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


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 21st May from Mike Carter

Some bad news first of all. Tom Obrien/EI5CA has sadly passed over the bar peacefully at home very recently. This information given to me after the Net by EI0CZ. I sent condolences to his XYL from all our lads on the Net. I shall miss him not turning up on the Nets in future. RIP Tom.
Conditions tonight were pretty good with no QRM from “Lids” or otherwise.
On tonight’s Net were the following :-
G4KJD           Ian fm Ashill Somerset.
G4UST          Andy fm nr Church Stretton Salop
G4EOA          Tim fm Hastings
G4FOC          Tony (G3ZRJ) fm Pennymoor/Tiverton
M0BUI            Les fm Bude
Gw3VVL         Ken fm Crew Green Wales
M0URL           Peter fm Yateley Hants
G3OGP           Robin fm Billingshurst Sussex
EI3ER              Tom fm Galway  (Gale 8 in his area!!)
GW4XXF          Bruce fm Tywyn nr Barmouth Wales
EI3KO               Mike fm Limerick
Sent Tintwistle WX (2nd day on the trot with high of 26C)
Sent QTC fm Union Mag “Telegraph”
Sent some mixed code
3 Questions :-
Q1 – You are QTO GCC on a fishing boat to GNE. Where from, where to?    (Tyne/Weir orTees to Oban)
Q2 – What difference in the engine room, did a bow thruster make?   (needed extra power, another generator)
Q3 – What radically changed the speed at which ships were built?   (Riveting went to welding and also fabrication
of ship sections welded together.)
Some very good answers tonight, as questions pretty easy and memories returning well!

Net report for Thursday 14th May from Mike Carter

Conditions tonight were pretty good and no “Lids” on our frequency which made life a lot easier.
On tonight’s Net were the following :-
G4KJD           Ian fm Ashill Somerset
G4NCZ          John fm Manchester     (Nice to have him back on the Net)
G0CHV          Mike fm Morecambe
G3OGP          Robin fm Billingshurst Sussex
G0ELZ           Bill fm Liverpool
Gw3VVL        Ken fm Crew Green
G4EOA          Tim fm Hastings
M0URL           Peter fm Yateley Hants
MI0RPT          Richard fm Millisle N.I.
Sent Tintwistle WX  (high of 20c!)
Sent QTC fm Union Mag “Telegraph”
Sent some mixed code
3 Questions :-
Q1 – You are QTO CUL bnd KLB where from, where to?           (Lisbon to Seattle)
Q2 – What was the main source of power for the deck derricks?    (Older ships – steam. Later ships DC mains or 3 phase a/c.
Q3 – What part of a ships hull made it more efficient cutting through the sea or ice?      (Bulbous Bow)
Some good answers tonight but not many remembering KLB as Seattle. Perhaps not on the Japan-USA run.
I nearly forgot the clapping at 2000 lt but was a minute late but did it any way and the last weeks also.

Three net reports are regrettably missing due to website problems which have now been solved.

Net report for Thursday 16th April from Mike Carter

A good turnout tonight, but again spoiled by damn contestors who come in top of us, deaf ops of course, and cause considerable qrm for their stupid serial numbers etc. I would ban the lot of them, no manners whatsoever, and that is not Ham Radio! Also, the deliberate QRM bloke came on but we shifted and nothing was heard of him after that.
On tonight’s Net were the following :-
G4KJD        Ian fm Ashill Somerset
G0CHV       Mike fm Morecambe
G4EOA       Tim fm Hastings
GW3VVL     Ken fm Crew Green Wales
G3ZRJ         Tony fm Pennymoor/Tiverton
M0URL         Peter fm Yateley Hants
M0BUI          Les fm Bude
MI0RPT        Richard fm Millisle N.I.
G4LFU         Tony fm Penrith
G3OGP        Robin fm Billingshurst Sussex
EI3ER           Tom fm Galway
PA3KGR        Tiel fm Wyjnacker nr Rotterdam    (Contest obliterated receiving my questions!)
Sent Tintwistle WX (high of 26C!)
Sent QTC fm Union Mag “Telegraph”
Sent some mixed code
3 Questions :-
Q1 – You are QTO WLO bnd VCS where from, where to?  (Mobile to Halifax)
Q2 – How many sets of aerial coppers in a uk ship radio room?  (with separate MF and HF Transmitters + Emergency Transmitter – 3 coppers. On later installations with combined MF and HF Transmitter, 2 coppers.
Q3 – On a tanker, after discharging cargo, the tanks had to be what?    (Gas freed before anything else could be done to the tanks like washing etc.)

Net report for Thursday 9th April from Mike Carter

Nice change tonight with good conditions (more daylight) except 20 minutes into the Net, we had a tuning “Lid”, key down strength 599 plus 20db. he was trying to wipe us out. Very deliberate tactics. Same bloke we have had doing the same thing recently. I think he has mental health issues. We QSY up 500c/s and completed the Net with no further problems We had a break at 2000z for clapping the NHS and support workers everywhere.
On tonight’s Net were the following:-
G4KJD          Ian fm Ashill Somerset
G4EOA         Tim fm Hastings
G3OGP         Robin fm Billingshurst Sussex
EI3ER           Tom fm Galway
GW3VVL       Ken fm Crew Green Wales
MI0RPT         Richard fm Millisle N.I.
Sent Tintwistle WX
Sent QTC fm Union Mag “Telegraph”
Sent some mixed Code
3 Questions :-
Q1 – You are QTO CLA bnd XFU where from, where to?  (Havana Cuba to Vera Cruz Mexico)
Q2 – Plimsol line is shaped like what?   (White Circle with horizontal white line through the middle with ladder markings either side of the circle)
Q3 – Large tankers, bound for Europe, are lightened usually where.  (As far as I know, still lightened in Lyme Bay)
The QRM from the tuning “Lid” put a lot of us off. Answers a bit sketchy tonight with memories down a bit.
Still, a good turnout and hoping this will keep up during lockdown.