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



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 2nd April from Mike Carter

I had a late start due to helpful villagers at the front door – 6ft 6″ away, who were looking after my welfare, bless ’em.
On tonight’s Net were the following :-
G3OGP        Robin fm Billingshurst Sussex
G0CHV        Mike fm Morecambe
G4LFU        Tony fm Penrith
GW3VVL     Ken fm Crew Green Wales
G4EOA        Tim fm Hastings
M0BUI          Les fm Bude
EI3ER           Tom fm Galway
PA3KGR        Tiel fm Pijnacker nr Rotterdam
M0URL          Peter fm Yateley Hants
G4NCZ          John fm Manchester
MM0XMQ      Les fm GND/Stonehaven
2E0CPF         Clive fm Sale Cheshire
Sent 3 questions ;-
Q1 – You are QTO PPR bnd TUA where from, where to?   (Rio to Abidjan Ivory Coast)
Q2 – If you were hit by the seventh wave (Massive – up to around 100ft high) off the the South African Coast, would it be better to take the impact of a midships and aft ship, or on an all aft ships?  (after my personal experience, an all aft ship, as less damage to accommodation)
Q3 – In the North Sea, oil/gas platforms are being de commissioned due to diminishing stocks. Where are these rigs taken to be scrapped?                                                                 (mainly NE Scotland, some to Holland and Norway also)
A very good turnout tonight with good conditions until it went fully dark, then the skip increased. The normal cross band QRM was not on our frequency at the time of the Net. He came on roughly an hour later, so nay bother.

Net report for Thursday 26th March from Mike Carter

Conditions pretty good tonight except for another dam contest going on all over the band. I shifted us down to 3536 kcs, this being a bit better than 3538, with less QRM.
On tonight’s Net were the following :-
GW3VVL         Ken fm Crew Green Wales
G3ZRJ            Tony fm Pennymoor/Tiverton
G0ELZ            Bill fm Liverpool
EI3ER             Tom fm Galway
G3OGP           Robin fm Billingshurst Sussex
MI0RPT           Richard fm Millisle N.I.
MM0XMQ        Les fm Stonehaven/GND
M0URL            Peter fm Yateley Hants
Sent Tintwistle WX Max Temp 20c!!
Sent QTC fm Union Mag “Telegraph”
Sent some mixed code
3 Questions :-
Q1 – You are QTO ZDK bnd TNA where from, where to?  (Gibraltar to Point Noire W Africa)
Q2 – Why did Titanic/MGY have 4 funnels instead of 3?    (Architect said it would look better and also became a ventilation outlet)
Q3 – Ref MGY. Where was the fourth funnel situated in relation to the other 3?  (Far Aft. When steaming, the smoke from the other 3 passed over it making it look like it was also smoking)

Net report for Thursday 19th March from Mike Carter

Good conditions tonight but still got QRM from an unknown source – this lid does not respond to a call as if he is working cross band! Could do with a DF bearing to find out who it is!
On tonight’s Net were the following :-
G4KJD       Ian fm Ashill somerset
GW3VVL    Ken fm Crew Green Wales
GM0GCO   Brian fm Glasgow
M0BUI        Les fm Bude
G4EOA       Tim fm Hastings
PA3 KGR    Tiel fm Wijnacker nr Rotterdam
G3ZRJ        Tony fm Pennymoor/Tiverton
M0URL        Peter fm Yateley Hants
G3OGP       Robin fm Billingshurst
G0CHU       Mike fm Morecambe
G4LFU/P     Tony Camper vanning in Borrowdale, Lake District
MI0RPT       Richard fm MillIsle N.I.
Sent Tintwistle WX
Sent QTC fm Union Mag “Telegraph”
Sent some mixed code
3 Questions :-
Q1 – You are QTO ZSD bnd 5ZF where from, where to?    (Durban to Mombasa)
Q2 – What is the main landing stage for ships/ferries in Liverpool?   (Princess Stage at PierHead)
Q3 – Why is most accommodation on ships painted white?   (To reflect the sun, and also, the ship can be seen for miles at sea)
Some very good answers tonight. Had to send questions twice due to the QRM Lid. Some lads still missed the questions. This should not be happening. Another transmitter just coming on top of us without asking if
the frequency is busy, no manners whatsoever!!


