ROARS Net Important Notice (23rd March 2018)

Commencing immediately the ROARS Thursday night net is re-instated on 3538 Khz (plus or minus for QRM) at 1930LT

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 (Note change of time)

As another option , another sked will be on trial as follows.

Every Friday afternoon on 3538 khz at 19.30z 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 19.30z 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 10th October from Mike Carter

Bit of a change tonight with good conditions and signals all round and 12 on the Net!!
On tonight’s Net were the following :-
G0ELZ            Bill fm Liverpool
G3ZRJ            Tony fm Pennymoor/Tiverton
G4UST            Andy fm nr Church Stretton Salop
G0CHV            Mike fm Morecambe
G4EOA            Tim fm Hastings
G4LFU             Tony fm Penrith
M0URL            Peter fm Yateley Hants
GM0GCO        Brian fm Glasgow
G3PLE             Duke fm nr Helston Cornwall
EI3ER              Tom fm Galway
GW3VVL          Ken fm Crew Green Wales
PA3KG             Tiel fm nr Rotterdam
Sent Tintwistle WX
Sent QTC fm Union Mag “Telegraph”
Sent some mixed code
3 Questions :-
Q1 – You are QTO PZN bnd WLO where from, where to?  (Paramaribo Suriname to Mobile Alabama)
Q2 –  Where does the Manchester ship Canal enter the River Mersey?                 (Eastham Locks)
Q3 –  What was GNF/Northforelandradio’s MF WT working frequency?                 (418 kcs)
Some very good answers tonight and memories seem to come back. Easy questions anyroad.
A very good turnout from  the lads too. Tiel/PA3KG once again back on the Net. Nice to hear him.

Net report for Thursday 3rd October from Mike Carter

Conditions not very good tonight with plenty of QSB and a storm brewing from the Western Approaches.
On tonight’s net were the following :-
G4KJD          Ian fm Ashill Somerset
G0ELZ          Bill fm Liverpool
G3ZRJ          Tony fm Pennymoor/Tiverton
GM0GCO      Brian fm Glasgow
G4EOA          Tim fm Hastings
G4LFU           Tony fm Penrith
PA3KG           Tiel fm nr Rotterdam
EI3ER             Tom fm Galway
Sent tintwistle WX
Sent QTC fm Union Mag “Telegraph”
Sent some mixed code.
3 Questions :-
Q1 – You are QTO 9PA bnd TUA where from, where to? ( Banana Congo to Abidjan Ivory Coast)
Q2 – Did Decca Navigator cover the Atlantic?  (no, about as far as Western Approaches)
Q3 – What was the shape or type of the most common main aerial?  (Tee shape, but different on all aft vessels still using wires, some horizontal “L” shaped, others had whips.
Some very good answers tonight, but a few can’t remember 9PA. A callsign like that stuck in my mind for good.
Very nice to see Tiel/PA3KG come back to us for the Net.

Net report for Thursday 26th September from Mike Carter

Conditions not to bad tonight but not good to the north. lot of QRM from serial number moguls contesting all over the band, but found quieter QRG 3 khz up.
On tonight’s Net were the following :-
G4KJD           Ian fm Ashill Somerset
G4EOA          Tim fm Hastings
G0CHV          Mike fm Morecambe
M0URL          Peter fm Yateley Hants
G3OGP         Robin fm Billingshurst
GM0GCO     Brian fm Glasgow
Sent Tintwistle WX
QTC fm Union Mag “Telegraph”
Sent some mixed code
3 Questions :-
Q1 – You are QTO PCH bnd 9KK where from where to? (Rotterdam to Kuwait)
Q2 – Battleship New Jersey just managed to get through the Panama Canal with inches to spare. What has happened to the canal since for very large ships?        (New bigger locks system to take the new huge ships through)
Q3 – What was the callsign of the good station Curacaoradio?  (PJC)
Very good answers tonight as easy questions. Re the Panama canal. Worth a look at the new lock system on You Tube showing the huge size, and the odd vessel transiting the Canal.

Net report for Thursday 19th September from Mike Carter

On tonight’s Net were the following :-
G4KJD        Ian fm Ashill Somerset
G3ZRJ        Tony fm Pennymoor/Tiverton
G4EOA       Tim fm Hastings
GW3VVL     Ken fm Crew Green Wales
PA3KG        Tiel fm nr Rotterdam   (First time on the Net and glad to have him on.)
GM0GCO    Brian fm Glasgow
G4LFU        Tony fm Penrith
G0CHV        Mike fm Morecambe
EI5CA          Tom fm Shannon
G3OGP        Robin fm Billingshurst
Sent Tintwistle WX  (high of 26C!)
Sent long QTC fm Union Mag “Telegraph”
Sent some Mixed Code
3 Questions :-
Q1 – You are QTO FFB area bnd VWC where from, where to?  (Boulogne to Calcutta)
Q2 – Steam Engines at sea previous to Turbines were known as what type?   (Reciprocating or triple expansion)
To the ordinary R/O like me, it was an up and downer!!
Q3 – Naval ships had a base in South Africa, name it?                            (Simonstown)
Some very good answers tonight as the memories came flooding back!!