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Provided by Phil Byrne VK2MCB

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Roar Nets February 17th and February 19th 2019

 

ROAR Nets Report for Sunday 17 February and Tuesday 19 Febuary 2019
 
Notice about Dstar Net
The ROAR Dstar Net will continue on Sunday 24 February 2019 at 2100z for 30 minutes.
The Net will take place on the following reflector which has been set aside for ROAR use: DCS299 (R) the dashboard for which is http://www.xlx299.nz

For those with PI-Star, please set your DEFAULT REFLECTOR to DCS299 Module R. Do this on the CONFIGURATION Screen in the”D-Star Configuration” panel and then APPLY CHANGES. You may also change reflectors on the ADMIN screen, but this will not be permanent and you may find yourself linking to the earlier setting.

Also, on your radios, if you want to go directly or via a repeater, the URCALL is DCS299spaceR.
Note the use of Peanut as an alternative to a radio; see below.
Looking forward to meeting up with you on 24 February at 2100z.

Thanks to Dev Gosine for the following information:
This reflector XRF 299 R was setup to be used by Rotarians worldwide and of course, whoever has a valid Amateur Radio license.
This Digital Voice mode will defy propagation and the need to have expensive amateur radio equipment.
Accessing XRF 299 R can be done in 3 very easy steps using an Android smartphone.

1. Just download and install the Peanut For Ham amateurs app from the Google Play Store
2. Get your personal code from PA7LIM
3. Connect to Room XRF 299 R ...

That's all there is to it.
 
Digital Net
From Phil VK2MCB
The plan was to hold a Digital Net on XRF299 R (Dstar) on 17 Feb at 2100Z.
In preparation, Bill and Vernon loaded Peanut on their Android Phones and got them serviceable.
The plan failed when the Refector XRF299 R went down and voice comms were not available at the designated time.
We will try again this coming Sunday at 2100Z.
However, I did manage to make contact with both Bill and Vernon outside the sked times with good comms.
Should you wish to try digital using Peanut, the program can be downloaded from the following website: http://peanut.pa7lim.nl/
It is available for both Android and Windows.
Unfortunately it won’t work on Apple devices as Apple won’t allow development work on Apple products.
Not being open source is a problem.

Sunday 17th February 2019
0800z - 0830z Anzo Net on 7,105 +/- QRM
From Bill VK4ZD
Peter VK3KCD was 59+5 to 59+10 and gave me 59+10
Doug ZL1BFS was 59+5 and gave me 59+10
Phil VK2MCB was 58-9+10 and gave me 59
Rod VK2VDR (visitor) was 59+20 and gave me 59+40
  
0830z-0930z Europe - Anzo Net on 14,295.2 Long Path
From Bill VK4ZD
Phil VK2MCB was 58 dropping to 56 here and 59+ on NZ's Bay Of Islands SDR Rx
Doug ZL1BFS was 56-7 here and gave me 56
Peter VK3KCD was heard once here but did not respond when called
Vernon G0EGW was 53-4 here and 55-6 on NZ's Bay Of Islands SDR Rx.
Nick G4HCK was 33 on NZ's Bay Of Islands SDR Rx.
Pertti EA7GSU was 54-5 on NZ's Bay Of Islands SDR Rx
Jean-Pierre F1CFA was 33-44 on NZ's Bay Of Islands SDR Rx.
Malcolm PA3AHC was 11-22 on NZ's Bay Of Islands SDR Rx
We went QRT at 0915z
 
From Phil VK2MCB
Bill VK4ZD was 59 and Doug was 57, giving me 53. I could not copy Peter VK3KCD or Vernon G0EGW at all.
 
0900z - 1000z UK 80-metre Net on 3,694
No report Received
 

1900z-1930z NA Transcontinental net on 7.185
No report Received
 

0830z Tuesday February 19th EUR 20m net on 14,295.2
From Bill VK4ZD
Vernon G0EGW was 55-6 here and gave me 36 in QRM
Phil VK2MCB was 34 here and 57 on NZ's Bay Of Islands SDR Rx
Doug ZL1BFS was 57-8 building to 59+5 here and gave me 59+20
Malcolm PA3AHC was 22 here
We went QRT at 0912z
 
From Phil VK2MCB
Bill VK4ZD was was 55 and Doug ZL1BFS was 59 giving me 59
Vernon G0EGW was just readable at 21
 
73
Phil VK2MCB

 

Philip Byrne
Rotary Club of Canberra
Australia
E: philipbyrne@bigpond.com

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