ROARS Net update 3rd January 2020


Recently the conditions on 80M and 160m have been unsuitable for the net due to long skip which meant that we could hear stations from Eastern Europe but not the UK. Mike M6MPC our net controller always conducts tests before the net to ascertain whether propagation is workable.  Please continue to listen and call in each Thursday as a full net will take place as soon as conditions permit.

Robin G3OGP

Chairman ROARS

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 (Note change of time)

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

Every Friday afternoon on 3538 khz at 19.30z 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 19.30z 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 (sort of) for Thursday 23rd January from Robin Powell

I wasn’t on last night but received the following from Tony Bircher G4LFU.

Conditions for inter-G were rubbish again, with very long skip. There was an Italian station booming away on 3538kHz, so went to 3537.5kHz and called CQ at 1930hrs and managed to make contact with -G4LFU/Tony






Les was the best RST with me at 559 – others about 449, all with QSB.

Net report for Thursday 16th January from Robin Powell

The conditions were worse than last week and my two tests with Mike before the net were impossible with signals occasionally only just rising above the noise level.  However I did manage to work six stations this evening with some difficulty.

G3OGP                 Robin    Billingshurst

EI5CA                    Tom       Shannon

G4LFU                   Tony      Penrith

GM0GC0              Brian      Glasgow

G4KJD                   Ian          Ashill

EI3ER                     Tom       Galway

G4EOA                  Tim         St Leonards

Tom EI3ER was the best signal being about the furthest away coming in at 579 both ways.

Tim G4EOA was unable to hear the start of the QSO but joined at the end when signals had improved.

Net report for Thursday 9th January 2020 from Robin Powell

Conditions were again difficult and running a test with Mike M6MPC shortly before the net and he could barely hear me and concluded that the net would not be possible.  However Tony G4LFU who was good signal to me had a contact with Tim G4EOA who I could not hear although only about 50 miles away.  Tony called CQ at the bewitching hour (half hour actually!) and assembled  a goodly number lads and handed over to me as follows –

G3OGP                 Robin    Billingshurst

G4LFU                   Tony      Penrith

G0CHV                  Mike      Morcambe

MI0RPT                Richard Millisle

GW3VVL              Ken        Crew Green

G4KJD                   Ian          Ashill

G4NCZ                  John      Manchester

GM0GCQ             Brian      Glasgow

G4EOA                  Tim         St Leonards

Weather reports from all stations were received as well as Happy New Year Greetings.

After the net LA3FL Per from Alta in Norway was called in by G4LFU.  Tony informed us that Per was an ex R/O.

Lets hope that next week conditions will return to normal and Mike will be able to run the net again.

No ROARS Nets for 3 weeks due to poor conditions

Net report for 19th December from Tony Butler-Roskilly

Tony G3ZRJ here.
Mike and I did tests on 80 and 160M frequencies just after 1900Z but N/H of Mike on either band and he could just here me with my 200W on 80M.    I offered to take the net and did so after Mike gave me the night’s Questions and Answers over the phone.
Used MX0ROA from 1925.. 1959Z
Used 3538 kHz 1925-1942Z
Used 1837 kHz 1942-1944Z
Used 3538 kHz 1944-1959Z
Those heard calling into net and taking part:

Net report for Thursday 14th November from Mike Carter

Hi Tony, conditions very up and down again tonight with a lot of QSB. I had HV pylon noise of S9 + ,but still managed to read the lads. Must be my West African Coast QRN training!!
On tonight’s Net were the following :-
G4KJD          Ian fm Ashill somerset
G3ZRJ          Tony fm Pennymoor/Tiverton
G4EOA         Tim fm Hastings
G3OGP         Robin fm Billingshurst
M0URL         Peter fm Yateley
Sent Tintwistle WX
Sent QTC fm Union Mag “Telegraph”
Sent some mixed code
3 Questions :-
Q1 – You are QTO VID/VHM bnd GXO where from, where to? (Darwin to Mauritius)
Q2 – In your main aerial safety loop, the copper wire was wrapped around what items within the loop? (eyes or thimbles with shackles)
Q3 – On all aft ships, where was the receiving whip aerial situated for maximum noise reduction and reception? (usually on the forward mast with either double or even triple screening via co-ax (double screened) and sometimes
within a conduit pipe along the deck to the mast offering triple screening)
Some good answers again tonight, but some forgetting the construction of the safety loop.
Wish all the lads a good time in Rotterdam, and especially, with a trip on the “Elbe” Salvage tug.