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 for Thursday 7th November from Mike Carter

I have had to QTA the Net tonight due to terrible conditions. The skip was too long, so I QSY down to 1827 where only Tony/G4LFU was on the frequency. He said he heard Tiel/PA3KG loud and clear, but I did not heard him on 3538 khz.
Plus the fact the damned Pylon at 70 meters away is causing hellish 50 c/s hum of over S9 plus, due to heavy rain for nearly 24 hours – complete downpour!
It’s a shame as am sure the lads were looking forward to having their memories tested once again!

Net report for Thursday 31st October from Mike Carter

Very good conditions tonight with a little QSB but most lads 599 and over. We had 12 lads again on the Net! Unfortunately, my left hand fingers were very cold for some reason, so my cw was not up to scratch.
On tonight’s net were the following :-
G4KJD           Ian fm Ashill Somerset
G3ZRJ           Tony fm Pennymoor/Tiverton
G4EOA          Tim fm Hastings
GM0GCO       Brian fm Glasgow
G0CHV           Mike fm Morecambe
M0URL           Peter fm Yateley Hants
EI3ER             Tom fm Galway
G3OGP           Robin fm Billingshurst Sussex
MI0RPT           Richard fm nr Newtonards NI    (nice to see him back on again after long absence)
G0ELZ             Bill fm Liverpool
MM0XMQ        Les fm Stonehaven (GND)
EI5CA              Tom fm Shannon
Sent Tintwistle WX
Sent QTC fm Union Mag “Telegraph”
Sent some mixed code
3 Questions :-
Q1 – You are QTO KFS bnd CLA where from , where to? (SanFrancisco to Havana)
Q2 – What type of ship is the Queen Mary 2? (Ocean going Liner)   – Not a cruise ship!!
Q3 – In heavy weather, what part of the ship sometimes gets flooded?   (Forepeak/chain locker/paint locker)
Some very good answers tonight as they were very easy questions, and fair do’s, most got them all right.
Again, another very enjoyable Net.

Net report for Thursday 24th October from Mike Carter

A very good Net tonight with another 1q2 lads coming on with Les from GND returning to the Net after a long absence. Conditions tonight were very good with all signals 599 or above!
On tonight’s Net were the following :-
G4KJD          Ian fm Ashill Somerset
G0ELZ          Bill fm Liverpool
G4EOA         Tim fm Hastings
EI5CA           Tom fm Shannon
G4LFU          Tony fm Penrith
G0CHV          Mike fm Morecambe
M0URL          Peter fm Yateley Hants
EI3ER            Tom fm Galway
GW3VVL        Ken fm Crew Green Wales
GM0GCO       Brian fm Glasgow
G3OGP          Robin fm Billingshurst Sussex
MM0XMQ       Les fm Stonehaven/GND    (Nice to see him back)
Sent Tintwistle WX
Sent QTC fm Union Mag “Telegraph”
Sent some mixed code
3 Questions :-
Q1 – You are QTO IAR bnd JYO where from, where to?                 (Rome/Civitavechia Port to Aquaba Jordan)
Q2 – What was the collective callsign GTZZ used for? ( Subscription Press)
Q3 – WCC/Chathamradio was situated where?     (Cape Cod, Mass.)
Some good answers tonight, but the JYO callsign made a few think it was Japan!    (JY1 was King Hussein’s amateur radio callsign! many moons ago). Never the less, a good turnout and a very enjoyable Net.

Net report for Thursday 17th October from Mike Carter

Another good Net tonight but spoilt several time by some idiot/Lid Ham who kept coming on top of the lads sending to me – deliberate!! Some prat who can’t receive CW at a decent speed no doubt!
On tonight’s Net were the following :-
G4KJD          Ian fm Ashill Somerset
GW3VVL      Ken fm Crew Green Wales
G3ZRJ          Tony fm Pennymoor/Tiverton
EI5CA           Tom fm Shannon
PA3KG          Tiel fm nr Rotterdam
M0URL          Peter fm Yateley Hants
G3OGP         Robin fm Billingshurst Sussex
EI3ER           Tom fm Galway
G0ELZ          Bill fm Liverpool
2E0CPF        Clive fm Sale Cheshire
GM0GCO      Brian fm Glasgow
Sent Tintwistle WX
Sent QTC fm Union Mag “Telegraph”
Sent some mixed code
3 Questions :-
Q1 – You are QTO SAG bnd XYR where from, where to?  (Gothenburg to Rangoon Burma)
Q2 – In radar displays in our day, what piece of equipment controlled the heading line?  ( reed or micro switch in the scanner unit )
Q3 – Most tankers had danger signs “defense de fumar”. What did it mean?       (no smoking)
Good turnout again tonight with some good answers.PA3KG/Tiel had QRM when I was sending the questions.
Again, stupid hams tuning up and calling without listening first! When Brian was sending, the deliberate QRM ham came on again. This guy has a real problem!