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Roar Nets March 7th to March 9th 2021

Report for Week beginning 7 March 2021
North American ROAR Digital Voice Net, Saturday 2021-March-6, 2000z
From Phil N9HWO
N9HWO, Phil, Illinois USA
AF1E, North Carolina, USA
W4/4G4S, Sunny, Virginia, USA

Sunday 7 March 2021
0630z-0700z D-Star Net
From Bill VK4ZD
Phil VK2MCB, Nick G4HCK, and I were present. The system was ok apart from a few dropouts.
0700z - 0730z Anzo Net on 7,105 +/- QRM
From Bill VK4ZD
Peter VK3KCD was 59
Doug ZL1BFS was 59+10 and gave me 59
John ZL2JPM was 26-57 when running 10w and 100w respectively and gave me 43 and 52
Brian VK2BX was 59+
0730z - 0830z LP to Europe on 14,294 +/- 2KHz
From Bill VK4ZD
John ZL2JPM was 55-6 and gave me 59
Doug ZL1BFS was 59 and gave me 59+10
Peter VK3KCD was 54 and gave me 43
Brian VK2BX was 54 and gave me 55
Jean-Pierre F1CFA was 33-54 and gave me43-54
Zenek SP5INQ (visitor) was 57 and gave me 58 at 0751z
Jacques F4FCW was present but no report
Malcolm PA3AHC was 54-5 and gave me 43
Nick G4HCK was 54-5 and gave me 44-5 then 54
Brian G3LUW was 31 buiding to 54-5 and gave me 54
We went QRT at 0833z
From Jean Pierre F1CFA
On 8/03/2021 3:33 am, Jean-Pierre Aubanton wrote:
Dear friends : This morning report (Europe)...
7105 : a powerful Russian station was located 1 KHz lower...Game over !
14294 : Very weak at first, improving with time.
ZL1BFS : 51 / 56
VK3KCD : No report but on frequency...about 51..
VK4ZD : at best 51, but mainly 41...Congratulations Bill for your patience !!
One visitor. Contact with Bill.
Was G4HCK, G3LUW, G0EGW, PA3AHC on frequency ??? I don't know...
Important QSB,
Question for everybody : Our frequencies seems to be used by some
stations becoming steady.
It's perhaps time to find one new frequency ? no ?
Jean-Pierre CFA
From Bill VK4ZD
Hello Jean-Pierre
Every frequency is busy.
We have moved before and when we change time it is also an issue.
I will listen to advice.
Bill Main, VK4ZD
From Douglas ZL1BFS
Why can’t we set a range? Say, 14294 + or - 2? Then if there is QRM 1kHz down, we just move 2kHz up and get clear.
So long as every ROAR member knows they have to scan + or - 2kHz, we should not lose anything, and we should all be able find the sked with not too much trouble.
From Nicholas G4HCK
I thought I would add my observations.
Who am I to disagree with Jean Pierre??
However the band over recent months has been awful and is just beginning to wake up. I wonder how many stations we could not hear in the past which as the band improves will now become audible. I have a European station who normally appears around 08.00 gmt and causes major problems. However is it that he starts at 08.00 or the band changes around that time. Another major consideration is that it’s taken me around 5 years to remember 14.294 so to change it could be a major problem for me !!!
Perhaps just one week we could try another frequency and see what happens.
From Malcolm PA3AHC
Why not , although I agree with Bill's points..
The problem is too that we here in Europe often have QRM ( Italians !) that you folks don't .
From Bill VK4ZD
Hi Doug (and everyone)
I think your idea holds a lot of merit.
For the 20m sched the frequency must be 14.294 +/- 2KHz.
0900z - 1000z UK 80-metre Net on 3,694
From Bob G3SZF
G3LUW Brian was net control and was joined by
G3JJR John
G7OAI John
G3OKT John
M1ADK Geoff
Conditions and signals were fine around UK.
It was good to be joined by Geoff M1ADK a Rotarian and potential member who will hopefully join us again.
Another good net including Brian reporting on his earlier QSO with VK4ZD so perhaps propagation is improving.
From Noel WD8QHD/VA3
ROAR President Ed N4EDT opened the meeting at2030Z with 22 checkins
including :-
WN5V David
K2TWL Howie
NM5AB Noel;
N8TE Nate
PT2ADM Gustavo
KL7H Craig
WA6AAI/0 Stan
K9SK Dale
N9HWO Phil
AF1E Joe
KC5PL Dixon
G4HCK Nick
KC4D Bill
WI9R Carlos
W9FBO Ruth Ann
N7EDD Eddie
W9ZSJ George
WA6LBY Peter
Much discussion on WX, band conditions, Rotary club activities - meeting formats and amateur radio activities including operating modes and the CW ROAR net
Informative and interesting.
ROAR Zoom Meeting
The weekly Fellowship of Rotarians Of Amateur Radio ZOOM meeting will be held at 2030Z this coming Sunday.
ZOOM meeting access will be open at 2000Z.
Join early and verify that your audio and video are working properly while enjoying some social contact with your fellow ROAR members.
The ZOOM meeting information is:
Ed Tyler - N4EDT is inviting you to a scheduled Zoom meeting.
Topic: Ed Tyler - ROAR weekly meeting
Join Zoom Meeting
Meeting ID: 784 824 7670
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0730z Tuesday March 9th EUR 20m net on 14,294 +/- 2KHz
From Bill VK4ZD
I was using VK100AF
Peter VK3KCD and I exchanged 59 reports at 0743z
Des ZL3AK (visitor) and I exchanged 59 reports at 0745z
Brian G3LUW was 55 and gave me 54 at o820z
Jacques F4FCW   was 57 and gave me 53 at 0827z
Malcolm PA3AHC was 33 at 0833z
Nick G4HCK was 54 and gave me 53 at 0833z
Vernon was 59 and gave me 58 at 0837z


Philip Byrne
Rotary Club of Canberra

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