ROARS Net Important Notice (1st February 2018)

Commencing immediately the ROARS Thursday night net is suspended and has been replaced by a temporary net on Tuesdays at 10.00 on 3538 Khz (plus or minus for QRM)

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 for Tuesday 13th March from Mike Carter

Quite a good turnout today with some good answers too. On the Net Were the Following :-
G4LFU          Tony fm Penrith
G3YQD         Dave fm Sale  (unfortunately, Clive from Sale, was too weak)
G0ELZ          Bill fm Liverpool
G3ZRJ          Tony fm Pennymoor/Tiverton
G3OGP         Robin fm Billingshurst
M0URL         Peter fm Yateley Hants
MI0RPT        Richard fm nr Newtownards N.I.
Sent Tintwistle Wx
Sent QTC fm Union Mag “Telegraph”
Sent TTT fm GPK/Portpatrickradio
5 Questions :-
Q1 – You are QTO 9VG bnd XSG where from, where to?  (Singapore to Shanghai)
Q2 – What is the most northern island of Japan?  (Hokkaido)
Q3 – Portisheadradio GKS what frequency? (17112 kcs)
Q4 – What QRC ran KFS/Sanfranciscoradio? (Mackay/ITT)   (KPH was RCA)
Q5 – What is the approx depth of the English Channel in the narrowest part in feet?     (150 feet)
Only Richard got Q5 right. Again, very suprised the lads didn’t know GKS Frequency.
Peter got Q2 as Hokkaido. No one got KFS as Mackay.
Conditions pretty good today, most signals 579 and above.

Net report for Tuesday 6th March from Mike Carter

Everyone’s igloo has now melted, so back to normality.
Good turnout this morning with 7 coming on the Net and possibly another member next week.

Those on the Net this morning were :-


G0ELZ         Bill fm Liverpool
G3ZRJ        Tony fm Pennymoor/Tiverton
GW3VVL     Ken fm Crew Green Wales
G4LFU        Tony fm Penrith
G3OGP       Robin fm Billingshurst
MI0RPT      Richard fm nr Newtownards N.I.
M0URL      Peter fm Yateley Hants
Sent Tintwistle WX
QTC fm Union Mag “Telegraph”
TTT fm GPK/Portpatrickradio
5 Questions :-
Q1 – You are QTO 4PB bnd 9MG where from, where to? (Colombo to Penang)
Q2 – What was the old name for Sri Lanka? (Ceylon)
Q3 – XVS was very QRL during what famous time?  (Vietnam War)
Q4 – What Portisheadradio frequency was GKL? (8558 kc/s)
Q5 – What was the MF/HF coast station near Copenhagen?                 (Lyngbyradio/OXZ)
A very good turnout today, and I think word is getting around that Tuesday mornings is better for everyone instead of a struggle on Thursday evenings.
A lot of good answers from all the lads except no one got GkL. How many times did they work this callsign and forget it!! I will have to open up more memory banks next week hihi.

Net report for Tuesday 27th February from Mike Carter

Well conditions today pretty good considering. I think due to the high pressure etc.
We had 5 lads come on the Net today as follows :-
G0ELZ          Bill fm Liverpool
G3ZRJ         Tony fm Pennymoor nr Tiverton
MI0RPT       Richard fm nr Newtownards N.I.
G3OGP       Robin fm Billingshurst
M0URL       Peter fm Yateley Hants
Sent Tintwistle WX
QTC fm Union Mag “Telegraph”
TTT fm GPK/PortPatrickradio
5 Questions :-
Q1 – You QTO CLA bnd EAT where from, where to? ( Havana-Cuba to Tenerife )
Q2 – Las Palmas on Gran Canaria was mainly used by ships for what?     (Bunkering)
Q3 – What is furthest south – The Cape of Good Hope or Cape Agulhas?  (Cape Agulhas)
Q4 – What is the biggest commercial port in South Africa which in the process of being made even bigger?   (Durban)
Q5 – What frequency at Portisheadradio was GKS?   (17112 kc/s)
Some very good answers this morning as the memory banks unleashed back on me!!
Good signals all round and I thought one of our best Nets so far.

Net report for Tuesday 20th February from Mike Carter

Conditions not too bad this morning except for some QSB, but most signals 579 or above.
On today’s Net were the following:-
G3OGP          Robin fm Billingshurst
G4NCZ          John fm Manchester (struggling with his antennas, using 5 watts and good)
MI0RPT        Richard fm nr Newtownards N.I.
G0ELZ         Bill fm Liverpool
M0URL        Peter fm Yateley Hants
Sent Tintwistle WX
QTC fm Union Mag “Telegraph”
TTT fm EJM/Malinheadradio
5 Questions :-
Q1 – You are QTO CUL bnd PPR, where from, where to? (Lisbon to Rio de Janeiro
Q2 – What is the capital of Brazil, due north of Sao Paulo?   (Brazilia)
Q3 – The Amazon could get big tonnage up to Manaos.What was the river there that joined the Amazon?    (Negro)
Q4 – Can anyone name the port in Peru where smaller ships, via the Amazon, could navigate to? (Iquitos)
Q5 – Coast station NBA/Balboa was run by what country?   (USA)
Not a bad turnout today considering it’s Tuesday morning but still better conditions than evenings.
Q1 and 2 easy, but the rest a little more difficult. Peter got the Negro!