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”.
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.
Net report for Thursday 10th June from Mike Carter
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
- 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.
- 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.