International Marconi Day 2017

International Marconi Day celebrates the huge part Guglielmo Marconi played in the invention of radio. International Marconi Day (IMD) is a 24 hour amateur radio event that is held annually to celebrate the birth of Marconi on 25 April 1874. The event is usually held on the Saturday closest to Marconi’s birthday and in 2017 it will be held on 22nd April. The period of operation is from 0000 UTC (GMT) to 2359 UTC (GMT). The purpose of the day is for amateur radio enthusiasts around the world to make contact with historic Marconi sites using communication techniques similar to those used by Marconi himself. A list of confirmed stations can be found at the following link:

Stations which have QSOs with 15 or more official sites may claim an award. Details of the award can be seen at the following link:


Peter /M0URL

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 20th July from Mike Carter

Only 3 came on tonight’s Net, but can’t be helped – holidays etc.

On tonight’s Net were the following :-

G0ELZ      Bill fm Liverpool
MI0RPT    Richard fm nr Newtownards NI.
GW3VVL  Ken fm Crew Green Wales

Sent QTC out of Union Mag “Telegraph”
Tintwistle WX
TR GKR GKR GUPP GUPP British Vanguard QTO Montrose bnd
Raasay Sound QSX local MF +
4 Questions :-
Q1 – Ref Radars. Did any lad get any Strange Distances, like multiples of ranges due to high atmospheric pressure?
Q2 – If so, how far was the range and what area of the Globe?
Q3 – What was the name of 9VG harbour?            (Keppel)
Q4 – What station was callsign ZSV?                     (Walvis Bay or Baai)
Sent some funny p/l

Ken got ZSV. I must remember that some lads didn’t do that coast through
out their career at sea.
Ken also had long radar distances of the Straits of Hormuz.
I had very long distances off the Californian Coast  south of Los Angeles,
was seeing the mountains near Santa Barbara a lot further north!

Not mentioned on the Net but our radar (kelvin Hughes) picked out Seagulls floating on top of seaweed  some 40 miles or more ahead of the ship. Clear as a bell. Weird conditions!


Net Report for 13th July from Mike Carter

Only 5 came on the Net tonight but holidays take priority. On tonight’s Net were :-

G4UST        Andy fm nr Shrewsbury
G0ELZ        Bill fm Liverpool
G4LFU/P    Tony working portable fm Loweswater Lake District

GW3VVL    Ken fm Crew Green
G0CHV      Mike fm Morecambe

 Sent QTC fm Geoff Valentine “For any ex R/O interested, there is a job going at Baldock, with Ofcom +

Sent QTC fm Union Mag “Telegraph”
Tintwistle WX
4 Questions :-
Q1 – Has any lad had the unfortunate trouble of his ship being in collision with another vessel?
Q2 – If so, where was this and any urgency XXX etc needed?
Q3 – What was the callsign of Shanghairadio?                                (XSG)
Q4 – Singapore is now an ultra modern city. Anyone remember Connel House on Anson Road with
swimming pool round the back?
Sent some funny p/l
Only me knew about Connel House. Great place to wait for your ship, comfy, air con, pool and bar.
Tony and Ken have both had collisions of some sort. Ken and Andy got XSG.
Maybe we get a few more on next week depending on their holidays.

Net report for Thursday 6th July from Mike Carter

Bad static on tonight’s Net but being ex R/O’s, they read through it, no complaints – good lads.


On tonight’s Net where the following :-


G4KJD         Ian fm Ashilll Somerset


G3ZRJ         Tony fm Pennymoor/Tiverton


G3PLE         Duke fm nr Helston Cornwall


M0URL        Peter fm Yatelely Hants


G0CHV       Mike fm Morecambe


MI0RPT     Richard fm nr Newtownards N.I.


