ROARS Net Awards 2020: Details from ROARS Chairman Robin Powell: 27 March 2020

“It is with pleasure that I am able to announce the members who have attended the Thursday Net for 20 or more times this year April to March 2019/20.

Mike M6MPC is obviously top of the list as our net controller. Many thanks for all your efforts during the year Mike it is very much appreciated by all of us.

Top of the participants this year and the winner is Tim G4EOA with 35

Ian G4JKD            32

Ken GW3VVL     31

Tony G4LFU        29

Tony G3ZRJ         28

Peter M0URL     28

Robin G3OGP    28

Mike G0CHV       26

Brian GM0GCO 25

Tom EI3ER           21

Well done all, a sterling effort”.

Kind regards


Main ROARS Net on Thursdays

This takes place every Thursday night at 19.00 local on 3565kHz and is run by our Webmeister Mike Carter M6MPC. Each person that calls in will be given a QRY number. The net starts with Tintwhistle weather followed by a passage from the Maritime Union Magazine and a block of mixed 5 digit code groups. Then Mike sets the members three questions appertaining to our time at sea. Each member is then called in turn to give their weather, answers to the questions and any other pertinent information. If conditions on 3565kHz for the weekly Thursday 19.00 net are very poor such as long skip where no UK stations are readable then Mike M6MPC will revert to Top Band 1827kHz and call there.

ROARS Rag Chew Sked on Tuesdays

The following sked is 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. Please note that this is not really a Net as there will be no Net Controller. 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 on 3565kHz.. SKED DETAILS WHEN Tuesdays 1000 – 1100 Local time. Call Freqs: 3565 kHz/7017 kHz. Call format: CQ ROA DE MYCALL. Exchange: RST + Op Name + QSY +/- kHz. Call Speed: What you are comfortable with. (Speed of slower Operator) Topics: Your choice of Topic. Duration: As long as you like.

Sked on Fridays

Clive 2E0CPF listens every Friday on 3565 kHz at 19.00 local as a chat net. According to the latest membership list there are 245 members with Amateur Licences. Of these 223 have GB and EI call signs. While some of you may no longer be active we are sure there must be more than the 12 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!

So CW skeds are as follows:-

Tuesdays weekly 1000-1100 local general chat no set format on 3565/7017kHz Thursday weekly 1900 local on 3565/1827 kHz main sked. Friday weekly 19.00 local general chat no set format on 3565kHz We look forward to hearing you.



Clive/ 2E0CPF


Net report for Thursday 22nd October from Mike Carter

Another good night for signal strengths again. Makes the Net more interesting.
On tonight’s Net were the following :-
G4KJD           Ian fm Ashill Somerset
G4EOA          Tim fm Hastings
GW3VVL        Ken fm Crew Green Wales
PA2PCH         Ad fm Tynaarlo nr Groningen
GM0GCO       Brian fm Glasgow
G0ELZ            Bill fm Liverpool
G3OGP           Robin fm Billingshurst Sussex
Ei3ER             Tom fm Galway
2E0FZC          John fm Selsey
MM0XMQ        Les fm GND/Stonehaven
Sent Tintwistle WX
Sent QTC fm Union Mag “Telegraph”
Sent some mixed code
3 Questions :-
Q1 – You are QTO XVS bnd 9MG where from, where to?   (Saigon to Penang)
Q2 – What position are the derricks in when a vessel QTO’s?  (Stowed in cradles/crutches)
Q3 – Whereabouts is the original Queen Elizabeth/GBSS?   (After setting on fire, on its side in HongKong Harbour)
Some good answers tonight, and nice to see “Ad”/PA2PCH return for a second time. Hope he will be a regular.
All signals again mainly 589 or above, and the band was basically quiet, with only one deaf op tuning up on us.

Net report for Thursday 15th October from Mike Carter

Another good night for signals strengths all round, most 599 or even above.
On tonight’s Net were the following :-
G4EOA            Tim fm Hastings
PA2PCH          Ad fm Tynaarlo nr Groningen NE Holland
G4KJD             Ian fm Ashill Somerset
M0BUI             Les fm Bude
G3YQD           Dave fm Sale Cheshire
M0URL            Peter fm Yateley Hants
G0CHV            Mike fm Morecambe
PA3KGR          Tiel fm Pijnacker/Rotterdam
GW3VVL          Ken fm Crew Green Wales
G3OGP            Robin fm Billingshurst Sussex
EI3ER              Tom fm Galway 
MI0RPT            Richard fm Millisle N.I.
M0ITR              Rob fm Perranporth
G4DKQ            Jim fm Liverpool
MM0XMQ        Les fm GND/Stonehaven
2E0CPF           Clive fm Sale
Sent Tintwistle WX
Sent QTC fm Union Mag “Telegraph”
Sent some mixed code
3 Questions :-
Q1 – you are QTO WSL bnd WAX/WOE where from, where to?   (New York to either Fort Lauderdale or Miami)
Q2 – On your first trip to sea, did your senior R/O show you how to send your first TR or were you left to your own devices?                                                                                       (most had the senior over their shoulder)
Q3 – On a midships and aft tanker, where would your smokeroom/bar be situated?   (Most were down aft near the dining saloon, but some foreign flagged vessels had it midships) That means the smoke room/bar was above the  cargo tanks. In my eyes, not a good safety feature, especially on product carriers – eg petrol, aviation fuel, Naptha.
An extremely good turnout tonight, in fact the best I have seen to date. Hope it will continue. Some lads are forgetting their callsigns of shore stations though. Surprisingly, they nearly all remembered their first trip to sea. Great!!

