ROARS Nets

 

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

Robin

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.

Robin/G3OGP

Mike/M6MPC

Clive/ 2E0CPF

ROARS update: Worldwide skeds

FOLLOWING SKED IS PROPOSED ON A TRIAL BASIS FOR ROARS MEMBERS

PROPOSED BY ROA MEMBERS ON BOARD FRANCE HAYHURST MOORED IN

ALBERT DOCK LIVERPOOL. AFTER FEEDBACK FROM 25 MEMBERS OF THE MXOROA WHATSAPP GROUP

THE FOLLOWING SKED TIMES HAVE BEEN UPDATED FROM THE ORIGINAL TIMES

2350-2400z

0350-0400Z

0750-0800Z

1150-1200Z

1550-1600Z

1950-2000Z

EACH SKED WILL BE TEN MINUTES IN LENGTH

MEMBERS ARE REQUESTED TO ADVISE WHICH FREQUENCIES THEY ARE MONITORING

VIA THE MXROA WHATSAPP GROUP.

TIMES CHOSEN SHOULD NOT INTERFERE WITH ESTABLISHED NETS ON AIR.

FREQUENCIES – SOURCE 2017 RSGB YEARBOOK Bandplan

1835kcs –  telegraphy

3507kcs – telegraphy for intercontinental operation

5261kcs – cw 1 kcs below cw qrp centre of activity ( for use if 3507kcs is unusable)

7035kcs – cw 5kcs below 7030kcs qrp centre of activity

10125kcs – cw 5kcs below data modes

14065kcs – 5kcs above qrp centre 14060kcs

18090kcs – 4kcs above qrp centre of activity

21065kcs- away from qrs and qrp centre frequencies

24910kcs – away from qrp and data frequencies

28065kcs – away from qrp and qrs frequencies

Subject to qrm +/- use your experience

To be clear this is a trial /test period I have noted various comments via the whatsapp

Group. It is not compulsory, totally up to users, hopefully away from most qrm.

All subject to propagation conditions

The object is to enable ROA members overseas to contact European/UK members direct if possible.

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Net report for Thursday 19th May from Mike Carter

Only 3 lads on tonight’s Net, and conditions not that good with plenty of QSB again.
 
On tonight’s Net were the following :-
 
G4EOA           Tim fm Hastings
 
G0CHV           Mike fm Morecambe
 
GW3VVL        Ken fm Crew Green Wales
 
Sent Tintwistle WX
Sent QTC fm Union Mag “Telegraph”
Sent Navigational Warning
Sent some mixed code
3 Questions :-
Q1 – You are QTO ASK bnd XYR where from, where to? (Karachi to Rangoon)
Q2 – What City/PPL is on the River Amazon Estuary?   (Belem)
Q3 – What 2 islands (not seen) are on your starboard side off Africa, when sailing from Europe to Capetown? Ascension Island then St Helena Island.
My questions lost in QSB to Mike. Ken heard me the best. Tim to brush up on his geography!
I seem never to forget where I have been or passed during my sea trips. Nice when the lads try to remember though.

Net report for Thursday 12th May from Mike Carter

Conditions not very good tonight, but improved a little towards the end of the Net.
 
On tonight’s Net were the following :-
 
G4KJD          Ian fm Ashill Somerset
 
G4EOA         Tim fm Hastings
 
GW3VVL       Ken fm Crew Green Wales
 
PA3KGR        Tiel fm Pijnacker/Rotterdam
 
G3OGP          Robin fm Billingshurst Sussex
 
G4DKQ          Jim fm South Liverpool
 
MW0JWW      John fm Fishguard        (not heard when called as my signal lost his end)
 
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 PZN bnd 6YI where from, where to?   (Paramaribo Suriname to Kingston Jamaica)
Q2 – Name 2 Uk Marine Radio Companies and 2 foreign ones. (eg AEI, Redifon, Marconi, IMRC/ Foreign SAIT,Debeg, Radio Holland etc.)
Q3 – What was fitted in the R/o’s cabin to do with his/her job?  (Auto Alarm Bell, usually above the bunk ont Bulhead)
 
Some good answers tonight, pity about the conditions not being top notch again though. This new frequency of 3507 kc/s is a lot better than the other end of the band, much quieter and QRM free up to now.
 

Net report for Thursday 5th May from Mike Carter

Conditions tonight very up and down and I was not heard as good as incoming signals at all. E.g. incoming to me 589 ops on receiving end me only 539. Strange indeed.
 
