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Roar Nets December 15th and 17th 2019


Report for Week of 15 December 2019
Don’t forget the Digital Net on Saturdays at 2100z on XLX299R.
Sunday 15th December 2019
0700z-0730z D-Star Net
From Bill VK4ZD
Phil VK2MCB, John ZL2JPM and myself were present
0730z - 0800z Anzo Net on 7,105 +/- QRM
From Bill VK4ZD
Doug ZL1BFS was 59+10 and gave me 59+5 peaking 59+20
John ZL2JPM was 57-8 and gave me the same
0800z-0900z Europe - Anzo Net on 14,295.2 / 14,285 Long Path
From Bill VK4ZD
Doug ZL1BFS was 57-8  and gave me 59
John ZL2JPM was 57
Vernon G0EGW was initially 23 here but built to 55-6 and gave me 55 building to 56-7
Freddy ZL2FAD (visitor) was 55-6 and gave me 59
We moved to 14.275 to avoid QRM
We went QRT at 0846z
0800z - 0900z UK 80-metre Net on 3,694
No Report Received
2100z NA Transcontinental net on 7.185
The Net will be on 7.185MHZ
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​ZOOM allows net controls to collaborate on getting a new caller recognized.  
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At 1830Z you can join net control on ZOOM by using this Zoom Meeting link :  
Ed - N4EDT
​Cell 205-919-4610  (Feel free to text me at this number if the need arises.)
0800z Tuesday December 17th EUR 20m net on 14,295.2 / 14,285
From Bill VK4ZD
Radar commenced at 0810z.
Vernon G0EGW called me and so we decided to move to 14.285
Signals were poor on the long path at that time so we turned to the short path and Vernon was 56 , giving me 57
I had been listening to a Danish SDR and heard my signal peak on the short path
When Vernon went QRT at 0848z I was called by Freddy ZL2FAD so I switched to the quad facing NZ and LP to Europe
Freddy was then 57 to me and gave me 59+20.
We chatted for a while and Vernon must have heard the QSO because Freddy had never worked the UK and so as I signed with Freddy Vernon gave him a call.
Vernon was now peaking 58 to me (on the long path). Freddy made his first contact into the UK.
From Phil VK2MCB
Now that I am an apartment dweller, no longer with good antennas, I am looking around for an apartment antenna. This has been discussed with Bill and John ZL2JPM.
I am examining magnetic loops and in the interim, am buying a portable dipole.
Also, John ZL2JPM, with YL, is visiting the UK in June 2020. We are examining the feasibility of getting together, perhaps in London. John’s email below refers.
From John ZL2JPM – Email to Phil
I mentioned that Helen and I would be in the UK next year and that the dates in the London – Cotswolds – London area lie between 18th June and 26th June (2020). I’ve not yet investigated whether there is a possibility of catching up with other ROAR members – another to do list item. Chances are I’m in the wrong places, but maybe it could work if a number of us targeted London towards the end of that period – say 26th.
I also heard you mentioning the Magnetic Loop. These antennas have been performing well for several members of a local net here. They all constructed their own devices, but it is fair to say that there is much work involved and the tuning capacitor is no “walk in the park” as it must withstand 15Kv and be variable (remotely) between about 13pF and several hundred pF. I’ve attached a chart of the various dimensions involved – as a guide. Basically, you can get several bands with “reasonable” performance (e.g. 40m, 20m) on the same loop.


Philip Byrne
Rotary Club of Canberra

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