ROARS Net fallback frequency

ROARS Weekly Net Fall-back Frequency
Due to the continuing unfavourable propagation conditions on 3538 Khz which has prevented the running of the weekly ROARS Net for the past 3 weeks we would like to propose the following fall-back procedure.
The weekly Thursday Net will commence with a CQ call by MX0ROA as usual on 3538 Khz at 1930 hours Local Time. If conditions are too bad to run the net on this frequency we will try again on 1827 Khz +/- depending on QRM.
Therefore if you cannot hear MX0ROA on the primary frequency of 3538Khz please retune to 1827 Khz.
This procedure will continue until such time as conditions improve on 80Metres.
Many Thanks!
Mike/ M6MPC
Peter M0URL

New ROARS Sked information (November 2017). Please read, this is in 2 parts

ROARS Sked on Tuesdays


We would like to propose the following new sked to encourage more members to go on the air for a leisurely CW chat as we used to do during a slack watch at sea. This will provide an on air meeting place and time to connect with colleagues/ friends which we don’t have at the moment.

Please note that this is not a Net and there will be no Net Controller. However for the first few weeks there will be a couple of us waiting in the wings to help things along. As a matter of courtesy, QSOs should proceed at the speed of the slower operator. Once a QSO is established please QSY Up or down to make room for others to make a call.


WHEN    Commencing Tuesday Sept. 6th and weekly thereafter from 1000 – 1100 Local time.

Call Freqs:             3538 KHz and 7017 KHz.

Call format:          CQ ROA DE MYCALL.

Exchange:             RST + Op Name + (optional) Membership Number. + QSY +/- KHz.

Call Speed:           What you are comfortable with. (Speed of slower Operator)

Topics:                    Your choice of Topic.

Duration:              As long as you like.

According to the latest membership list there are 245 members with Amateur Licences. Of these 222 have GB and EI call signs. While some of you may no longer be active we are sure there must be more than the 10 or so that join the weekly net. So Lads roll up your sleeves, dust down those keys and light up the airwaves with your CW QSOs!

We look forward to hearing you on the air.




New Sked on Fridays

As another option , another sked will be on trial as follows.

Every Friday afternoon on 3538 khz at 1500z winter

So cw skeds are as follows:-

Tuesdays weekly 1000-1100z general chat no set format

Thursday weekly 1930z winter on 3538/1827 khz main sked

Fridays weekly 1500-1530z general chat no set format, on trial at the moment

All times alter to summer time (bst) or winter time (gmt) as clocks alter.

After qso on 3538 ops requested to move up 2 khz to 3540 to give other callers a clear call frequency , after finishing chat, return to 3538 to listen and /or give end of work signal qru/va

This is to try and get more members on cw when they have time as have been advised that some members unable to make Thursday night sked due to other comitments.



Clive/ M6BQF QRP  2E0CPF


Net report fro Thursday 11th January from Mike Carter

Little bit better conditions tonight as 5 lads came on the Net. They are :-
G4KJD         Ian fm Ashill in Somerset
G0ELZ         Bill fm Liverpool
G4LFU        Tony fm Penrith
MI0RPT      Richard fm nr Newtownards N.I.
M0URL       Peter fm Yateley Hants
Sent Tintwistle WX
QTC fm Union Mag “Telegraph”
TTT fm GKR/Wickradio
5 Questions :-
Q1 – You QTO YVM with cargo of timber for CUL. Where from, where to?   (Cuidad Bolivar to Lisbon)
Q2 – YVM is on what river in Venezuela?                   (Orinoco)
Q3 – The Bahamas are due east of what major city? (Miami)
Q4 – Ships are sometimes registered in Bermuda. What port?     (Hamilton)
Q5 – How far is Havana to the Florida Keys?              (90 Miles)
Some good answers tonight, but no one got Cuidad Boliver/YVM.
The main operator of this station was one of the first in South America to use a paddle key, and was damn good at it and fast.

Net report for Thursday 4th January from Mike Carter

Well four lads turned up tonight, so thought that’s not bad for 1827khz. They were :-
G4KJD        Ian fm Ashill in Somerset
G0ELZ        Bill fm Liverpool
G4LFU        Tony fm Penrith
MI0RPT       Richard fm nr Newtownards N.I.
Sent Tintwistle WX.
QTC from Union Mag “Telegraph”.
TTT from GKR/Wickradio
5 Questions :-
Q1 – You QTO ZSV light ship and QTP VWC. Where from and Where to?
        (Walvis Bay to Calcutta)
Q2 – VWC is on what famous river?                 (Hooghly or Hugli River)
Q3 – What country joins Bangaldesh to the south?      (Myanmar or Old name Burma)
Q4 – What was the callsign of La Guiraradio Venezuela?       (YVG)
Q5 – Can the Emma Maersk travel through the Panama Canal? (No – Too Wide!)
The Panama Canal is in the middle of having new, wider and longer locks fitted
at this moment in time to cope with World shipping getting bigger and bigger.+
A Very Happy New Year to all the lads that have come on the Nets week after week and those who also try to get on.
Nice turnout tonight but I was only 229 signal strength with Richard in N.I. All due to conditions again.

Net report for Thursday 28th December from Mike Carter

There were just 2 lads on tonight’s Net :-
G4KJD      Ian fm Ashill in Somerset
G3ZRJ      Tony fm Pennymoor/Tiverton
Sent Tintwistle WX
QTC fm Union Mag “Telegraph”
TTT fm Cullercoatsradio
5 Questions :-
Q1 – You QTO KLC bnd OSA. Where from, where to?       (Galverston to Antwerp)
Q2 – The Scheldt River has a canal on starboard side going up river. Where does this canal end?                                                                         (Ghent)
Q3 – What was your narrowest bandwidth on your marine RX?      (about 400/500c/s)
Q4 – What coast station was VWB?                                   (Bombayradio)
Q5 – What Straits do you pass through to enter Persian Gulf?        (Hormuz)
Ian and Tony didn’t get Galverston, but there again, it’s all about memory.
Also, Ghent, not well known either, but still a biggish port.
Pity a few more didn’t turn up, but Bill/G0ELZ was heard by Ian but too near for me to read him as extremely weak.

Net report for Thursday 21 December from Mike Carter

Well four lads called in tonight, but only 3 managed to QSO with me.
Those on the Net tonight were:-
G3ZRJ        Tony fm Pennymoor/Tiverton
MI0RPT      Richard fm nr Newtownards N.I. but his signal dropped badly so no QSO.
G4LFU       Tony fm Penrith
G4KJD       Ian fm Ashill in Somerset
Sent Tintwistle WX
QTC fm Union Mag “Telegraph”
TTT from Humberradio
5 Questions :-
Q1 – You QTO 9PA bnd 5ZF with cargo, where from and where to?  (Banana to Mombasa)
Q2 – 5ZF is 300 miles from the Kenyan Capital which is?       (Nairobi)
Q3 – What is the island off Dar Es Salaam called?                  (Zanzibar)
Q4 – What island was a prison in Capetown Bay?                   (Robben Island)
Q5 – Tristan Da Cunha is basically due south of what island off Angola?  (St Helena)
Most got Nairobi, Robben Island and St Helena. Banana seems not well known near the Congo River Estuary, and had a weird TX note back in the days.
Conditions were not that good but far better than trying on 3538khz.
At the end of the Net, Richard/MI0RPT’s signal came right back up again. That’s conditions for you.