G0ELZ       Bill fm Liverpool


2E0CPF    Clive fm Sale Cheshire


Sent QTC fm Union Mag “Telegraph”
Tintwistle WX  (A very Costa Del Tinsel) Max 29c – not bad for the Noorf!!
TR GKR GKR GUPP GUPP British Vanguard QTO Lerwick bnd Brent Field QSX local MF +

4 Questions :-


Q1 – When on a motor ship, how many lads had cabin bulkhead vibration problems, causing
lack of sleep etc.?
Q2 – If so, how did you fix or stop the problem?
Q3 – HEB was what station, and where was it?                   (Bernradio Switzerland)
Q4 – How far does the Amazon River flow out into the Atlantic with the horrible brown colour?    (200 miles)
Sent some funny P/L.
Good turnout and everyone got Bernradio. Seems like only me had vibration bulkhead problems. Think it was on a small Shell tanker, and fixed it by putting beer mats inbetween formica panels and holding strips!!

Net report from Mike Carter for 29th June

Here is a list of who was on tonight’s Net :-


G4UST         Andy fm nr Shrewsbury      (TX tripped when answering questions, came on at end)


G0ELZ         Bill fm Liverpool


GW3VVL     Ken fm Crew Green Wales  (Lost him at start of his WX)


M0URL       Peter fm Yateley Hants


2E0CPF     Clive fm Sale Cheshire


G4LFU       Tony fm Penrith


GM0GCO   Brian fm Glasgow


Sent QTC out of Union Mag “Telegraph”
Tintwistle WX (drowned rats)
TR OXZ OXZ GZHH GZHH Esso Humber QTO Aalborg bnd Aarhus QSX GKA and local MF +
5 Questions :-
Q1 – When flying out to join a ship, who paid for the excess baggage?
Q2 – What was your longest QRB flight to join a ship?
Q3 – What was 9VG’s Newspaper called?    (The Straits Times)
Q4 – As the Bacardi rum distillery is on New Providence Island, Bahamas, where is the famous Appleton rum distillery?                                                                      (Jamaica)
Q5 – RCA station WCC was situated where?  (Chatham, on Cape Cod, Mass.)
Sent some funny P/L
Some good answers tonight like Hawaii, Tokyo etc., but nobody got the The Straits Times.
Conditions were up and down, pitty lost Ken in Wales.
Most got Jamaica, as with Cape Cod, and baggage was paid by the shipping company.
QSB dropped me out with Brian in Glasgow as he missed most of the questions but came in later.

Net report from Mike Carter for 22nd June

A good turnout on tonight’s Net, but Ian was missing, perhaps on holiday and also Peter and Robin.


On tonight’s Net were the following :-


G0ELZ        Bill fm Liverpool


G3ZRJ        Tony fm Pennymoor/Tiverton


G4UST       Andy fm nr Shrewsbury


MI0RPT     Richard fm nr Newtownards N.I.


G0CHV      Mike fm Morecambe


G4LFU      Tony fm Penrith


GW3VVL   Ken fm Crew Green Wales


2E0CPF    Clive fm Sale Cheshire


Sent a QTC fm Union Mag “Telegraph”
Tintwistle WX   ( Costa Del Tinsel)
TR GKR GKR GUKZ GUKZ British Viscount?survey/ submersible support ship QTO Magnus Field
bnd Lerwick QSX local MF +
4 Questions :-
Q1 – When travelling through the Red Sea in summer, how many lads had air conditioning failures?
Q2 – What effect did this have on your radio gear and other equipment?
Q3 – What was the original name for Vietnam?                                              (Indo China)
Q4 – How far are the Scilly Isles fm GLD?,                                                     (28 n miles)
        also, what colour of light was originally sent from Round Island Light House on Scillys?   (Red)
       (This was to distinguish it from the nearby Bishops Rock white light)

Sent some funny P/L also.


Good turnout and and some very good answers. Richard got the Red Light of Round Island.
Ken GW3VVL has been on the Magnus platform, of all places. I saw it being dropped into position
many moons ago and it was one of the biggest steel 4 legged platforms of its era. (and I mean BIG)