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 8th April from Mike Carter

Pretty good night for comms again except for Polish QRM half way through the Net. It was clear either side of us
so can’t understand why they have to come on top of us when they must surely hear us, unless deaf.
On tonight’s Net were the following :-
PA2PCH        Ad fm Tynaarlo nr Groningen North Holland
G4KJD           Ian fm Ashill Somerset
G4UST           Andy fm nr Church Stretton
PC4Y              Bert fm Den Haag
M0URL           Peter fm Yateley Hants
G3OGP          Robin fm Billingshurst Sussex
G4EOA           Tim fm Hastings
MW0JWW      John fm Fishguard
GW3VVL        Ken fm Crew Green Wales
EI3ER             Tom fm Galway
MI0RPT          Richard fm Millisle N.I.
G4DKQ          Jim fm South Liverpool
PA3KGR        Tiel fm Pijnacker/Rotterdam
Sent Tintwistle WX
Sent QTC fm Union Mag “Telegraph” in Dutch, then another, diff subject in English.
Sent some mixed code
3Questions :-
Q1 – You are QTO 9PA bnd ZSV  were from, where to?     (Banana Congo to Walvis Bay Namibia)
Q2 – In the offshore oil business, what is a derrrick barge?  (used to transport modules and pipes with heavy lift cranes)
Q3 – Radio Station YVM was situated up what Venezuelan River?   (Orinoco)
Some good answers again tonight although some didn’t know Bananaradio/9PA or YVM radio (Cuidad Bolivar).
However, the QRM we had on tonight was awful and I lost concentration on a few occasions. My fault of course.
Lets hope next week will be better.

Net report for Thursday 1st April from Mike Carter

Another night of good conditions, makes all the difference to a good Net.
On tonight’s Net were the following :-
G4KJD          Ian fm Ashill Somerset
PA2PCH       Ad fm Tynaarlo nr Groningen North Holland
G0CHV         Mike fm Morecambe
GW3VVL      Ken fm Crew Green Wales
G4EOA         Tim fm Hastings
PA3KGR       Tiel fm Pijnacker/Rotterdam
MM0XMQ      Les fm GND/Stonehaven
MI0RPT         Richard fm Millisle N.I.
G3OGP         Robin fm Billingshurst Sussex
2E0GKC        Howard fm Oxford        (Didn’t turn up when called)
Sent Tintwistle WX
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 9KK bnd ICB where from, where to?  (Kuwait to Genoa)
Q2 – What was the old name for Suriname/PZN?     (Dutch Guiana)
Q3 – What port is roughly 1000 miles up the Amazon River?  (Manaus)
Some very good answers tonight, but some didn’t know the last 2 questions. I thought they were easy tonight.

Net report for Thursday 25th March from Mike Carter

Another good night for communications with all signals being very good. Slight interference near end of Net due to a deaf op not listening first before pressing his key!
On tonight’s Net were the following :-
PA2 PCH           Ad fm Tynaarlo nr Groningen North Holland
G4KJD               Ian fm Ashill Somerset
G4EOA              Tim fm Hastings
G0ELZ                Bill fm North Liverpool
M0URL               Peter fm Yateley Hants
GW3VVL            Ken fm Crew Green Wales
MM0XMQ           Les fm GND/Stonehaven
M0JWW              John fm Fishguard
MI0RPT               Richard fm Millisle N.I.
PA3KGR              Tiel fm Pijnacker/Rotterdam
G4DKQ                Jim fm South Liverpool
G3OGP                Robin fm Billingshurst Sussex
Sent Tintwistle WX
Sent QTC fm Union Mag “Telegraph” in Dutch, then another in English diff subject.
Sent some mixed code
3 Questions :-
Q1 – You are QTO VWC bnd XYR where from, where to?    (Calcutta to Rangoon)
Q2 – What was the average MF power of the emergency transmitter?        (Minimum of 50 watts to 100 watts)
Q3 – The Lifeboat Radio was supposed to ? if dropped overboard.  (Float, unfortunately, a lot sank)
Some very good answers again tonight, bit like last week. With signals being high. another good Net.

Net report for Thursday 18th March from Mike Carter

Conditions very good all round tonight, a very nice change with no deliberate QRM either.
On tonight’s Net were the following :-
G4KJD            Ian fm Ashill Somerset
PA2PCH         Ad fm Tynaarlo nr Groningen North Holland
G0CHV           Mike fm Morecambe
M0BUI             Les fm Bude
M0URL            Peter fm Yateley Hants
G4EOA            Tim fm Hastings
G0ELZ             Bill fm North Liverpool
M0ITR              Rob fm Perranporth
G4KDQ            Jim fm South Liverpool
GW3VVL          Ken fm Crew Green Wales  
MM0XMQ         Lesfm GND/Stonehaven
G3OGP             Robin fm Billingshurst Sussex
GM0GCO          Brian fm Glasgow
Sent Tintwistle Weather
Sent QTC fm Union Mag “Telegraph” in Dutch, then another in English, diff subject 
Sent some mixed code
3 questions :-
Q1 – You are QTO ZLW bnd VIP where from, where to?            (Wellington NZ to Freemantle OZ)
Q2 – ss Gothic, the original Royal Yacht, was from what shipping company?    (Shaw Saville and Albion)
Q3 – Wickradio/GKR was different from other MF Coast Stations. as had extra what?     (HF frequencies for deep sea fishing fleets, and also, extra frequencies for the Offshore North Sea Oil industry.
Some very good answers tonight with memories coming flooding back. Very pleased with the lads.
Tiel/PA3KGR could not make it on time tonight, and Bert/PC4Y was poor signal so didn’t come on.

Net report for Thursday 11th March from Mike Carter

Good night all round as conditions have picked up, so most signals around 599 or above. Little QRM except for one UK Ham asking if GTZM, again without listening first. I asked him politely to leave and listen first!
On tonight’s Net were the following :-
G4KJD          Ian fm Ashill Somerset
G0ELZ          Bill fm North Liverpool
GW3VVL      Ken fm Crew Green Wales
G4LFU         Tony fm nr Brampton Cumbria
M0URL         Peter fm Yateley Hants
G0CHV         Mike fm Morecambe
G4EOA         Tim fm Hastings
G4DKQ         Jim fm South Liverpool
MI0RPT         Richard fm Millisle N.I.
PA3KGR       Tiel fm Pijnacker/Rotterdam
G3OGP         Robin fm Billingshurst Sussex
PC4Y             Bert fm Den Haag
Sent Tintwistle WX
Sent QTC fm Union Mag “Telegraph” in Dutch, then another in English diff subject
Sent some mixed code
3 Questions :-
Q1 – You are QTO JYO bnd 5ZF where from, where to?   (Aqaba Jordan to Mombassa Kenya)
Q2 – What was the nick name for the Captain’s Steward called?    (Captain’s Tiger)
Q3 – Is Bermuda situated in the Bahamas?   (No, in Western North Atlantic about 750 miles SE of NewYork)
Some very good answers tonight. Ad/PA2PCH could not make it due commitments. Also, with conditions being quite good, everyone could hear each other for a change.