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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 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!!

Net report for Thursday 16th February

Made a mistake tonight by not realising that 3.538 was resonant – not been for months!
Did the Net on 1827 khz but conditions not that good.

On tonight’s Net were the following :-

G3ZRJ Tony fm Spennymoor/Tiverton

G4LFU Tony fm Penrith

MI0RPT Richard fm nr Newtownards N.I.

Sent QTC fm Union Mag “Telegraph”
Tintwistle WX
TR PJC PJC MYCK MYCK mv Amastra QTO yrs bnd Punta Cardon QSX local MF and GKA lists +
4 Questions |:-
Q1 – When joining a ship, what type of baggage did you use whether strong or canvas type bags?
Q2 – Did any lad take his own typewriter plus other operating gear with him needing a strong case?
Q3 – Did any lad join a ship in uniform blues?
Q4 – When UK coasting, did any lad come near to Radio Caroline and where was it situated?
Radio Caroline was anchored off Frinton on Sea Essex, just over the 3 mile limit.
Sent some funny P/L.

Various answers but mainly hard cases, although Tony G4LFU used canvas in the RN.
No one took a typewriter or any operating gear with them, except me. Radio Caroline to early for most.
No one joined a ship in Uniform Blues either.
I reckon my suitcases were some of the strongest in that time – “Globetrotter” fibreglass with strengthened
corner pieces, and still got them in the attic!!

Net report for Thursday 9th February

Slight QSY to 1826 khz due Central African Rep. being on 1827 DX.
On tonight’s Net were the following :-

G4KJD Ian fm Ashill Somerset

G3YQD Dave fm Sale cheshire

G4LFU Tony fm Penrith

G3ZRJ A Welcome back to Tony fm Pennymoor/Tiverton

Sent QTC fm Union Mag “Telegraph”
Tintwistle WX
TR GLV GLV GHQC GHQC mv Gorjistan QTO Liverpool bnd Greenock QSX local MF.+
4 Questions :-
Q1 – Did any lad have the unfortunate situation of no shore leave due to quick turn in port?
Q2 – What vessels/ports did this occur?
Q3 – Where your receiving aerials near the main TX aerial or mounted away from it?
Q4 – If Wickradio/GKR had a power failure and you were MF only heading for Iceland, what nearby radiostation could you use to get TFC away to UK? (Torshavn/OXJ Faeroes)
Sent some funny P/L

Interesting answers, Dave had quick turn around in Ecuador loading Bananas, and Tony, when in the RN,
had similar quick turn arounds.
Tony /G3ZRJ got Q4 Torshavn/OXJ. There is and undersea cable from here to the UK.+