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Roar Nets November 18th and November 20th 2018


ROAR Nets Report for Sunday 18 November and Tuesday 20 November 2018
0700z - 0730z Anzo Net on 7,105 
From Phil VK2MCB
A small net today due to Bill VK4ZD and Diane’s VK4DI absence in Japan visiting ROAR members and touring the ICOM factory.
Very special!
Peter VK3KCD was only a whisper in the ether, about a 22 as was John ZL2JPM. However, Peter, John and I had spent the previous 40 minutes catching up on Dstar via the XLX299 Module R, which is provided gratis by the owner for ROAR usage. This is an excellent facility.
Doug ZL1BFS was a good signal on 40m giving me 54 and me reading him 57.

0730z-0830z Europe - Anzo Net on 14,295.2 Long Path

From Phil VK2MCB

Conditions were reasonable for solar minimum with some sunspots improving matters.
John ZL2JPM was a 57 signal and gave me the same. Doug ZL1BFS was 59 and gave me 57-9.
Peter VK3KCD was 32 but at 0751 Vernon G0EGW was heard at 55 and he gave me 55.
Doug ZL1BFS also had good contact with Vernon giving him 57. Nick G4HCK was a weak 21 and Pertti EA7GSU was 22.
From Doug ZL1BFS
A very interesting 20m ROAR Net.
Initially, all signals apart from VK2MCB were well down in the noise, which (on rotating my beam), seemed to be coming from Due North at S9.
Beaming on Long Path to Europe, the VKs became weaker, but the noise in that direction was only S3. There was some deep, slow, QSB over the whole duration of the net.
VK2MCB started as 54, but improved to 59 (and I received 59), but then conditions deteriorated to about 44 towards the end of the net.
VK3KCD was rarely better than 33, but sometimes worse with QSB On CW I exchanged 429 with Pertti EA7GSU and received 549 at 0742, but with the QSB he frequently dropped to readability 2. The problem then is that I missed characters, and parts of characters, and in that condition there is little or no context, and CW becomes almost un-intelligble.
Vernon, G0EGW was heard at 34 at 0740 but just before 0800 signals improved and we exchanged 57, peaking 59 for the remainder of the net. It was really wonderful having armchair copy after so many months of virtual oblivion.
Nick, G4HCK was heard (Readability 2 to 3) amidst the background noise, but around 0805 signals came up to 44. It was really nice to able to contact Nick again after so many months.
Then, at last, I heard Pertti on SSB at 0810. We only exchanged 33, but if he had been strength 3 during the earlier CW contact, he would have been readability 5, I am sure. It was really nice to be able to exchange reports on both modes Pertti.
0800z - 0900z UK 80-metre Net on 3,694
No report Received

1900z-1930z NA Transcontinental net on 7.185 September 2
From Ed N4EDT – North American Net News
There will not be a ROAR Net November 25, 2018​
I will be out of town and unable to call the net.
The next net activity will be DECEMBER 2ND, 2018, informal at 1900Z and the formal net will start at 1930Z.
Please consider becoming a Net Control operator. We need net control operators in the central part of the country.
This would help west coast members to check into the net.
The Formal ROAR Net Will be active on Sundays thru the end of 2018 at 1930Z.
The net will meet on 40 meters, 7.185MHZ +/- the QRM thru the end of 2018.

0730z Tuesday November 20th 2018 EUR 20m net on 14,295.2
From Phil VK2MCB
The sunspots had disappeared and with them, the propagation.
Pertti EA7GSU was 2/3-1 and Vernon G0EGW was 33 and gave me 31.
Better luck next time.



Philip Byrne
Rotary Club of Canberra

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