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Provided by Phil Byrne VK2MCB

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Roar Nets April 12th and 14th 2020

Report for Week beginning 12 April 2020
 
Don’t forget the Digital Net on Saturdays at 2100z on XLX299R.
 
Sunday 12th April 2020
0700z-0730z D-Star Net
From Bill VK4ZD
Phil VK2MCB, David ZL2WT, Nick G4HCK, Dev 9Y4DG, John ZL2JPM, Peter VK3FPSR, Jean-Pierre F1CFA, and I were present.
 
0730z - 0800z Anzo Net on 7,105 +/- QRM
From Bill VK4ZD
As both 7.105 and 7.110 were in use we used 7.115
Peter VK3KCD was 58-9 and gave me 59
 
0800z-0900z Europe - Anzo Net on 14,294 / 14,285 Long Path
From Bill VK4ZD
Peter VK3KCD was 55-5 and gave me 55
 
From Douglas ZL1BFS
I was somewhat late for the 40m net at 0730z I listened and called for the last 10 minutes, on both possible frequencies, but heard nothing.
At 0800z I went to 14294kHz and called and listened for about 20 minutes, but once again I heard nothing.
At 0820 I tuned the whole length of the 20m band and I heard no signals from anywhere. So I guess the Band was completely dead at my QTH
73s
Douglas, ZL1BFS
 
Reply From Bill VK4ZD
Hi Doug
Sorry you didn’t find us.
I was on 40m the whole 30 minutes chatting with Peter VK3KCD.
We were on 7.115 because both 7.105 and 7.110 were both busy.
The band was very busy indeed. We could hear a EA5 calling CQ contest on our frequency also.
Yep, 20m was a waste of space :(
 
0900z - 1000z UK 80-metre Net on 3,694
From Bob G3SZF
G7OAI John was net control and was joined by
PA3AHC Malcolm, briefly at the start of the net, 5/6
G3LUW Brian
G3SZF Bob
G3JJR John
G3OKT John
G4LXD Bill
Conditions and inter-G reports were reasonable. Everyone was keeping safe over this unusual Easter holiday. It was agreed that the AGM would be via ZOOM or similar this year, holding on to the possibility of a get together later in the year.

From John G7OAI
I heard Malcolm, PA3AHC call in at 0758Z, and Brian, G3LUW returned his call. I let their QSO continue for a few minutes until Brian called me in to run the net today. John, G3OKT was also there, but very weak with me, even through Hack Green. Bob, G3SZF was next, with G3JJR soon after. Finally Bill, G4LXD joined us for the last few minutes.
Various topics kept us occupied for a good 1/2 hour, ranging from wild life in our gardens (Brian has a favourite mole!) to how to hold our AGM, which will probably be via Zoom sometime in May. We are all coping well under the present lock-down conditions, if a little frustrated from time to time, but much better than those living in cramped accommodation. We are amongst the fortunate, having some land outside to enjoy/work on.
Conditions were challenging today, with signals varying wildly at times. My latest antenna, a W3EDP seems to be a little better, but still a bit deaf....
I Closed the net at 0843Z
73, G7OAI.
 
2100z NA Transcontinental net on 7.185
(
4PM EST or 3PM CST)
The Net will be on 7.185MHZ
Join Us on the ZOOM video conference and give us your input on how to improve the net!
​https://zoom.us/j/7848247670
​Join the Video conference even if you don't have HF or can't hear the net on HF!
You can join the net on ZOOM.  If you do have HF capability and can not hear the net, we can work with you thru ZOOM to locate a frequency that will allow us to communicate over the airwaves!
Join The Net On Sunday and enjoy the fellowship!
ZOOM has added a new dimension to the net activities making it possible to bring more people into the net.  
​ZOOM allows net controls to collaborate on getting a new caller recognized.  
Join us on ZOOM and Join the ROAR net. 
If you can hear Net Control or a Relay Station you can tell us and additional efforts will be made to log you into the net over the air. 
At 1830Z you can join net control on ZOOM by using this Zoom Meeting link : https://zoom.us/j/7848247670  
Ed - N4EDT
​Cell 205-919-4610  (Feel free to text me at this number if the need arises.)
ehtyler@icloud.com
  
0800z Tuesday April 14th EUR 20m net on 14,294 / 14,285
From Bill VK4ZD
No propagation at all at this time.
 
From Nick G4HCK
Hello everyone
Where has the new sun spot cycle gone. Thank goodness for peanut.
On Sunday I just heard Vernon and today Tuesday nothing. The K factor was 3. The path UK to overseas is only just opening (0815 GMT) according to the chart I monitor.
Ah well better luck next week. Keep washing those hands!!

 

73
Phil VK2MCB

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

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