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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 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.





Net report for Thursday 9th March from Mike Carter

A lot better conditions tonight so every one heard me no problem on 3538 khz even though a dam contest on.
Here are the lads on tonight’s Net :-

G0CHV Mike fm Morecambe

G4NCZ John fm Manchester

GW3VVL Ken fm Crew Green Wales

G0ELZ Bill fm Liverpool

G4LFU Tony fm Penrith, hell of a signal!!

EI7GW Listening in the wings, but not taking part.

Sent QTC fm Union Mag “Telegraph”
Sent Tintwistle WX
TR 9VG 9VG MYGC MYGC ss Axina QTO yrs bnd Danang QSX GKA and local MF +
4 Questions :-

Q1 – How many lads have had to do 6 hour shifts at sea whether single R/O or 2 R/O’s for 24 watch?
Q2 – If so, where was this and what was the salary increase?
Q3 – What is distinctive about South African sea Cape Rollers compared with ordinary seas?
(Cape Rollers have a very long wavelength, which only a super tanker can bridge 2 wave crests at the
same time. Smaller ships climb up on wave and drop down the otherside, pitching badly)
Q4 – Did you ever get dangerous condensation/damp in your main TX in the tropics? (Only me had this problem and only for a few hours, but that was enough.)

I was on survey/submersible support ships in the North Sea where we had 24 hour watch, 6 on, 6 off, with
mainly 2 r/o’s. (IMR). We got overtime, which boosted our pay by another third. I also got 100% danger money when running up to ports in Vietnam during that war, from Singapore Bukom Island.(Redifon then)

Ken had done a lot of hours watch keeping when on trawlers.
Tony did long watches when he was in the RN with no extra pay.

All in all a good and interesting Net, but nobody realized Q3 or understood what I was asking.

Net report for Thursday 2nd March

Last minutes change tonight after cq ing on 3.538khz the skip suddenly increased out of the UK
into EU. That was in the last 2 minutes before we started. QSY down to 1827 khz and did the best
I could. Some lads can’t tune up on this due to small gardens. (Long antenna length)

On tonight’s Net were the following :-

G4KJD Ian fm Ashill Somerset

G3ZRJ Tony fm Pennymoor nr Tiverton

G4LFU Tony fm Penrith

G0CHV Mike fm Morecambe

EI3ER Tom fm Galway

G4NCZ John fm Manchester

Sent yr request regarding Marconi gear etc
Sent TRVCS VCS GPYV GPYV mv Camellia QTO St Lawrence bnd UK QSX GKA Lists +
4 Questions :-
Q1 – Has any lad visited western Australlian ports below Darwin?
Q2 – If so, what was the QTP and nearest MF coast station?
Q3 – What lager is named after the river passing Perth?
Q4 – How many lads didn’t up rate his admiralty books with notices we received regularly?
Sent some funny P/L
Q3 was Swan Lager. Most knew that.
John G4NCZ gave a glowing account of sailing around that coast line and remembered every MF
coast station to boot!! What a memory!
Ian had been on tankers to south of Freemantle so knew that coastline well, too.
All the lads had been goody goodies with their Admiralty notices and not got behind!
Unfortunately, Mike G0CHV was very weak although copied his weather.
Tom EI3ER went off the air due to reflected power overload and needs to alter his antenna for 1827 khz.

Net report for Thursday 23rd February

Back on the usual 3538 khz freq. tonight, but only 3 on as follows :-

G4NCZ John fm Manchester

G4LFU Tony fm Penrith

G0ELZ Bill fm Liverpool

Sent QTC fm Union Mag “Telegraph”
Tintwistle WX
TR GPK GPK GOPW GOPW Monas Queen QTO Ardrossan bnd Douglas IOM QSX Local MF+

4 Questions :-
Q1 – When abroad, how many lads had organised trips of interest ashore?
Q2 – If so, where abouts did you have this shore leave?
Q3 – What was Cullercoatsradio/GCC main R/T frequency? (1841 kcs)
Q4 – Which river is the port of Sharpness on? (Severn)
Sent some funny p/l also.
Reference Q1 – I had a least 2 organised trips ashore I can remember 1st to Kerkenhof flower gardens.
2nd to Tsavo National Park inland from Mombasa Kenya.
Tony has had some good times ashore this way.
Conditions quite good tonight with less noise than usual. Tony was 599 + 30/40db over, hec of a signal!!