On tonight’s Net were the following :-
 
G4EOA          Tim fm Hastings
 
GW3VVL        Ken fm Crew Green Wales
 
PA3KGR         Tiel fm Pijnacker/Rotterdam
 
M0URL            Peter fm Yateley Hants
 
G3OGP           Robin fm Billingshurst Sussex
 
MI0RPT          Richard fm Millisle N.I.
 
Sent Tintwistle WX
Sent QTC fm Union Mag “Telegraph” in Dutch, then another diff subject, in English
Sent Navigational Warning
Sent some mixed code
3 Questions :- 
Q1 – You are QTO FFQ bdn FFM where from, where to?   (Guadalupe Caribbean to Marseille)
Q2– What frequency was the lifeboat radio transmitting on?     ( 500, 8364 kc/s and later some had 2182 kc/s also)
Q3 – Name 2 Flag of Convenience Countries?                          ( Panama, Liberia, Cyprus etc.)
 
Some good answers tonight but nobody could remember FFQ/Guadalupe. Think of the number of times sailing past that island and Martinique/FFP. Those 2 callsigns I can not forget as heard every day int Caribbean.

Net report for Thursday 21st April from Mike Carter

Better signals all round this week except for some QSB.
 
On tonight’s Net were the following :-
 
G4KJD         Ian fm Ashill Somerset
 
G4EOA        Tim fm Hastings
 
PA3KGR      Tiel fm Pijnacker/Rotterdam
 
GW3VVL      Ken fm Crew Green Wales
 
M0URL         Peter fm Yateley Hants
 
G4KDQ        Jim fm South Liverpool
 
G3OGP        Robin fm Billingshurst Sussex
 
EI3ER          Tom fm Galway
 
MI0RPT       Richard fm Millisle N.I.
 
C0CHV        Mike fm Morecambe
 
G4NCZ        John fm Manchester
 
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 EAB bnd TAH where from, where to?  (Barcelona to Istanbul
Q2 – What frequency was Ch16?  (156.8 mc/s)
Q3 – In years gone by, what country was noted for using Liberty Ships?  (Greece)
 
Some very good answers tonight and a good turnout too!

Net report for Thursday 7th April from Mike Carter

Poor turnout tonight. I have no idea why unless personal reasons.
 
On tonight’s Net were the following :-
 
G3OGP         Robin fm Billingshurst
 
G4EOA         Tim fm Hastings
 
MI0RPT        Richard fm Millisle N.I.
 
G3ZRJ          Tony fm Pennymoor/Tiverton
 
Ei3ER           Tom fm Galway     (Got home late but gave regards at end of Net)
 
Sent Tintwistle WX
Sent QTC fm Union Mag “Telegraph”
Sent Navigational Warning
Sent some mixed code 
3 Questions :-
Q1 – You are QTO ZLW bnd JOS where from, where to?                          (Wellington to Nagasaki)
Q2 – Can you name the 3 corners of the Bermuda Triangle?   (Bermuda to Florida to Puerto Rico)
Q3 – Testing the Radar TX output (near bridge, not mast mounted)    Unscrew waveguide off the top of the radar TX box. Get an insulated ruler (plastic if poss) and tie a neon bulb to one end. Switch on radar and see if neon lights. if not, probably the maggy needs changing.
 Some good and some missing answers tonight, but a pity about the turnout.

Net report for Thursday 31st March from Mike Carter

On tonight’s net were the following :-
 
G4KJD          Ian fm Ashill Somerset
 
G4EOA         Tim fm Hastings
 
GW3VVL       Ken fm Crew Green Wales
 
M0URL          Peter fm Yateley Hants
 
G3ZRJ           Tony fm Pennymoor/Tiverton
 
MI0RPT          Richard fm Millisle N.I.
 
G4KDQ           Jim fm South Liverpool
 
G3OGP           Robin fm Billingshurst Sussex
 
EI3ER             Tom fm Galway
 
Sent Tintwistle WX
Sent QTC fm Union Mag “Telegraph”
Sent Navigational Warning
Sent some mixed code
3 Questions :-
Q1 – You are QTO 9KK bnd 4PB where from. where to? (Kuwait to Colombo)
Q2 – If sailing through English Channel west bound, do you hug the French Coast or the English in lane segregation? (English coast)
Q3 – Big container ships single screw have large props. What approx diameter?            (most are around 10 meters!)
 
Some very good answers tonight, with a bit of chit chat from each lad about his goings on during the past week.