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

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

Every Friday afternoon on 3538 khz at 1500z 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 1500-1530z 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 17th May from Mike Carter

Had a good turnout tonight and I was trying out my new G7FEK Antenna which is only 46 ft long, but does this band fine. Pretty good results too! Conditions were pretty good tonight but still a bit of QSB around.
On tonight’s Net were the following :-
G4KJD         Ian fm Ashill Somerset
G0ELZ         Bill fm Liverpool
G3ZRJ         Tony fm Pennymoor/Tiverton
G4EOA        Tim fm Hastings
GW3VVL      Ken fm Crew Green Wales
G4LFU         Tony fm Penrith
G3OGP        Robin fm Billingshurst Sussex
G4MYD        Bob fm Kilkhampton Cornwall
Sent Tintwistle WX
QTC fm Union Mag “Telegraph”
TTT fm GNF/Northforelandradio
5 Questions :-
Q1 – You are QTO XFA bnd PZN Via NBA, where from, where to via what?(Acapulco to Paramaribo Suriname via Panama Canal)
Q2 – Ecuador used to export a large fruit years ago, what was it? (Bonita bananas)
Q3 – What was the main port in Chile and callsign?   (Valparaiso CBV)
Q4 – What gross tonnage is the largest container ship MOL Triumph approx?   (190,000) actual tonnage is 192,672
Q5 – What fuel is going to overtake diesel on future ships?  (LNG)
One or two good answers tonight, but coast station callsigns seem to be lost out of memories, even when they used to work them regularly.
At the very end Tom fm Shannon came on with callsign F/EI5CA as he is on holiday in France

Net report for Thursday 10th May from Mike Carter

Conditions not too bad tonight, but had qrm from deaf EU ops until I asked them to shift.
They had the whole band to go at yet wanted to invade us. 3538 must be their magical number!!
On tonight’s Net were the following :-
G4KJD        Ian fm Ashill Somerset
GW3VVL    Ken fm Crew green Wales
G3ZRJ       Tony fm Pennymoor/Tiverton
G0ELZ       Bill fm Liverpool
G4EOA      Tim fm Hastings
G4LFU       Tony fm Penrith
G4MYD      Bob fm Kilkhampton Cornwall
Sent Tintwistle WX
QTC fm Union Mag “Telegraph”
TTT from GKZ/Humberradio
5Questions :-
Q1 – You are QTO LPD bnd 9YL where from, where to? (Buenos Aires to Trinidad)
Q2 – Blue Star line, meat carriers, was operated by what Lord? (Lord Vestey)
Q3 – What Lightship , in the 60’s and onwards, off Liverpool was called?   (Bar Lightship)
Q4 – When could you open the ship’s bond on a UK flag vessel?   (When cleared the 3 mile limit in UK waters or territorial limits of other countries.  (Forgot to say the latter)
Q5 – The Customs lads that come aboard in the UK, have a popular name?     (Rummagers)
Tony G3ZRJ had the best answers tonight, and a lot of lads have forgotten some basic answers that they handled day in, day out, when at sea around the UK. Will try and get their memories back 
in due course!  (that means quite a few Nets!!)

Net report for Thursday 3rd May from Mike Carter

We got 6 lads on tonight with a late comer, Mike G0CHV. Conditions very QRN a bit like the West African Coast in the late afternoons/evenings!! Very noisy band tonight so a battle with weaker sigs.
On tonight’s Net were the following :-
G4KJD       Ian Fm Ashill Somerset
G4EOA      Tim fm Hastings
G0ELZ       Bill fm Liverpool
G4LFU       Tony fm Penrith
M0URL      Peter fm Yateley Hants
G4MYD     Bob fm Kilkhampton Cornwall
G0CHV     Mike fm Morecambe  (late comer)
Sent Tintwistle WX
QTC fm Union Mag “Telegraph”
TTT fm GKZ/Humberradio
5 Questions :-
Q1 – You are QTO 5OZ with palm oil bnd 5ZF where from, where to?    (Port Harcourt to Mombasa)
Q2 – Da Nang in South Vietnam was originally a french port called what?      (Tourane)
Q3 – What was the name of the old harbour in 9VG (Keppel Harbour)
Q4 – What was the most common main ship TX antenna either Tee or end fed?    (Tee type)
Q5 – What county was GCC situated in?      (Northumberland)
Some memories tonight took a dive and only Ian got Port Harcourt/Mombasa and Keppel Harbour.
None got nr2 and nr5! (I thought nr5 was the easiest of the lot!!)