Net report for Thursday 8th October from Mike Carter

Another good conditions night with most signals over 589.
On tonight’s Net were the following :-
G4KJD         Ian fm Ashill Somerset
2E0CPF       Clive fm Sale Cheshire
G0ELZ          Bill from Liverpool
MI0RPT        Richard fm Millisle N.I.
G0CHV         Mike fm Morecambe
G3OGP        Robin fm Billingshurst
GW3VVL      Ken fm Crew Green Wales
MM0XMQ     Les fm GND/Stonehaven
EI3ER           Tom fm Galway
GM0GCO      Brian fm Glasgow
Sent Tintwistle WX
Sent QTC fm Union Mag “Telegraph”
Sent some mixed code
3 Questions :-
Q1 – You are QTO VCS bnd KLB where from, where to?   (Halifax to Seattle)
Q2 – What material for ship ropes, replaced manilla/hemp?              (polypropelene)
Q3 – On a steam turbine ship, what was a very important piece of equipment that an engineer needed to wear? (Ear defenders/like earphones)
Only a couple of lads got Seattle tonight. Presumably, a lot not been on the Pacific runs. Questions quite easy tonight again.

Net report for Thursday 1st October from Mike Carter

Big change tonight as everybody was 589 or 599 or 599 + so great signals all round.
On tonight’s Net were the following :-
G4UST            Andy fm nr Church Stretton Salop
G4EOA            Tim fm Hastings
G4KJD             Ian fm Ashill Somerset
G4LFU             Tony fm Penrith
GW3VVL          Ken fm Crew Green Wales
M0URL             Peter fm Yateley Hants
PA3KGR           Tiel fm Pijnacker/Rotterdam
MI0RPT             Richard fm Millisle N.I.
EI3ER                Tom fm Galway
MM0XMQ          Ken fm GND/Stonehaven
G3OGP             Robin fm Billingshurst Sussex
Sent Tintwistle WX
Sent QTC fm Union Mag “Telegraph”
Sent some mixed code
3 Questions :-
Q1 – You are QTO ICB bnd JYO where from, where to?  (Genoa to Aqaba, Jordan)
Q2 – Coming south from Suez, down the Red Sea, you pass what Gulf on your Port side?  (Gulf of Aqaba)
Q3 – What was the callsign of Mombasaradio?   (5ZF)
Some very good answers tonight, also, some lads forgetting the past! All in all, a very good Net.

Net report for Thursday 24th September from Mike Carter

Pretty good conditions tonight with everyone having good signals in spite of QRN and QSB.
On tonight’s Net were the following :-
G4 KJD          Ian fm Ashill Somerset
G4UST           Andy fm nr Church Stretton Salop
G0ELZ           Bill fm liverpool
PA3KGR        Tiel fm Pijnacker/Rotterdam
GW3VVL        Ken fm Crew Green Wales
G0CHV           Mike fm Morecambe
2E0FZC          John fm Selsey Hants
G4EOA           Tim fm Hastings
MM0XMQ       Les fm GND/Stonehaven
EI3ER             Tom fm Galway
G3OGP           Robin fm Billingshurst Sussex
Sent Tintwistle WX
Sent QTC fm Union Mag “Telegraph”
Sent some mixed code
3 Questions :-
Q1 – You are QTO XSG bnd ZSV where from where to?  (Shanghai to Walvis Bay or Baii, Namibia)
Q2 – What department on passenger ships handled all the monies and paperwork?   (Pursers Dept)
Q3 – When entering the Malacca Straits from the North, which Indonesian Island  is on your starboard side?
Almost 100% got the answers tonight as they were pretty easy, and no memory fading tonight.
Also nice to see that John Williams got his intermediate ticket and was using his new callsign 2E0FZC.
All in all, a good night although we did have a visitor purposely tuning up on top of us but we carried on and he gave up!

Net report for Thursday 17th September from Mike Carter

Good signals all round tonight but the German ROA on what was our frequency from 1730z onwards. No chance of getting on it so went down to 3564.3 kc/s. Had a few of the lads off frequency, which doesn’t help. Quite a good Net in spite of little problems.
On tonight’s Net were the following :-
GW3VVL          Ken fm Crew Green Wales
GM0GCO         Brian fm Glasgow
G4LFU             Tony fm Penrith
2E0CPF            Clive fm Sale Cheshire
M0URL              Peter fm Yateley Hants
G3OGP              Robin fm Billingshurst Sussex
G4EOA               Tim fm Hastings
G0CHV                Mike fm Morecambe
G4NCZ                 John fm Manchester
M7FEC                 John Williams came on at the end with Selsey Weather due being qrl earlier.
G3PLE                  Duke fm nr Helston came on for signal strengths only at the end of Net.
Sent Tintwistle WX
Sent QTC fm Union Mag “Telegraph”
Sent some mixed code
3 Questions :-
Q1 – You are QTO HKA bnd KLC where from, where to?   (Cartagena Colombia but only my guess bnd Galveston Texas)
Q2 – Travelling up the Great Lakes, needed another piece of equipment for comms on the Bridge. What was it? (an AM R/T transceiver for MF fitted with Canadian Frequency crystals)
Q3 – Where are the Bahamas relative to the State’s Coast?    (Due east of Florida, some said southeast but that is the Turks and Caicos Islands).
Only John/G4NCZ got Q2. Some memories faded tonight on questions, but it’s nice to have 9 come on, and 1 after.