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Roar Nets November 14th to November 17th 2020

Report for Week beginning 14 October 2020
North American ROAR Digital Voice Net, Saturday 2020-11-14, 2000z
From Phil N9HWO
N9HWO Phil Fleming, Illinois USA
WA6LBY Peter More, California USA
K9THO Rick Sweeney, Nevada USA
AF1E, Joe Spears, North Carolina USA

0600z-0630z D-Star Net
From Bill VK4ZD
John ZL2JPM, Phil VK2MCB, Vernon G0EGW, Jean-Pierre F1CFA, Nick G4HCK, and I were present.
Note from Kammie 8P5AB
Hi I am a Rotarian of Rotary South Barbados and also a Ham radio operator with call sign 8P5AB. I will try checking in on the net next Sunday Australian time.
My station is made up of:
2M Beams
70CMS Beams
10M C4FM on 29.500
Kammie Holder
0630z - 0700z Anzo Net on 7,105 +/- QRM
From Bill VK4ZD
Peter VK3KCD was 58-9 and gave me 58
Doug ZL1BFS was 59+5 and gave me 59+20
John ZL2JPM built from 33 to 56 and gave me 59
Vernon G0EGW was 57 and gave me 41
Jean-Pierre F1CFA was 11
0700z - 0800z LP to Europe on 14,294
From Bill VK4ZD
Doug ZL1BFS was 59 and gave me 58
Jean-Pierre F1CFA built from 33 to 57 and gave me52-3 building to 56
Peter VK3KCD was 44
John ZL2JPM was 33-44 building to 55-6
Vernon G0EGW was 56-8 and gave me 57
Nick G4HCK was 22-55 and gave 54 building to 57-8
Brian G3LUW was 55-6 and gave me 57
We went QRT at 0800z
From John ZL2JPM
Hi Folks
I must express some satisfaction with the performance of a new portable setup I deployed for the ROAR nets. I was in a rural area and there was a bit of noise from power and electric fences.
A new portable antenna cut for 40m from 300ohm ribbon (a folded dipole) and a long-wire for other frequencies. Then IC705 was powered from a 4.5Ah Lithium via a 13.8v regulator and easily supplied the full 10w for both nets.
For 40m on the folded dipole:
VK4ZD 59 with 56-57 report to me
ZL2BFS 50+10 with 59 report to me
GOEGW 57 and some confusion thereafter
F1CFA 52 – not called
VK3KCD 42 – not called
For 20m on the long-wire:
Results not really satisfactory due to QRM and the lack of a balanced antenna system (more work)
VK4ZD peaked 57 and received 56, but then faded
Signals ebbed and flowed, but European stations (GOEGW, G4HCK & F1CFA) could be heard occasionally at around strength 2
Kind regards
John (ZL2JPM)
0900z - 1000z UK 80-metre Net on 3,694
From Bob G3SZF
G3SZF Bob was net control and was joined by
G7OAI John
G3LUW Brian
G3JJR John
G4LXD Bill
PA3AHC Malcolm
Conditions were good which probably explained the high levels of QRM. It was good to hear from Malcolm and he again promoted his planned 20m international CQ at 1400, 1500 and 1600z. Brian reported on the earlier 20m net which suggests that DX activity is improving. All round another interesting net within the context of Lockdown 2.
73s Bob G3SZF
From Noel WD8QHD/VE3
ROAR President ED N4EDT called the meeting to order at 2000Z
There were 22 check ins including:-
Peter WA6LBY
George W9ZSJ
Dixon KC5PL
Nate N8TE
Gustavo PT4ADM
Bill KC4D
Howie K2TWL
Ruth Ann W9FBU
Noel NM5AB
Joe AF1E
Phil N9HWO
Rick K9THO
Dev 9Y4DG
Eddie N7EDD
Nick G4HCK
Craig KL4E
President started off with a poll - what is our desired time to start the net.
And the survey said, it was a split between 2100Z and 2200 Z. So the net will begin with the warm-up session at 2100Z and the meeting will begin at 2130Z.
Ed then introduced a topic of telling our ages without using numbers. As with any Rotary group, there was a great diversity of experiences. From being the first peacetime baby to relation to JFK's death. It was an informative and interesting exercise.
Then followed a general round of accounts of Rotary activities - meeting formats, planned speakers and then amateur radio experiences. Again demonstrating a wide variety of events and actions.
There was a suggestion that we share with others our excess and surplus radio gear. Eddie N7EDD will know what to do with it.
Ed closed the meeting at 2138Z
Another excellent net
Join the Weekly NET/ZOOM meeting this Sunday.
Please note that the time is *** 2130Z Sunday *** (warmup from 2100z)
Ed Tyler - N4EDT is inviting you to a scheduled Zoom meeting.
​Cell 205-919-4610  (Feel free to text me at this number if the need arises.)
ZOOM Meeting info:
Note the timing details are for Australian Eastern Standard Time – you need to adjust for your time zone.
The meeting will be on Sunday at 2130Z.
ROAR Zoom Meeting
When: Mon 7.30am – 8:30am Australian Eastern Standard Time - Brisbane
Where: (map)
Who: more details »
Ed Tyler - N4EDT is inviting you to a scheduled Zoom meeting open to all ROAR members.
Topic: Ed Tyler - N4EDT's Zoom Meeting
Meeting ID: 784 824 7670
0700z Tuesday November 17th EUR 20m net on 14,294
From Bill VK4ZD
Peter VK3KCD was 57 and gave me 57-8 peaking 59
Vernon G0EGW built from 11-22 to 44-55 and gave me 56
We went QRT at 0746z


Philip Byrne
Rotary Club of Canberra

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