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Roar Nets November 21st to November 24th 2020

Report for Week beginning 21 October 2020
Due to changes in propagation and to allow our European friends to sleep in a little I recommend the nets all be 30 minutes later.
(This does not apply to the Zoom Meeting. Note that the Zoom meeting this coming Sunday is cancelled due to Thanksgiving.)
North American ROAR Digital Voice Net, Saturday 2020-11-21, 2000z
From Phil N9HWO
No Report Received
0600z-0630z D-Star Net
Next Sunday 0630z - 0700z
From Bill VK4ZD
John ZL2JPM, Phil ZL2RO, Nick G4HCK, David ZL2WT, and I were present.
0630z - 0700z Anzo Net on 7,105 +/- QRM
Next Sunday 0700z - 0730z
From Bill VK4ZD
Brian VK2BX was 59+5
Peter VK3KCD was 57-8 building to 59 and gave me the same
Barry VK2LBG (visitor) and I exchanged 59+20 reports
John ZL2JPM was 57 and gave me 46
We went QRT at 0658z
0700z - 0800z LP to Europe on 14,294
Next Sunday 0730z - 0830z
From Bill VK4ZD
John ZL2JPM was 57 and gave me 55
Peter VK3KCD was 55-6 and gave me 57
Brian VK2BX was 59+10
Doug ZL1BFS had his amplifier working again, was 59+5 and gave me 57-9
Miika OH2BAD was initially 54 building to 56 and gave me 52 building to 56
Vernon G0EGW was initially 55-6 building to 59 and gave me 33 building to 58-9
Alain F4GHB (long time no hear) was 57 and gave me 55
Nick G4HCK was 22 buiding to 55-56 and gave 52 building to 56 and then 59+
Nick also worked us as his new SE call GB4HKO
Jean-Pierre F1CFA was 54 and gave me 56
Guenther LX2MG (visitor) called at 0834z, was 58-9 and gave  me 59
0900z - 1000z UK 80-metre Net on 3,694
From Bob G3SZF
G3SZF Bob was net control and was joined by
G7OAI/P John up on his hill
G3LUW Brian
G3JJR John
G3OKT John
PA3AHC Malcolm
Conditions were good although QRM was troublesome at times. Malcolm joined briefly at the start of the net and was a good signal in UK. Brian reported on the earlier 20m net which suggests that DX activity is improving. Another good net with interesting thoughts on interference issues.
73s Bob G3SZF
From Noel WD8QHD/VE3
ROAR President Ed N4EDT chaired the meeting
Also checkIng in were
Howie K2TWL
Warren W0WT
George W9ZSJ
Nick G4HCK
Phil N9HWO
Joe AF1E
Noel NM5AB
Craig KL4E
Ruth Ann W9FBU
Peter WA6LBY
Dixon KC5PL
Eddie N7EDD
David K9PAK
Andy AE5EA
Nate N8TE
Vernon G0EGW
There was the round of reports of Rotary and Amateur Radio activity.
An interesting note was that the last three Secretaries of the fellowship, Noel WD8QHD, Andy AE5EA and Phil N9HWO who have never met were in the same Zoo meeting. They represent the last 20 years of ROAR fellowship from 2000 to 2020.
Due to the US Thanksgiving Day Holiday there will be no meeting next Sunday, November 29
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 24th EUR 20m net on 14,294
Next Tuesday 0730z - 0800z
From Bill VK4ZD
Peter VK3KCD was 57 and gave me 59
Vernon G0EGW built from 54 to 56-7 and gave me 54 building to 57
He has taken on a new profession as chimney sweep and is now named Sooty
Nick G4HCK was 55 and gave me 52-6
Jean-Pierre was 54-5 and gave me 52-3
It was noted that once the 0900z Euro-Oceania Zoom meetings begin, Nick and Vernon will share the fortnightly hosting.
We went QRT at 0806z
Note from Douglas ZL1BFS that you might find interesting:
I have been working with Auckland University on their Space Program, helping them get frequencies licensed for the satellite control systems and the downloading of data from their experiments.
They had to use frequencies allocated to amateurs for space research. To get these authorised they had to become affiliated with our Hibiscus Coast Radio Club, and I helped them through the process. Then they had to get the support of the International Amateur Satellite Organisation (AMSAT), and because I am a committee member of AMSAT-ZL (the New Zealand Branch). I helped them with that too. It is quite a thrill to have a launch behind us.
About 8 years ago a member of our branch engineered the building of a big satellite, called KiwiSAT, which was intended to do several functions, including experiments with propagation. That satellite is fully operational, but so far has not been launched because it is classified as a military weapon under the USA “ITAR” laws, and that stymied us for a while. The group I have started working with is trying to address the problems, and to raise a million dollars for the Launch (It is a big satellite and Rocket Lab can’t do it).
So it is not just District Plans that I get involved in!
PS, if you want to watch the launch you could try the following U-Tube


Philip Byrne
Rotary Club of Canberra

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