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Roar Nets March 15th and 17th 2020


Report for Week beginning 1 March 2020
Don’t forget the Digital Net on Saturdays at 2100z on XLX299R.
Sunday 8th March 2020
0700z-0730z D-Star Net
From Bill VK4ZD
David ZL2WT, Phil VK2MCB, Vernon W4/G0EGW, Nick G4HCK, and myself were present.
Peanut appeared to have bumped David and Phil off of the system.
I was forced to use Peanut because the link via my local repeater did not work.
Vernon was stuck in the USA waiting for a flight home.
0730z - 0800z Anzo Net on 7,105 +/- QRM
From Bill VK4ZD
Doug ZL1BFS was 59+5-10 and gave me 59+10-15
Peter VK3KCD was 59+5 and gave me 59+10-15

0800z-0900z Europe - Anzo Net on 14,294 / 14,285 Long Path
From Bill VK4ZD
Doug ZL1BFS was 59 and gave me 59+15
Peter VK3KCD was 44 and gave me 32
Chul 6K5XZE (visitor) was 56 and gave me 59 at 0907z
Doug succeeded in contacting Nick G4HCK and Malcolm PA3AHC
We went QRT at 0913z..
Emails between Bill VK4ZD and Jean-Pierre F1CFA
On 16/03/2020 8:20 am, Jean-Pierre Aubanton wrote:
Hello Bill, This morning, I can't meet the group.
Italian Peoples, as usual using 1 KW or More, blocked the web Some one
were "agressives" !! tuning on the frequency.
So, 7105 was impossible, and 14295 or 84 were blocked or poor.
I know that G4HCK was on frequency too, but.....
Hello Jean-Pierre
I hope you are keeping well.
7.105 was in use and so we used 7.110 instead.
We could also hear European activity on that frequency.
On 20m we used 14.294 as usual.
Doug ZL1BFS made contact with Nick G4HCK and also Malcolm PA3AHC after 0845z.
Bill Main, VK4ZD
0900z - 1000z UK 80-metre Net on 3,694
From Bob G3SZF
G7OAI John was net control and was joined by
PA3AHC Malcolm, who was 4/7 with most stations
G3LUW Brian, who reported some VK contacts on 80m during the Commonwealth Contest
G3JJR John
G3OKT John
Conditions and inter-G reports were good.
And, from John G7OAI
I opened the net at 0800Z, and was quickly joined by G3SZF, G3JJR & G3LUW. G3OKT called in a few minutes later.
Conditions were only fair, the main problem being someone with a persistent intermittent carrier a couple of kcs below us,
sufficient occasionally to make copy impossible, but we managed. Malcolm, PA3AHC had a couple of overs, but was only 4x4 via Hack Green (SDR). (My only way to copy all except Brian!)
The coronavirus is making us a bit nervous about our AGM in May, but we will decide nearer the time how to proceed.
We may be forced to cancel, but hope not.
Signal reports as heard through HG:-
Bob, G3SZF, 59 (Signed out at 0818Z)
Brian, G3LUW, 59+20
John, G3JJR, 59
John, G3OKT, 55 - 58
Malcolm, PA3AHC, 44
I closed the net at 0837Z
73, G7OAI
2100z NA Transcontinental net on 7.185
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!
​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!
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​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 :  
Ed - N4EDT
​Cell 205-919-4610  (Feel free to text me at this number if the need arises.)
0800z Tuesday March 17th EUR 20m net on 14,294 / 14,285
From Bill VK4ZD
I called both LP or SP into Europe until 0900z but the band did not open.
Notes on DSTAR Net
Jean-Pierre F1CFA has been seeking advice on how to join the Digital Net on Sundays at 0700Z.
Peter VK3KCD, Bill VK4ZD and Nick G4HCK have provided some advice on Dstar and Peanut to Jean-Pierre already.
Peter’s response is included for information:
Great to receive your email Jean-Pierre and yes I do have a D star hotspot I bought from Phil Garside ZL2RO who
runs the xlx/xrf299 reflector with a dedicated mode for ROAR. This cost about $300 NZ and I am aware that there are less expensive ones available.
Another option is an app called Peanut which can be used on PC and Android but not apple devices.
This is managed by PA7LIM does not require a hotspot and is quite easy to configure. Vernon G0EGW uses this and I believe Nick G4HCK also.
The ROAR digital net runs from 0700z to 0730z on Sundays on the xrf299r mode and also on Tuesday there is often some activity prior to the 0800z 20mx net.
Hope that is of some interest
Peter VK3KCD



Philip Byrne
Rotary Club of Canberra

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