Radio Officers Amateur Radio Society
ROARS MISSION STATEMENT
- To encourage Radio Officers to use their professional skills to benefit the worldwide radio amateur community
- To promote the use of professional skills in radio amateur-led communications during times of national disaster and emergency
- To preserve and extend the use of a professional standard of morse code in the radio amateur fraternity
- To advise and, where practical, assist Radio Officers in the installation of radio amateur stations and antennae
- To provide and manage on-air net forums for Radio Officers to communicate directly using radio amateur facilities
- To assist Radio Officers in gaining a radio amateur licence if required
Amateur Radio – A National Asset
- Amateur Radio in the United Kingdom performs the following National and International functions:
- It provides a source of interest and expertise which encourages and supports careers in electronics industries and services.
- Amateur Radio operates and maintains national and international emergency communications networks for disaster relief – viz. Mexican and Californian earthquakes, Lockerbie air crash, rescue of ocean going yachtsmen, New York’s September 11th, East Anglia Floods, Balkans uprisings and civil wars, Tsunami aftermath. (The basic design of amateur radio equipment enables it to be operated from minimal supplies e.g. car batteries, if the national grid is put out of action.) Its application to assist in countering the effects of a major terrorist attack should be recognised.
- Amateur radio provides a pool of telecommunications, computer and electronics expertise which can be quickly drawn upon in times of war.
- The Amateur Radio fraternity bridges cultural, political and ethnic boundaries. Its various modes of operation enable language barriers to be overcome.
- Amateur radio participants provide one of the World’s largest R&D facilities (unpaid) which contributes to the many fields of communications viz. propagation studies, new modes of communication such as HF SSB and meteor scatter, satellite communications, digital modes and related systems.
- Some 60,000 amateurs are licensed in the U.K. (131 ROA Members have amateur callsigns). Hundreds of thousands embrace the hobby from every country on the Planet. The USA, Rest of Europe, Russia and Japan are leading proponents.
CW net on Thursday evening at 1930 UK local time, 7018 KHz in summer and 3538 KHz in winter. During the autumn, it is advisable to listen to both frequencies 40m at first and then 80m to see which has the better conditions. There are one or two members on the continent that find 80m impossible and there will be an informal listen-out for ROA members on 10.119 MHz 1530zand 1630z on Monday, Wednesday and Saturday.
The original hut in use for the Lizard Wireless Station used the call sign LD, which were the original call letters of the station. These later became MLD and in 1909 GLD. The station closed its maritime service in 1913 and moved to St. Just near Lands End to become perhaps the most famous coast station in the world LandsEnd Radio GLD. ROA members are welcome to visit the station and can try their hand on the morse key once again. Contacts have been made world wide from the web site and it is a great tourist attraction.
QRZ is the newsletter of the ROARS and is published concurrently with QRZ and ROA Journal. It gives news about amateur radio affairs as they affect the former radio Officer. Articles about working QRP (low power), amateur direction finding and other interesting topics included.
ROARS Call sign and station MX0ROA & GB2LD
ROARS has its own club callsign of MX0ROA which has been registered since the new M call signs came into being on 1st January 2000. ROARS runs the amateur station at the Lizard Marconi Station with the callsign GB2LD. This is very fitting as the Lizard station is the oldest surviving operational Marconi station in the world
[Article Supplied by David Barlow]
From the end of 2011 it became clear that many amateur stations would be set up to mark the centenary of the Titanic disaster. Indeed I was approached in March 2011 to advise on setting up a GB special event station /MM on the mv. Balmoral and told them that permission would not be granted and that even getting on air would be difficult, advice that turned out to be accurate.
It seemed clear that stations would place emphasis on the Titanic call sign MGY, because of the important role of Harold Cottam on the Carpathia it was felt that more emphasis should be placed on MPA the call sign of the Carpathia. Application was made to Ofcom in the name of ROARS to obtain the call sign GB100MPA and this was approved. The call sign joined 62 other “Titanic” stations on air.
ROARS secretary Geoff Valentine came to the Lizard for the centenary on 14th and 15th April. GB100MPA was very popular indeed and we had pile-ups to the extent that split frequency working was absolutely necessary. We had a huge problem before midnight when the output of the Kenwood TS-850s failed and we had to change rigs. We operated CW only as this was all that was available 100 years previously.
During the 28 days we had the call sign we made 1500 QSOs of which 150 were using SSB and most of these were on the day before International Marconi Day when 4 local amateurs took over the Lizard site and tested out their aerials using GB100MPA on behalf of ROARS. In a two hour stretch they made nearly 100 QSOs using SSB covering good DX stations.
The 1500 contacts came from 62 DXCC countries and included 24 other Titanic special events; in all a very satisfying and satisfactory result. The QSL card highlights the Carpathia and Harold Cottam and is reproduced here. In addition a very fine request for the card was received from Canada the stamp depicting the Titanic. This is now kept in my copy of “A Night to Remember”
|A visit to the Amateur Radio Station of the University of the West Indies, Jamaica
Click on the link to see a 5 minute video of the visit of Paul Lethbridge G3SXE to Jamaica. A vist to Jamaica University
ROARS Olympic Gold
Since the Olympic torch left Lands End on May 29th until Friday 27th July when it arrived at the Olympic Park the amateur radio group “Worked All Britain” organised an event whereby they set up a station each day at the starting point of the torch. In all some 70 stations came on air and if an amateur station made contact with 10 stations it obtained a bronze award, with 20 a silver and with 30 contacts a gold award.
The Radio Officers Association Radio Society (ROARS) activated its club call sign M0ROA and successfully contacted 40 of the special stations G4WAB with individual prefixes depending on the UK country in which they were operating. As such the GOLD award was obtained.
ROARS NEWS: 60m BAND
I applied for an NOV (Notice of Variation to License) for the new 60m band from Ofcom, only to learn they have delegated this to the RSGB. I applied online and received the NOV in minutes! I have printed it out and keep it with the main license. It’s very useful as it gives details about the peculiar frequency arrangements.
There are 11 little mini-bands within the band, and only one dedicated to CW, and only wide enough for a max of maybe a half dozen simultaneous QSOs. But it seems popular already, albeit maiinly as a rag-chew band. It’s very effective within the UK, especially from my QTH (southeast) to GM calls.
Getting on air was easy for me, but may be more of a challenge for those with different antenna arrangements. I have a G5RV folded to an overall length of 60 feet. I match this to the 300 ohm ladder feeder with an MFJ 993B. It tunes nicely on all bands from 80m to 10m. It will even tune on top band if I s/c the ladder to form a kind of inverted L antenna. Joy of joys, the arrangement tunes sweetly on 60m as well!
I’ve already had several QSOs on the band, so everything is ticking over well. I have also heard Mike/G0CHV on the band. Please give me a call if you hear me. I may be using G4AJY or MX0ROA.