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Roar Nets September 18th to September 21st 2021

Report for Week beginning 18 September 2021
Please note the ANZO-EU Zoom meeting this coming Tuesday at 0730z.
Joining instructions at the end of this report following the Zoom Instructions for the Sunday Zoom meeting.

North American ROAR Digital Voice Net, Saturday 2021-September-4, 1900z
From Phil N9HWO
No Report Received
Sunday 26 September 2021
0600z-0630z D-Star Net
From Bill VK4ZD
Nick G4HCK, David ZL2WT, Phil VK2MCB,  Phil ZL2RO, John ZL2JPM, and I were present.
0630z - 0700z Anzo Net on 7,105 +/- QRM
From Bill VK4ZD
Peter VK3KCD was 59 and gave me 59
Doug ZL1BFS was 59 and gave  me 58

0700z - 0800z LP to Europe on 14,294 +/- 2KHz
From Bill VK4ZD
We moved  to 14,295 due to S7 QRM on 14.282-14.292
Doug ZL1BFS was 56 and gave  me 58-9 before I dropped to 55
Peter VK3KCD was not heard here but Doug copied Peter

From Nicholas G4HCK
I thought I heard Bill today but he was in the noise. I did manage to establish contact with F4FCW but no sooner had he arrived his signal vanished. With the exception of the enjoyable Peanut net that was it for today.

0800z - 0900z UK 80-metre Net on 3,694
From Bob G3SZF
No Report Received
From Noel WD8QHD/VA3
From Noel WD8QHD/VA3
ROAR IPP Ed N4EDT opened the meeting at 2030Z
There were 17 check-ins including:-
Dave WN5V
Craig KL7H
Steven N6MVX and Dixie (Guests of Craig KL7H)
Nate N8TE
Joe AF1E
Bill KC4D
Dixon KC5PL
George W9ZSJ
Phil N9HWO
Dale K9SK
Peter WA6LBY
Reports included delivery by Ingo KK6EWB of Hurricane Ida relief items for the city of Houma, LA provided by Rotary clubs in the Los Angeles, CA area.
Health and welfare reports on partners were also shared.
Ham ClubOnline updates were reported.
Software recommendations for use with Mac computers were discussed
Immediate ROAR PP Ed congratulated our group again for our commitment to Service
Above Self.
Great fellowship and much fun was enjoyed by all.
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.
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Ed Tyler - N4EDT is inviting you to a scheduled Zoom meeting.
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0700z - 0730z Tuesday September 14th EUR 20m net on 14,294 +/- 2KHz
From Bill VK4ZD
Vernon G0EGW was 43 and gave me 33
Doug ZL1BFS was 54-44
We went QRT at 0715z

Condx to EU were disappointing knowing that the SFI was on the rise again.
Current numbers are - SFI: 85   A-index: 7   K-Index: 2
Current Sunspot Count: 51

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Just for your information, this is what has been occupying me. You can find out more
information (if you want to) on the Website:


In June, I decided to take on the task of launching KiwiSAT. It had been built through
the loving hands of Radio Amateurs some 10 years ago, and had been sitting, perfectly
operational, in a “Clean” box at Ponga Road in Papakura. So long as your were in a
reasonable “line of sight” you could send messages to the satellite, and receive answers.
Line of sight would have been better, though, if it had been up in the sky.

It had never been launched, though, because following 9/11 the Americans activated “ITAR”
(International Traffic in Arms Regulations) which defined satellites as Military Weapons, and which
meant we couldn’t receive any technical help or assistance with a launch (which previous satellites
had received). So it sat, despite anticipated approaches to the Russians, the Chinese, and others.

Well, in June I called a meeting, and set the project in motion. I also produced a three year
“program” - then end of which was the launch. We had made phenomenal progress by the beginning
of last week, but there were still several things which we had not yet done (like re-registering it
with the United Nations) so we were surprised to receive an offer from Rocket Lab
As I said in the attached - we underwent frenzied activity.
We were not disappointed, though, to receive the email from Rocket Lab on Saturday (yesterday)
saying they were unable after all to do it this year - But they were interested in a later launch.


Begin forwarded message:

From: kdbirt <>
Subject: KiwiSAT Launch Information
Date: 18 September 2021 at 10:04:27 AM NZST
To: Douglas Birt <>

To the “Keep me Informed” group.

Last week, out of the blue, we received an offer from Rocket Lab to have KiwiSAT
included in a December 2021 launch.
This resulted in us moving into frenzied activity: shortening a sensible two year
launch program into 2 months. We thought we could do it and Ian Ashley and I had a
zoom discussion with Rocket Lab executives on Friday 17 September.

We are now able to breathe a sigh of relief, because at 8:41 this morning (Saturday)
I received the following message from Rocket Lab:

I’ve had some time to discuss manifesting your payload on our December rideshare and resourcing
internally. Unfortunately two months is just too tight for us right now to manifest you on this mission
with the resources we have available.

Rocket Lab is interested in supporting your program in the longer term and allows us to take the time
to work with you to properly plan a launch on a suitable mission in the next 1 to 2 years.

To be frank, it was really too short a time frame for AMSAT-ZL too, so it is a very pragmatic

Interim Project Coordinator


Philip Byrne
Rotary Club of Canberra

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