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 Thursday 16th November from Mike Carter

Another week of bad conditions again with only Robin/G3OGP up to 599.
Struggling to hear the rest tonight, but 1/2 hour earlier, the band had short skip
and was perfect, then it all went long skip, with consequent loss of comms.
On tonight’s Net to start with, were the following :-
G3ZRJ        Tony fm Pennymoor/Tiverton
G4KJD        Ian fm Ashill Somerset
GW3VVL     Ken fm Crew Green Wales
EI5CA         Tom fm Shannon
G0CHV       Mike fm Morecambe
G4LFU       Tony fm Penrith
MI0RPT     Richard fm nr Newtownards N.I.
G3OGP     Robin fm Billingshurst Surrey
Sent Tintwistle WX
Sent QTC fm Union Mag “Telegraph”
Sent 2 X TTT reports
5 Questions :-
Q1 – You are QTO PJC bnd PCH for discharge of cargo.
Where did you start and finish yr voyage?          (Curacao to Holland)
Q2 – In crossing the “Pond”, near the Azores, there were approx 4 Vessels keeping
to a strict position. What were they?                   (Weather Ships)
Q3 – There is a very deep Atlantic trench Just north of the Caribbean. Which Island
was it nearest to?                                                (Puerto Rico)
Q4 – What was the capital of Trinidad?               (Port of Spain)
Q5 – What country in South America was Trinidad Adjacent to?     (Venezuela)
Most got Port of Spain and Venezuela (those that could be heard) and Robin
got Puerto Rico too!
Great shame that the longer skip comes in so very fast. If we started the Net at 1830 it would have been great but not everybody can make the earlier time.

Net report for Thursday 9th November from Mike Carter

Possibly the worst conditions ever tonight due to the lousy sunspot cycle.
Much interference on 3538 so I went down to 3537 and heard no one.
Phoned Tony Bircher/G4LFU found qrm on 1827 so decided on 1834 khz.
Called on here and got 3 lads to come.
Those were :-
G3ZRJ        Tony fm Pennymoor/Tiverton
G4LFU        Tony fm Penrith
MI0RPT      Richard fm nr Newtownards N.I.   (Not heard when called back)
                   Presume either tuning difficulties or conditions thereof.
Sent Tintwistle WX
Sent QTC fm Union Mag “Telegraph”
5 questions :-
Q1 – You are QTO WSL bnd ZSD. Which port are you sailing from, and which port for arrival?                                                       ( New York – Durban )
Q2 – You are enroute from Mombassa via Cape to Rotterdam. You are running low on bunkers near Canarys. Which port is big enough to take bunkers?   (Las Palmas)
Q3 – you are running out of fresh water in the tropics. Engineroom evaporators have failed. How could you catch fresh water?   (Rig up canvas to catch water etc.)
Q4 – United Arab Emirates had a different name when you were at sea. What was it? (Trucial States)
Q5 – What was the capital of North Vietnam, and what was its port down river? (Hanoi and Haiphong Port)
Only the 2 lads answering questions tonight.
I tried to be a little bit different in question asking tonight. Would have been great
with more on the Net, but alas, not to be. Conditions dictate all.
Lets hope next week will be much better.

Net report for Thursday 2nd November from Mike Carter

A few less this week and conditions very up and down due to QSB.
On tonight’s Net were the following :-
G4KJD         Ian fm Ashill somerset
G0ELZ         Bill fm Liverpool
G4EOA        Tim fm Hastings
G0CHV        Mike fm Morecambe
EI5CA          Tom fm Shannon
MI0RPT        Richard fm nr Newtownards N.I.
2E0CPF       Clive fm Sale cheshire
Sent Tintwistle WX
Sent QTC fm Union Mag “Telegraph”
TTT Warning MSG fm Humber Radio/GKZ
5 Questions :-
Q1 – The equator crosses through Kenya and Somalia. Which big port
is nearest to it?                                                  (Mogadishu)
Q2 – The RAF had a base on the Maldives,Gan Island.
Can you remember the radio callsign?              (MEX)
Q3 – Ras Tanurah Radio was famous for sending what?     (Always fine WX reports)
Q4 – Bennin, West Africa, when you were at sea, was called what?    (Dahomey)
Q5 – What was the callsign of Galvestonradio?    (KLC)
I was a bit suprised tonight as no right answers!! Even Galveston – I thought an easy one, but no one got it right.
The questions are not off the map or out of a book, but straight out of my head
as I remember all 5 questions distinctly. A little knowledge of geography goes a long way. I must have paid attention at sea as to where everything was!! Not forgotten any of it yet.

Net report for 26th October from Mike Carter

Mixed bag tonight, with conditions up and down, which could be a lot better
than we had.
On tonight’s Net were the following :-
GW3VVL        Ken fm Crew Green Wales  (Ken had rig problems – came back ltr.)
G3ZRJ           Tony fm Pennymoor/Tiverton
M0URL           Peter fm Yateley Hants
G4LFU/P        Tony working portable fm Coniston
G3OGP           Robin fm Billingshurst  Surrey
MI0RPT           Richard fm nr Newtownards N.I.
G0CHV            Mike fm Morecambe
G0UVX            Geoff fm nr Baldock
2E0CPF           Clive fm Sale Cheshire
G0ELZ              Bill fm Liverpool
Sent Tintwistle WX
Sent QTC fm Union Mag “Telegraph”
Sent TTT Gale Warning
5 Questions :-
Q1 – How many lads sailed on ships with no HF TX?
Q2 – If so, what routes did you travel?
Q3 – When getting TFC away deep sea, who did you QSP to?
Q4 – Who were the main QSP ships e.g. radio company/QRC?
Q5 – What was the callsign of Arcachonradio Biscay coast?        (FFC)
Some very interesting answers tonight, but most lads never sailed without HF TX.
Basically, the only time it was MF only was around the UK coast.
No one got Arcachonradio FFC.