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 7th January from Mike Carter

At last, we are back on the air again. this was short lived as a Nasty Polish op came on top of us at the start and would not shift. A complete “Lid”. We dropped down  500 c/s and ok.
On tonight’s Net were the following :-
G4EOA           Tim fm Hastings
PA2PCH          Ad fm Tynaarlo North Holland
G4KJD             Ian fm Ashill Somerset
G3ZRJ             Tony fm Pennymoor/Tiverton Devon
G3OGP            Robin fm Billingshurst Sussex
M0URL            Peter fm Yateley Hants
PA3KGR          Tiel fm Pijnacker/Rotterdam
G4LFU             Tony fm new QTH How Mill nr Brampton Cumbria
GW3VVL          Ken fm Crew Green Wales
EI3ER              Tom fm Galway
MI0RPT            Richard fm Millisle N.I.
Sent Tintwistle WX
Sent QTC fm Union Mag “Telegraph” in Dutch and another, different subject, in English
Sent some mixed code
3 Questions :-
Q1 – You are QTO KFS bnd KHK where from, where to?   (Sanfrancisco to Oahu/Hawaii)
Q2 – Name one land based navigational system used in the North Sea?   (Decca Navigator/Loran C)
Q3 – When we were at sea, a crew/Ships complement might be up to 40 personnel. How many personnel are aboard a modern cargo ship these days, on average?  (between 15 and 22 from what I have seen on MN videos)
Some very good answers tonight. Conditions varied with a lot of QSB, but most signals ok for copy.
Unfortunately I was reading everybody through QRN 9 from the HV pylon 70 yards away, wet with snow, insulators singing at 50 c/s!!
It was extremely nice to get back on the air tonight after the disastrous weeks off due to lousy conditions.

Net report for Thursday 17th December from Mike Carter

A bit better tonight, but still well down in UK signal strengths as skip was elongating as the Net went on.
On tonight’s Net were the following :-
PA2PCH        Ad fm Tynaarlo nr Groningen  (North Holland)
G4EOA          Tim fm Hastings
GW3VVL        Ken fm Crew Green Wales
G3OGP          Robin fm Billingshurst Sussex
PA3KGR        Tiel fm Pijnacker/Rotterdam
MI0RPT         Richard fm Millisle N.I.  (called in very weak and unable to hear his traffic when called)
EI3ER            Tom fm Galway  (called in at 579, but when called, signal went down like MI0RPT to 519 and less (unable to copy) great shame about conditions.
Sent Tintwistle WX
Sent QTC fm Union Mag “Telegraph” in Dutch, then another, different subject in English.
Sent some mixed code
3Questions :-
Q1 – You are QTO NBA bnd KOK where from, where to?   (Balboa to Los Angeles)
Q2 – Which company underwrites the insurance of British Shipping vessels?     (Lloyds)
Q3 – What is the benefit of a bulbous bow?      (more efficient through the sea, less fuel consumed, better speeds.)
Yes, bit better conditions tonight but still not as normal. However, 20 minutes after Net finished, conditions improved, and weaker signals came up again. Some good answers tonight, but callsign KOK not well known.

Net report for Thursday 26th November from Mike Carter

Big disaster last night. Conditions were terrible. Only managed to work 2 lads, those with longer skips.
Weather playing havoc with the band.
On tonight’s Net were the following :-
PA3KGR     Tiel fm Wijnacker/Rotterdam
PA2PCH      Ad fm Tynaarlo nr Groningen
EI3ER          Tom fm Galway
Sent Tintwistle WX
Sent QTC fm Union Mag “Telegraph” in Dutch, then another in English
Sent some mixed code
3 questions :-
Q1 – You are QTO HSA bnd XVS where from where to?  (Bangkok to Saigon)
Q2 – Your ship is anchoring in 5 deep?     (30 ft or 9 meters)
Q3 – What do barnacles on a ships hull affect what? (slow a ships speed)
Good answers but unfortunately, Tiel was not receiving me due to conditions and QRM his end, so could not copy Tfc and questions.
Never heard any of the other lads at all, and being out of urban area, my noise level is nearly zero, until the HV pylon nearby gets wet. That’s another story!
Great shame for the Thursday Net. Let’s hope next week will be much better.

Net report for Thursday 19th November from Mike Carter

Quite a few on tonight with most signals 599 or above, with a couple below 559. All received, even though
some QSB on weaker signals.
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 Grongingen
GM0GCO     Brian fm Glasgow
G4DKQ        Jim fm South Liverpool
M0ITR          Rob fm Perranporth
PA3KGR       Tiel fm Wijnacker/Rotterdam
G0ELZ          Bill fm North Liverpool
MI0RPT        Richard fm Millisle N.I.
EI3ER           Tom fm Galway
G3OGP         Robin fm Billingshurst Sussex
2E0FZC        John fm Selsey
2E0CPF        Clive fm Sale Cheshire
Sent Tintwistle WX
Send QTC fm Union Mag “Telegraph” in Dutch, then another QTC different, in English
Sent some mixed code
3 Questions :-
Q1 – You are QTO MEX bnd VWB where from, where to? (Gan, Maldives to Bombay)
Q2 – If you had 13 passengers on a cargo ships, what else did you need to have on the ship also?   (Doctor)
Q3 – When sailing up the Manchester Ship Canal, how far could a 19,000 dwt tanker get, and be able to turn round?
(Stanlow turning basin, smaller takers could get up to Manchester Docks, and turn round through Mode Wheel Lock)
Nobody got first part of Q1. Very surprised as most lads passed this island or near too it when going around the bottom of India. Most got the other questions. Ad/PA2PCH  quite familiar with the Ship Canal, and has been all the
way up to Manchester.
Nice to have a good turnout again.

Net report for Thursday 12th November from Mike Carter

Again, a very good night for strong signals from most of the lads, except those nearby and due west. Other lads 599 or 599 Plus tonight.
On tonight’s Net were the following :-
G4KJD            Ian fm Ashill Somerset
G4EOA           Tim fm Hastings
PA2PCH          Ad fm Tynaarlo nr Groningen
G0CHV           Mike fm Morecambe
M0URL           Peter fm Yateley Hants
M0BUI            Les fm Bude
M0ITR            Rob fm Perranporth
G0ELZ           Bill fm Liverpool
MI0RPT         Richard fm Millisle N.I.
EI3ER            Tom fm Galway
G4DKQ          Jim fm South Liverpool
2E0CPF         Clive fm Sale Cheshire
G3OGP          Robin fm Billingshurst Sussex
G4NCZ          John fm Manchester
GW3VVL       Ken fm Crew Green Wales (Came on late as just got back fm work)
Sent Tintwistle WX
Sent QTC fm Union Mag “Telegraph” in Dutch, then another in English (Different subject)
Sent some mixed code
3 questions :-
Q1 – You are QTO 4PB bnd VWC where from, where to?  (Colombo to Calcutta)
Q2 – A brand new AC ship has unfortunately, the QRC of Marconi. The Marconi radio room was DC. How was it powered on an AC ship? (Rotary converter – AC motor coupled to DC generator was the usual way)
Q3 – WCC, an RCA station, was situated in Chatham, Cape Cod Massachusetts.