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Roar Nets July 24th to 26th 2022

Report for Week beginning 24 July 2022.
North American ROAR Digital Voice Net, Saturday 2022 July 23, 2000z
From Joe AF1E
No Report Received

0530z - 0600z Digital Net
From Bill VK4ZD
Nick G4HCK, Phil VK2MCB, John ZL2JPM, and I were present

0600z - 0630z Anzo Net on 7,130 +/- 5KHz
From Bill VK4ZD
Helmut VK4YKI (visitor)was 57-8 and gave me 59
Vernon G0EGW was 55
James VK4TOY (visitor) was 57
Peter VK3KCD was 58 and gave me 59
Reg VK7KK was 55
I went QRT 0625z

0630z - 0730z LP to Europe on 14,294 +/- 2KHz
From Bill VK4ZD
Peter VK3KCD was 55-7 and gave me 57
Jean-Pierre F1CFA was 53 and gave me 52-5
Vernon G0EGW was 54-5 and gave me 42
Jacques F4FCW was 22
Nick G4HCK was 53 and gave me 53 also
We went QRT at 0710z
From Peter VK3KCD
Good propagation on 20 this weekend
G0EGW 57 received 55
F1CFA 21 received 52
VK4ZD 57 received 55
VK4ZD 59 received 58
VK7KK 57 received 59
73 Peter VK3KCD

0800z - 0900z UK 80-metre Net on 3,694
From Bob G3SZF
G3SZF Bob was net control, joined by
G0EGW Vernon
G3JJR John
G4LXD Bill
John G7OAI was away on Rotary duties. Conditions and signals were generally good around UK. Vernon reported some activity on the earlier HF nets particularly 40m. Another good net with reports of interesting activities at Rotary clubs. 73 to Brian and other listeners.
73s Bob G3SZF
From Noel WD8QHD/VA3
In the absence of IPP ROAR Ed N4EDT USCB West VP Craig KL7H was in the chair he opened the meeting at 2030Z. There 18 check ins including
Linda W7SPA
Eddie N7EDD
Douglas KD2VQA
Bill KC4D
Peter WA6LBY
Phil N9HWO
Dale K9SK
Nate N8TE
Noel NM5AB
Will G0OPL
Dixon KC5PL
Scott KK7HSR
Howie K2TWL
A great time of sharing health and welfare reports of the group, of Rotary club activities and events and projects.
AR reports of band openings, FT4 and FT8 activities including a contact with VK0MQ on Macquarie Island.
There was mention of the ROAR Reunion in Pahrump, NV and a proposed Reunion in Virginia in the near future.
A Good meeting with much sharing with Craig KL7H at the helm. He closed the meeting at 2132Z


0630z - 0700z Tuesday July 26th EUR net on 14,294 +/- 2KHz
From Bill VK4ZD

Jean-Pierre F1CFA was 42 and gave me 41
Vernon G0EGW was 54 and gave me 54 also
We went QRT at 06:57z

From Jean-Pierre F1CFA
I was in late, taking a big coffee cup before transmitting.
This morning, VK4ZD was 51 to 41 with the strong QSB.
Vernon G0EGW came with a 53 signal when his antenna was a long path, then 57 when looking at me. With these bad signals it was difficult to QSO others stations like Jacques F4FCW. I was said he was on frequency earlier. But no news from Serge F1BFL or Malcolm PA3AHC
Jean-Pierre F1CFA
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In Memoriam – Douglas Birt ZL1BFS
It is with great sadness that I must report the passing of our very active New Zealand ROAR Member, Doug Birt ZL1BFS.

John ZL2JPM passed to me the following message:
I understand that he recently discovered some “lumps” and these developed rapidly. He said the diagnosis was lymphatic cancer (of some kind). When I spoke with him this time last week, he said he was extremely weak and that his prognosis for a successful outcome was less than 30%, but that chemo therapy was planned for “yesterday”. However, he was buoyant and cheerful about the tasks he looked forward to addressing. In particular, some more NZART work and KiwiSat. Huge loss!
Doug has been a driving force in NZ Amateur circles with our submissions to local government on antenna heights, etc. He was COO of a District Council (Gisborne) and understood the planning processes and how to influence them. More often than not, we had an outcome we could live with. (There are 70+ such councils in NZ and all can be different!).
I also knew him from earlier roles in Telcom NZ. He was a (almost life-long) Post Office Engineer and when the Post Office was privatised to become Telecom, he wound up as the strategic planner for Auckland RegionI understand he was later made redundant and joined the Gisborne District Council: his Post Office field engineering work would have been relevant.
I guess the shock is the speed with which things developed – it looks like his illness took off and his health declined within the space of a couple of weeks!
Sad, as his like will never be seen again in the areas he was involved in.



Philip Byrne
Rotary Club of Canberra

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