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

As another option , another sked will be on trial as follows.

Every Friday afternoon on 3538 khz at 1500z 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 1500-1530z 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 29th November from Mike Carter

Another bad night – 80m band u/s so started off on 1827 khz instead.
On tonight’s Net were the following :-
G4KJD        Ian fm Ashill Somerset
G4LFU       Tony fm Penrith
G3OGP      Robin fm Billingshurst
G0ELZ       Bill fm Liverpool
Sent Tintwistle WX
QTC fm Union Mag “Telegraph”
TTT from GKZ/humberradio
Some mixed code
5 Questions :-
Q1 – You are QTO PCH bnd VIP, where from where to?   (Holland to Perth)
Q2 – Chesapeake Bay East Coast USA is surrounded by what 3 states?   (Delaware, Maryland and Virginia)
Q3 – Curacao/PJC had an island to the west and one to the east, what were they?  (Aruba and Bonaire)
Q4 – What type of cheap ship was built for general cargo in USA during WW2?           (Liberty boats)
Q5 – What bird follows ships across the Southern Ocean?                                         (Albatross)
Robin managed to get Bonaire in Q3, but no one got Q2.Surely they must have sailed near there in their sea time?
Q’s 1,4 & 5 easy peasy. World maps out please lads to remember your past!

Net report for Thursday 22nd November from Mike Carter

Another awful night having to QSY down to 1827 khz with bad QRN and QSB.
I had 2 trying to listen in but could not be heard – Mike/G0CHV and Robin/G3OGP
Those on the Net tonight as follows :-
Ian        G4KJD
Tony     G4LFU
Dave    G3YQD
Sent Tintwistle WX
Sent QTC fm Union Mag “Telegraph”
Sent TTT from GKR/Wickradio
Sent some mixed code
5 Questions :-
Q1 – You are QTO PPR bnd 6VA where from, where to?    (Rio to Dakar)
Q2 – What type of ship can bridge 2 wave crests with ease in the South African Cape rollers?   (VLCC big Tanker)
Q3 – What is the biggest City in Africa, and in what country? (Cairo in Egypt)
Q4 – What Island of the Falklands is Port Stanley on?   (East Falkland)
Q5 – Which port can take the biggest cruise ships – Miami or Fort Lauderdale?      (Fort Lauderdale, has more draught)
Conditions so bad the lads were struggling to read the questions, let alone give me right answers.
Let’s hope next week will be an improvement.

Net report for Thursday 8th November from Mike Carter

Very poor conditions tonight, my rig keying circuit started acting up so had to change rigs mid Net.
Had some internal qrm my end from 2 old ladies who forgot the noise and left door open with TV blaring!! My performance was sadly down tonight, combination of circumstances.
On tonight’s Net were the following :-
G4KJD         Ian fm Ashill Somerset
G3PLE        Duke fm Helston (He started giving WX then cut off – called him later, no reply)
G3ZRJ        Tony fm Pennymoor/Tiverton
2E0CPF      Clive fm Sale Cheshire
EI3ER          Tom fm Galway
G4LFU         Tony fm Penrith
G4EOA        Tim fm Hastings
GW3VVL      Ken fm Crew Green Wales
G3OGP        Robin fm Billingshurst  Surrey
Sent Tintwistle WX
Sent QTC fm Union Mag “Telegraph”
Sent TTT fm GPK/PortPatrickradio
Sent some mixed code
5 Questions :-
Q1 – You are QTO TFA bnd OXJ where from, where to? (Reykjavik to Torshavn (Faeroes)
Q2 – Were was the Cod War mainly fought?  (South Icelandic Waters)
Q3 – Name a large port other than Hull, in county of Lincs?                  (Immingham)
Q4 – Which Island is nearer to Africa, Ascension or St Helena  (St Helena)
Q5 – What was the callsign of Bananaradio?   (9PA)
Some of the lads could not even hear the questions tonight due QSB and general band noise tonight.
Only Robin got Q3 right. If the lads watched a bit more of “Quest” Ch37 on TV, a lot of shipping questions would could come to light, especially about the increasing size of UK ports etc. A very interesting channel
for ex seafarers.

Net report for Thursday 1st November from Mike Carter

Only 4 on tonight’s Net together with a lot of QSB, knocking my questions out!
Here are the lads on the Net :-
G0ELZ         Bill fm Liverpool
2E0CPF      Clive fm Sale Cheshire
G4EOA       Tim fm Hastings
G4LFU        Tony fm Penrith
Sent Tintwistle WX
Sent QTC regarding New Loran being land based in Korea. More to come?
Sent QTC fm Union Mag “Telegraph”
Sent TTT fm GLV/Angleseyradio
Sent some mixed code
5 Questions :-
Q1 – You are QTO EAT bnd VIP where from, where to?  (Tenerife to Perth
Q2 – What French Island is to the west of GXO? (Reunion)
Q3 – Where was the safety loop for the main aerial fitted?( after insulator at end of aerial)
Q4 – Were tankers double skinned in the 60’s?   (No, much later)
Q5 – How many lads have sailed with an RX whip aerial up forward?  (most have, and very quiet reception)
Bill and Clive suffered QSB when I was sending questions, so only got a small amount. Mike G0CHV called later as he got held up and could not make the Net. Hope a few more come on next week.