ROARS Nets

ROARS Net Awards 2022: Details from ROARS Chairman Robin Powell: 27 March 2022

“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 2021/22.

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

Robin

 Main ROARS Net on Thursdays

This takes place every Thursday night at 19.00 local on 3507kHz or 7017 Khz and is run by our Web Meister 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 in Dutch and English plus 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 3507kHz/7017Khz 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. Check on WhatsApp Group before sked for QRG changes

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.

SKED DETAIL Tuesdays 1000 – 1100 Local time. Call Freqs: 3538/3565 kHz or 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. So, Lads roll up your sleeves, dust down those keys and light up the airwaves with your CW QSOs!

Peter/M0URL

Mike/M6MPC

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Net report for Thursday 19 January from Mike Carter

Conditions fair tonight, some interference but we went up 1 kc.
 
On tonight’s Net were the following :-
 
G4KJD       Ian Pitkin fm Ashill Somerset
 
GW3VVL    Ken fm Crew Green Wales
 
G3OGP      Robin fm Billingshurst Sussex
 
M0URL      Peter fm Yateley Hants
 
G0CHV      Mike fm Morecambe
 
MW0JWW  John fm Fishguard
 
EI3ER        Tom fm Galway
 
Sent Tintwistle WX
Sent QTC fm Union Mag “Telegraph”
Sent Navigational Warningh
Sent some mixed code
3 Questions :-
Q1 – You are QTO OXZ bnd OXJ where from, where to? (Copenhagen area to Torshavn Faeroes)
Q2 – What Shipping company in our day, took pilgrims from Bombay area to Jeddah for pilgrimage to Mecca? (British India Steam Navigation company – B & I)
Q3 – The Dutch Coast has man made sand dune  sea defences from Hoek Van Holland to Just before the Island of what? ( Texel)
 
Some good answers again tonight, but only Tom got Q3. Some missed odd question due to QSB.

Net report for Thursday 12 January from Mike Carter

Conditions tonight good at first then bad interference later from ops working crossband.
 
On tonight’s Net were the following :-
 
G4KJD         Ian fm Ashill Somerset
 
G4EOA        Tim fm Hastings
 
G0ELZ         Bill fm Liverpool
 
G3OGP        Robin fm Billingshurst Sussex
 
PA3KGR      Tiel fm Pijnacker/Rotterdam
 
M0URL         Peter fm Yateley Hants
 
MW0UTT      Colin fm Welshpool  (New op but didn’t come back on when called)
 
EI3ER           Tom fm Galway
 
GW3VVL       Ken fm Crew Green Wales
 
Sent Tintwistle WX
Sent QTC fm Union Mag “Telegraph” in Dutch, then another in English, diff subject
Sent a long Navigational Warning
3 Questions :-
Q1 – You are QTO HSA bnd JOS where from, where to?  (Bangkok bnd Nagasaki)
Q2 – Off which coast are most gigantic waves found?      (Southeast African Coast where Agulhas current meets the  Mozambique current.)
Q3 – What did we use in our time at sea for positions off coastal waters when for example, it was foggy and no sextant position?                                                                          (D/F as not in radar range if you had a radar!)

Net report for Thursday 5th January from Mike Carter

Conditions not the best tonight but we did ok on 3508 kc/s then QSY to 3509 kc/s due QRM, then ok.
 
On tonight’s Net weree the following :-
 
G4KJD         Ian fm Ashill Somerset
 
G4EOA        Tim fm Hastings
 
G3OGP        Robin fm Billingshurst Sussex
 
G0CHV        Mike fm Morecambe
 
M0URL        Peter fm Yateley Hants
 
GW3VVL     Ken fm Crew Green Wales
 
G4NCZ        John fm Manchester    (Welcome Back)
 
PA3KGR      Tiel fm Pijnacker/Rotterdam
 
EI3ER          Tom fm Galway
 
Sent tintwistle WX
Sent QTC fm Union Mag “Telegraph” in dutch, then another in English diff subject
Sent Navigational Warning
Sent some mixed code
3 Questions :-
Q1 – You are QTO KFS bnd XSG where from, where to?   (San Francisco bnd Shanghai)
Q2 – In our time at sea, 9VG had Keppel Harbour, but a new bigger harbour was being built further west. what is it called? (Jurong)
Q3 – Why could you not use a bug key on a Marconi gear ship, using an Oceanspan TX?   (No de-sense contact on a bug) This was the back contact on a straight key. The only was to do it was to use a 24v dc relay, which had back contacts for the de-sense.
Some good answers tonight but Tim could not hear me due local QRM on 3508 kc/s.

Net report for Thursday 16th December from Mike Carter

Conditions not the best again tonight, but we managed.
 
On tonight’s Net were the following :-
 
G4EOA          Tim fm Hastings
 
GW3VVL        Ken fm Crew Green Wales
 
G3OGP           Robinm fm Billingshurst Sussex
 
M0URL           Peter fm Yateley Hants
 
MW0JWW      John fm Fishguard
 
PA3KGR         Tiel fm Pijnacker/Rotterdam
 
EI3ER             Tom fm Galway
 
Sent Tintwistle WX
Sent QTC fm Union Mag “Telegraph” in Dutch, then another in English diff subject
Sent Navigational Warning
Sent some mixed code
3 Questions :-
Q1 – You are QTO ZLD bnd VID where from, where to ?  (Auckland to Darwin)
Q2 – What item is used to get rid of water at ships lowest level?   (Bilge Pump)
Q3 – What famous old WW2 ships around in the 60’s, and became unreliable – Boilers causing bother etc. were called what?
(Liberty Ships)

Net report for Thursday 9th December from Mike carter

Conditions not the best but still pretty good tonight.
 
On tonight’s Net were the following :-
 
G4KJD        Ian fm Ashill Somerset
 
G4EOA       Tim fm Hastings
 
G3OGP       Robin fm Billingshurst
 
GW3VVL     Ken fm Crew Green Wales
 
G0CHV       Mike fm Morecambe
 
MI0RPT      Richard fm Millisle N.I.
 
PA3KGR     Tiel fm Pijnacker/Rotterdam
 
Sent Tintwistle WX
Sent QTC fm Union Mag “Telegraph” in Dutch and then another diff subject in English
Sent Navigational Warning
Sent some mixed code
3 Questions :-
Q1 – You are QTO PPR bnd PZN where from, where to?   (Rio to Paramaribo Suriname)
Q2 – Radio Rooms always had a good earthing system. What was it? (Coppers strapped to bulkhead metal etc., but above all, the SEA beneath!)
Q3 – From china to Suez, What was the main Straits you passed through?     ( Malacca Straits)
 
Some very good answers tonight, and all followed by a Zoom Meeting at 2000 hrs organised by Ken Lax/GW3VVL and Clive/2E0CPF. This was very informative and a good chat all round. Hoping to have another in 6 week’s time to 
 
 

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