Conditions a lot better tonight with very good signal strengths. However, we had a visitor, possibly working cross band and who was not monitoring his frequency – “Ours”!!  He came on out of nowhere, so was difficult to receive over the top of him. He was 589! in Tintwistle.


Those on tonight’s Net as follows :-
G4KJD       Ian fm Ashill Somerset
G0ELZ       Bill fm Liverpool
GW3VVL    Ken fm Crew green Wales
M0BUI        Les fm Bude
M0URL       Peter fm Yately
G4LFU        Tony fm Penrith
G3OGP       Robin fm Billingshurst  Sussex
MM0XMQ   Les fm Stonehaven (GND)
Sent Tintwistle WX
Sent QTC fm Union Mag “Telegraph”
Sent some mixed code
3 Questions :-
Q1 – You are QTO SUP bnd CNP where from, where to?   (Port Said to Casablanca)
Q2 – What was the lowest bandwidth/cw filter on a Marine RX in our time at sea? (500c/s or 400c/s on more advanced sets)
Q3 – What was the voltage on average of Nife Cell Battery used instead of Lead Acid Battery?    (1.2 volts cell)
Good turn out again tonight with some good answers. Ian got all 3 right, so memories are returning!



Better conditions tonight apart from some horrible intermittent QRM noises on 3538.the following were on tonight’s Net :-
G4KJD         Ian fm Ashill somerset
G4EOA        Tim fm Hastings
G3ZRJ         Tony fm Pennymoor/Tiverton
M0BUI         Les fm Bude
EI5CA          Tom fm Shannon
GW3VVL      Ken fm Crew Green Wales
PA3KGR      Tiel fm Wijnacker nr Rotterdam
M0URL         Peter fm Yatreley Hants
EI3ER           Tom fm Galway
MM0XMQ      Les fm Stonehaven – GND
2E0CPF         Clive fm Sale Cheshire
Sent Tintwistle WX
Sent QTC fm Union Mag “Telegraph”
Sent some mixed code
3 Question s :-
Q1 – Your are QTO EAR bnd SVA where from, where to?   (La Coruna to Piraeus)
Q2 – How did you normally power the Aldis Lamp?  (Battery connected to socket on each bridge wing)
Q3 – What was the most common metal hatch covers called?   (McGreggor)
Some good answers tonight, but the intermittent horrible QRM stopped some of questions being received.All in all, a very good turnout, and once again, Tiel came back on. Nice gesture from him.


Net Report for Thursday 21st February 2020

Better conditions tonight but a couple of the lads off tune so had to find them at times. Most signals above 579 all round.
On tonight’s Net were the following :-
G4KJD          Ian fm Ashill Somerset
PA3KGR       Tiel fm Pijnacker Netherlands
G4EOA         Tim fm Hastings
M0BUI          Les fm Bude
G4LFU          Tony fm Penrith
G3OGP         Robin fm Billingshurst Sussex
GW3VVL       Ken fm Crew Green Wales
G0CHV          Mike fm Morecambe
EI3ER            Tom fm Galway
Sent Tintwistle WX
Sent QTC fm Union Mag “Telegraph”

Sent some mixed code


3 Questions :-
Q1 – You are QTO XYR bnd XVS where from, where to?                 (Rangoon to Saigon)
Q2 –  What material did you find best for the main aerial insulators?       (Glass or Ceramic)
Q3 – Telegraph on bridge is turned to what at end of a voyage?       (Finished with Engines)
Some good answers tonight but only Ken got Q1 right completely. We were all badly interrupted by contestors coming over our QRG. They have absolutely no respect whatsoever and have very deaf ears. To say I hate contesting (it’s a useless entity) is an understatement!