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 6th August 2020 from Mike Carter

Much better conditions tonight except for Tim/G4EOA who only got me at 519 strength. He was 599 plus 12 db at times with me!
On tonight’s Net were the following :-
G3ZRJ          Tony fm Pennymoor/Tiverton
GW3VVL       Ken fm Crew Green Wales
G3OGP         Robin fm Billingshurst Sussex
G4EOA         Tim fm Hastings
PA3KGR       Tiel fm Pijnacker /Rotterdam
G0CHV         Mike fm Morecambe
M0URL         Peter fm Yateley Hants
M0ITR          Rob fm Perranporth
M7FEC        John fm Selsey   (our Vice Chairman)
MI0RPT       Richard fm Millisle N.I.
2E0CPF       Clive fm Sale Cheshire
Sent Tintwistle WX
Sent QTC fm Union Mag “Telegraph”
Sent some hard mixed code
3 Questions :-
Q1 – You are QTO PPR bnd 5OZ where from, where to?   (Rio De Janeiro to Port Harcourt Nigeria)
Q2 – During the 1960’s, Ian Smith, leader of Rhodesia, was getting fuel overland from what port?  (Beira)
Q3 – Name a port between Durban and Capetown?  (Port Johnstone, East London or Port Elizabeth)
Some very good answers tonight, and Ken/GW3VVL has even walked the length of the pipeline in the past that supplied the fuel to Rhodesia!! I didn’t expect that!!Most signals tonight very good, but due to sweaty hands, my fingers kept slipping off the bug. Need some resin of similar to stop that.
Very nice to see our Vice Chairman get his M7 Foundation ticket and come on the Net. Very encouraging to say the least.


Net report for Thursday 30th July from Mike Carter

Conditions not too good tonight with a lot QSB about with some of my text/questions partially heard.
Couple of the lads struggling to hear me due conditions.
On tonight’s Net were the following :-
MI0RPT           Richard fm Millisle N.I.
G4LFU            Tony fm Penrith
GW3VVL        Ken fm Crew Green Wales
M0URL           Peter fm Yateley Hants
Sent Tintwistle WX
Sent QTC fm Union Mag “Telegraph”
Sent some mixed code
3 Questions :-
Q1 – You are QTO GKZ bnd SVA where from, where to?  (Hull to Pireaus for Athens)
Q2 – Name a British Marine Ship diesel engine?   (Doxford, Mirlees Blackstone, Rushton etc)
Q3 – What piece of hardware used to seize up due bad weather, used to connect aerials to halyards?  (shackles)
Only 4 on tonight due conditions. Some good answers also as questions very easy.

Net report for Thursday 23rd July from Mike Carter

Conditions tonight fair with most lads being heard apart from the Hv Pylon QRM 599+ (No let up, raining hard), but I was reading through it all.
On tonight’s Net were the following :-
GW3VVL         Ken fm Crew Green Wales
G4LFU            Tony fm Penrith
G4EOA           Tim fm Hastings
M0ITR             Rob fm Perranporth
M0URL           Peter fm Yateley Hants
G0CHV          Mike fm Morecambe
G3OGP          Robin fm Billingshurst Sussex
2E0CPF         Clive fm Sale Cheshire
Sent Tintwistle WX
Sent QTC fm Union Mag “Telegraph”
Sent some mixed code
3 Questions :-
Q1 – You are QTO DAO bnd TFA where from, where to?  (Kiel to Reykjavik Iceland)
Q2 – What newspaper gave ships movements  in the 9VG area?  (Straits Times)
Q3 – Portisheadradio was situated in Highbridge Somerset. Where were the TX aerials situated.    (At Portishead above the town on the Bristol Channel). Later, various other places. Hence the name, Portisheadradio.
Not a bad turnout tonight, but QSB wiped some of my transmission out, like missing my sent traffic etc.

Net report for Thursday 16th July from Mike Carter

Conditions tonight fair, not the best, but everyone heard, but QSB creeping in towards the end.
On tonight’s Net were the following :-
M0BUI         Les fm Bude
G3OGP       Robin fm Billingshurst Sussex
G4EOA       Tim fm Hastings
M0URL       Peter fm Yateley Hants
MI0RPT      Richard fm Millisle N.I.
Sent Tintwistle weather
Sent QTC fm Union Mag “Telegraph”
Sent some mixed code
3 Questions :-
Q1 – You are QTO VWC bnd HSA where from, where to?  (Calcutta to Bangkok)
Q2 – On a cargo ship, the main TX aerial had to be high enough to clear what?    (Derricks, later ships: cranes)
Q3 – Name an area of a ships bow beginning with B which takes a battering in bad weather?   (The Bulwark)
A few memories missing tonight, but some good answers also. Hope for a few more on next week.