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


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.



Clive/ 2E0CPF


Net report for Thursday 10th June from Mike Carter

Conditions very up and down tonight, best being towards the end of the Net when everyone seemed louder.
On tonight’s Net were the following :-
G4KJD          Ian fm Ashill somerset
M0ITR          Rob fm Perranporth
GW3VVL      Ken fm Crew Green Wales
G4EOA        Tim fm Hastings
MI0RPT        Richard fm Millisle N.I.
G4DKQ         Jim fm South Liverpool
G3OGP         Robin fm Billingshurst Sussex
MW0JWW     John fm Fishguard
Sent Tintwistle Weather
Sent QTC fm Union Mag “Telegraph”
Sent QTC about my Grandfather’s survival off the Lusitania/MFA in 1915
Sent some mixed code
3 Questions :-
Q1 – You are QTO WOE bnd 4PB where from, where to?        (Miami or Fort Lauderdale to Colombo Ceylon)
Q2 – Name an early containership companythat traded from Uk to Australia?     (ACT and OCL)
Q3 – What differeence was there between sailing on a steam ship than a motorship?  (vibration much less on a steam ship,
and especially on an up and downer ( reciprocating)
Really susprised tonight as no one knew WOE/Lantanaradio. A very good station, and one I sent a 420 word stores list to when I was still under the influence of last night’s party! Sent the telegram at 0620 hours and have no recollection of actually sending it!! All the stores order arrived, Phew!!

Net Report for Thursday 3rd June from Robin Powell

On tonight’s net were the following

G4JKD                     Ian from Ashill

DH6BAN                 Hans-Jurgen from Ibbenburen who had to QRT due to heavy thunderstorm.

G4EOA                     Tim from Hastings

G3ZRJ                      Tony from Pennymoor

M0URL                    Peter from Yateley

G4DKQ                    Jim from South Liverpool

MI0RPT                   Richard from Millisle

PA3KGR                  Tiel from Pijnacker

EI3ER                       Tom from Galway who was not able to be in at the start due to heavy thunderstorm.

All signals this evening were ranging between 579 and 599 plus but with heavy QRN crashes and I used a linear running 400W to help reception.

Sent a text from RadCom about wire antennas followed by mixed code groups


1.You are QTO 6VA bound PPS, where from and to?   Dakar to Santos Brazil

  1. On a single operator ship when going from UK to the States at what Longitude did the morning watch change from 0800z to 1200z?     30 degrees West.
  2. During the MF silence period over what band of frequencies should transmission cease? 485 to 515 kc/s

The answers to questions 2 & 3 were taken from the “Handbook for Radio Operators”                    13thedition 1968.

Net report for Thursday 27th May from Mike Carter

Good conditions tonight I think mainly due to good weather and higher pressure.
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
EI3ER         Tom fm Galway
Sent Tintwistle Weather
Sent QTC fm Union Mag “Telegraph” in Dutch and then another in English diff subject.
Sent some mixed code
3 Questions :-
Q1 – You are QTO KHK bnd WLO where from, where to?  (Hawaii to Mobile)
Q2 – Which type of vessel usually allowed the longest shore leave?         (General cargo/Bulk carriers)
Q3 – Is a motor ship prop shaft direct drive or via a gear box?   (Direct from engine to prop shaft)
Again some good answers tonight but KHK does not seem to be very well known in the Pacific.

Net report for Thursday 20th May from Mike Carter

Conditions not that good tonight and very up and down. However, most managed to get my traffic and give answers.
On tonight’s Net were the following :-
G4KJD           Ian fm Ashill Somerset
G4EOA          Tim fm Hastings
G0ELZ           Bill fm North Liverpool      (Had very bad noise and qsb problems when called)
G0CHV          Mike fm Morecambe
GW3VVL        Ken fm Crew Green Liverpool
PA3KGR        Tiel fm Pijnacker/Rotterdam
G4DKQ          Jim fm South Liverpool
G3OGP          Roin fm Billingshurst Sussex
MM0XMQ       Les fm GND/Stonehaven
MI0RPT          Richard fm Millisle N.I.
Sent QTC fm Union Mag “Telegraph” in Dutch and then another in English diff subject.
Sent some mixed code
3 Questions :-
Q1 – You are QTO TAH bnd ZDK where from, where to?          (Istanbull to Gibraltar)
Q2 – What other batteries were around for emergency purposes other than lead acid?       (Nife Cells – these were only about 1.3 volts per cell so a lot more cells than lead acid ones needed, and a lot more space to fit them also!)
Q3 – Name a famous Iron Ore Port in Brazil?               (Vitoria)
Questions 2 and 3 a bit of a stumbling block to some, but on the whole, good answers. Memories returning.

Net report for Thursday 13th May from Mike Carter

Not many on tonight with varying conditions and slight interference by another deaf op.
On tonight’s Net were the following :-
GW3VVL           Ken fm Crew Green Wales
EI3ER               Tom fm Galway
MI0RPT            Richard fm Millisle N.I.
G3OGP            Robin fm Billingshurst
G4DKQ            Jim fm South Liverpool
PA3KGR          Tiel fm Pijnacker/Rotterdam
G4EOA            Tim fm Hastings
MM0XMQ        Les fm GND/Stonehaven
Sent Tintwistle WX
Sent QTC fm Unmion Mag “Telegraph” in Dutch, the another in English diff Subject
Sent some mixed code
3 Questions :-
Q1 – You are QTO NBA bnd VPS wheree from, where to?   (Balboa Canal Zone to HongKong)
Q2 – What was the local oscillator in a ships radar transmitter called?       (Klystron)
Q3 – What is the name of the Hawaiian Island the Radio Station/KHK was located?        (Oahu)
Again some good answers tonight, but a few not familiar with NBA – Panama