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 11th April from Mike Carter

Conditions quite good tonight especially from Ireland and down south. I was using the wrong antenna but changed over to my long wire in the middle.
On tonight’s Net were the following :-
G3ZRJ         Tony fm Pennymoor Devon
G4EOA        Tim fm Hastings
EI5CA          Tom fm Shannon
M0URL        Peter fm Yateley Hants
EI3ER          Tom fm Galway
G0CHV        Mike fm Morecambe
Sent Tintwistle WX
Sent QTC fm Union Mag “Telegraph”
Some mixed code
3 Questions :-
Q1 – You are QTO 5ZF bnd 9KK where from, where to? ( Mombasa to Kuwait )
Q2 – Name a shipping company that Lord Vesty ran?  ( Blue Star Line)
Q3 – What was Wickradio/GKR working frequency on MF CW?  (432 kc/s)
Again some good answers tonight. I made it quite easy.
Nobody got GKR working frequency of 432 kc/s!! I thought we all new our MF Coast station frequencies!!

Net report for Thursday 4th April from Mike Carter

Conditions at my end tonight were horrendous. I was getting S9+ noise from the HV Pylon.
However, I managed to read about 80% of what the lads sent me and filled the gaps.
On tonight’s Net were the following :-
G0ELZ          Bill fm Liverpool  (much better signal as he improved his antenna)
G4EOA         Tim fm Hastings
G4KJD          Ian fm Ashill Somerset
G3ZRJ          Tony fm Pennymoor Devon  ( Tony also good signal with modified antenna)
M0BUI           Les fm Bude
GW3VVL       Ken fm Crew Green Wales
GM0GCO      Brian fm Glasgow
G4LFU          Tony fm Penrith
EI5CA           Tom fm Shannon
M0URL          Peter fm Yateley Hants
EI3ER            Tom fm Galway
Sent Tintwistle WX
Sent QTC fm Union Mag “Telegraph”
Sent some mixed code
3 Questions :-
Q1 – You are QTO PJC bnd 9YL where from, where to ?     (Curacao to Trinidad)
Q2 – What islands in the Caribbean does the UK still administer?                  (British Virgin Islands)
Q3 – Name another type of emergency battery other than lead acid?             (Nife or NiCad)
Again some good answers tonight in spite of the QRN etc. Hoping next week will be rain free!

Net report for Thursday 28 March from Mike Carter

A good turnout tonight with G4NCZ re-joining us after a long absence. Conditions were excellent with most signals being 599 and over!
On tonight’s Net were the following :-
G4KJD         Ian fm Ashill Somerset
G4EOA        Tim fm Hastings
G0ELZ         Bill fm Liverpool
GW3VVL     Ken fm Crew Green Wales
G0CHV       Mike fm Morecambe
G4NCZ       John fm Manchester
GM0GCO   Brian fm Glasgow
M0URL       Peter fm Yateley   Hants
G4LFU       Tony fm Penrith
G3OGP      Robin fm Billingshurst  Sussex
Sent Tintwistle WX  (High of 19c!!)
Sent QTC fm Union Mag “Telegraph”
Sent some mixed code
3 Questions :-
Q1 – You are QTO 9PA bnd ZSD where from, where to?  (Banana to Durban)
Q2 – Many cruise ships used aluminium for upper decks construction. What happens to it some years down the line?                                                                                               (Corrosion, and costly to repair)
Q3 – What are the nearest countries to Antartica?   (Chile and Argentina)
Some good answers tonight. Q2 was a little bit difficult but the lads knew why. HiHi.
All in all, it was very good due to better conditions than we have been having recently. There was some bad QRM from another damn contest almost on our frequency, which caused a few lads to miss some of the questions or part of them. Contesting is outdated, extremely selfish to other amateurs, and should be watered down to say the least. They think they own the bands!!

Net report for Thursday 21 March from Mike Carter

Conditions tonight were mostly  favourable, with QSB. Ireland coming in quite strong.
On tonight’s Net were the following :-
G4KJD          Ian fm Ashill Somerset
G3ZRJ          Tony fm Pennymoor/Tiverton
M0BUI           Len fm Bude
G0CHV         Mike fm Morecambe
G3OGP         Robin fm Billingshurst Sussex
M0URL          Peter fm Yateley Hants
EI5CA           Tom fm Shannon
G4LFU/P       Tony working portable fm Borrowdale Campsite in the Lakes
GW3VVL        Ken fm Crew green Wales
EI3ER            Tom fm Galway
G4EOA          Tim Called in at end of Net, but not a good signal.Didn’t hear him call me earlier – conditions.
Sent Tintwistle WX
Sent QTC fm Union Mag “Telegraph”
Sent some mixed code
3 Questions (will carry on doing 3 as I think perhaps 5 was pushing it a little)
Q1 – You are QTO IAR bnd 4XO where from, where to?  (Rome-Civitavechia to Haifa)
Q2 – What port in the UK, received nuclear waste from Italy and Japan?         (Barrow-in-Furness)
Q3 – Plymouth, the Capital of Monserrat, is buried beneath what?                   (Volcanic Ash)
Some very good answers tonight, cos’ I made it easy. Also, very nice to have higher numbers calling in!

Net report for Thursday 14th March from Mike Carter

Good turnout again tonight and conditions pretty good although my bug was reported to be a little poorly!
On tonight’s Net were the following :-
G4KJD        Ian fm Ashill Somerset
G0ELZ        Bill fm Liverpool
G4EOA       Tim fm Hastings
G4LFU        Tony fm Penrith
GM0GCO    Brian fm Glasgow
EI5CA          Tom fm Shannon
G3OGP        Robin fm Billingshurst
EI3ER          Tom fm Galway
Sent Tintwistle WX
QTC fm Union Mag “Telegraph”
Some mixed code
5 Questions :-
Q1 – You are QTO SVA bnd XVR where from, where to?  (Pireaus to Rangoon)
Q2 – Whazt is the big open water area north of Suez, part of the Canal?     (Gt Bitter Lakes)
Q3 – What is the new name for Saigon?    (Ho Chi Minh City)
Q4 – What is the callsign of Darwinradio in the area scheme?   (VHM)
Q5 – Cullercoatsradio GCC was situated near what holiday resort?              (Whitley Bay)
Some good answers tonight but Darwin a no goer.     (I used to work this station many a time when in the evenings on the Indian Ocean when GKA a no go in the early hours!!)