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Roar Nets March 22nd and 24th 2020


Report for Week beginning 22 March 2020
Don’t forget the Digital Net on Saturdays at 2100z on XLX299R.
Sunday 22nd March 2020
0700z-0730z D-Star Net
From Bill VK4ZD
Jean-Pierre F1CFA (yay 1st time), Phil VK2MCB, Nick G4HCK, David ZL2WT, Vernon W4/G0EGW, John ZL2JPM, Phil ZL2RO and myself were present.
I was forced to use Peanut because the link via my local repeater did not work again.
As a result I have ordered a ShackSpot from Glenn VK4NGA.
Vernon was still stuck in the USA waiting for a flight home but hopes to get home by 26/27 March.
From Jean-Pierre F1CFA
Hello friends,
I experienced for the first time the Dstar Rotary dédicated net with the group. Thanks to all who help me to use the Peanut...So great !
For the first time I could hear the voices of our VIP members !
I explain : My Hear, my 80th years, and my processor ageing...Some difficulty for me...
Bill is perfect; Phil also, Nick sound nicely too.
Vernon was speaking too much ( !!!! ) and a bit too fast for me. But It was 2 o'clock for him in USA ! Glad to know he is returning soon in England.
Dave was OK but a bit difficult as le Peanut was disturbed on him
Except this, everybody had a very good strong and clear 5 by 9. 😀
On the over hand, 7105 was impossible and 20 m strongly noisy, disturbed, QRM, ASO....
On 40m I use now a vertical 10m long antenna. For The 80, 40, 20 I use the skywire which is giving me a quiet recept but due to the multi lob figure is sending everywhere. So the resulting power is lower. So, for transmitting on 20m , the delta loop is much better. I use it also on 17 m.
Thanks a lot for this first but very good meeting.
This report is also for Malcolm, as you can see...Go ahead Malcolm !
My Parrain Pertti would be proud for us !
0730z - 0800z Anzo Net on 7,105 +/- QRM
From Bill VK4ZD
Doug ZL1BFS was 59+10-15 and gave me 59+10
Peter VK3KCD was 59+5
John ZL2JPM was 58 and gave me 59
0800z-0900z Europe - Anzo Net on 14,294 / 14,285 Long Path
From Bill VK4ZD
Doug ZL1BFS was 58-9 and gave me 59+5
Peter VK3KCD was 11 here
John ZL2JPM was 55-6 and gave me 54
Nothing heard from Europe
We went QRT at 0830z.
From Nick G4HCK
I called out on 14.294 without success then around 08.50 a contest station jumped in and took over the frequency.
0900z - 1000z UK 80-metre Net on 3,694
No Report Received
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!
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 :  
Ed - N4EDT
​Cell 205-919-4610  (Feel free to text me at this number if the need arises.)
From Noel WD8QHD
Phil: we had a great net on Sunday (March 22) with 10 Check-ins.
N4EDT Ed, AL, Pres ROAR, was Net Control
KC4D Bill, VA, Asst NC
AF1E Joe , NC E North Am VP
WN5V Dave LA
VE3BFU Jana, ON, Rotarian Visitor
KN9H Bob, IL Visitor
NiTOP Malcolm NH Visitor
KD9CHC Ronald, IN Visitor
Hot topics were cancellation of RI Convention and Dayton Hamfest.
Ed outlined his plan to hold the ROAR AGM on ZOOM in 3 stages to cover all world zones. He reiterated his request for a nominee for ROAR Pres, - by rotation should come from Europe.
Much inside humour on crawfish appreciated by those from the southern states.
Some serious chat about what our clubs are doing during the Covid 19 crises.
Again a great net.
I trust you and your computer stay virus free.
0800z Tuesday March 17th EUR 20m net on 14,294 / 14,285
From Bill VK4ZD
The band did not open to Europe today
From Nick G4HCK
Nothing on the bands today. SFI 70 K 2 so I would have thought we stood a chance. But the god of propagation said NO !!
Take care in these challenging times.



Philip Byrne
Rotary Club of Canberra

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