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 13th June from Mike Carter

Conditions very up and down tonight but improved right at the very end.
We had a new callsign on tonight G0WKL from Petersfield in Hants, but no qso when called.
On tonight’s Net were the following :-
G4KJD            Ian fm Ashill Somerset
G4EOA           Tim fm Hastings
G3ZRJ            Tony fm Pennymoor/Tiverton
GW3VVL         Ken fm crew Green Wales
G3OGP           Robin fm Billingshurst Sussex
M0URL           Peter fm Yately Hants
G0WKL          Richard fm Petersfield Hants
G0CHV          Mike fm Morecambe
G4LFU          Tony fm Penrith
M0BUI           Les fm Bude called in but off frequency, unable to contact on 3538 khz. Don’t know why.
Sent Tintwistle WX
Sent QTC from Union Mag “Telegraph”
Sent some mixed code
3 Questions :-
Q1 – You are QTO IAR bnd IQB where from, where to? ( Port of Rome or Civitavecchia to Genoa)
Q2 – What older land based positioning system around the UK was withdrawn years ago?    (Decca Navigator)
Q3 – What was a PABX onboard ship?   (automatic telephone exchange)
Ian has let me know I dropped a boo-boo! Genoa is ICB, not IQB. I think I got mixed up with an Adriatic Station.
My appologies for the lapse.
Most lads got the answers, and it’s nice to see the memories starting to clear again.

Net report for Thursday 6th June from Mike Carter

Conditions not too bad tonight apart from static from coastal thunderstorms and QSB.
On tonight’s Net were the following :-
G4KJD         Ian fm Ashill somerset
GW3VVL     Ken fm Crew Green Wales
GM0GCO    Brian fm Glasgow
G3ZRJ        Tony fm Pennymoor/Tiverton
G4EOA       Tim fm Hastings
M0URL       Peter fm Yateley Hants
G4LFU       Tony fm Penrith
EI3ER        Tom fm Galway
2E0CPF     Clive fm Sale Cheshire
Sent Tintwistle WX
Sent QTC fm Union Mag “Telegraph”
Sent some mixed code
3 Questions :-
Q1 – You are QTO OHG bnd OXZ where from, where to? (Helsinki to Copenhagen using Lyngbyradio)
Q2 – What was the minimum gross tonnage to carry an R/O?(1600 gross tons)
Q3 – Who owns/runs the Azores Islands?  (Portugal)
Most lads got all questions right tonight as very easy questions. Memories certainly came back with a vengeance!

Net report for Thursday 30th May from Mike Carter

Conditions pretty good tonight as I was 599 to most lads for a change.
On tonight’s Net were the following :-
GW3VVL         Ken fm Crew Green Wales
G3ZRJ            Tony fm Pennymoor/Tiverton
G3OGP           Robin fm Billingshurst Sussex
M0URL           Peter fm Yateley Hants
G4EOA           Tim fm Hastings
GM0GCO        Brian fm Glasgow  (No reply when called – conditions or faults?)
G4LFU            Tony fm Penrith
G0CHV            Mike fm Morecambe     (conditions, near to me, bad so he couldn’t RX traffic or Questions)
Sent Tintwistle WX
Sent QTC fm Union Mag “Telegraph”
Sent some mixed code
3 Questions :-
Q1 – You are QTO VWB bnd 9MG where from, where to?  (Bombay to Penang)
Q2 – Which Pole, North or South, can an icebreaker get to? (North Pole – being ice, South Pole is Land!)
Q3 – When in very heavy seas, which part of the ship sometimes gets flooded?   (Anchor chain locker/paint locker)
Good turnout tonight, with good answers.

Net report for Thursday 23rd May by Mike Carter

Conditions fair tonight but the band was very noisy.
On tonight’s Net were the following :-
G4KJD        Ian fm Ashill Somerset
G4EOA       Tim fm Hastings
G4LFU        Tony fm Penrith
G3OGP       Robin fm Billingshurst
G0CHV       Mike fm Morecambe
Sent Tintwistle WX
Sent QTC fm Union Mag “Telegraph”
Sent some mixed code
3 Questions :-
Q1 – You are QTO VCS bnd WLO where from, where to?  (Halifax to Mobile)
Q2 – Which station in the area scheme, covered most of the Indian Ocean  ( Mauritiusradio/GXO)
Q3 – Name a way of getting HT to old DC transmitters?   (rotary converter)
Signals good at beginning of Net, but went down as time went on. Nobody completed Q1.

Net report for Thursday 16th May from Mike Carter

Conditions very fair tonight apart from a certain Essex op who came right on our frequency without listening first!!
Spec Savers for a hearing test!
On tonight’s Net were the following:-
G4KJD         Ian fm Ashill somerset
G4EOA        Tim fm Hastings
GM0GCO     Brian fm Glasgow
G0CHV         Mike fm Morecambe
M0URL         Peter fm Yateley Hants
G4LFU         Tony fm Penrith
G3OGP        Robin fm Billingshurst Sussex
M0BUI          Les fm Bude
EI3ER          Tom fm Galway
2E0CPF       Clive fm Sale Cheshire
Sent Tintwistle WX (Yesterday top temp was 27c!!)
Sent QTC fm Union Mag “Telegraph”
Sent some mixed code
3 Questions :-
Q1 – You are QTO XVS bnd VPS where from, where to?  (Saigon Vietnam to HongKong
Q2 – what was the name of the very heavy lifting Derrick on cargo ships?        (Stulken)
Q3 – Tankers now have modified hulls from older days. What is the difference?   (double skinned hulls)
Robin only one who got Saigon, and not just Vietnam. A lot not heard of the wonderful Stulken derrick which I have sailed with and found it to be excellent for lifting parts of oil refineries on to the deck without the need of a shore crane, hence cheaper for the ship owner!!