ROARS Nets

 

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

Robin

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.

Robin/G3OGP

Mike/M6MPC

Clive/ 2E0CPF

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Near report for Thursday 25th November from Mike Carter

Conditions not good at all tonight. Struggling inter Uk, but long skip so Germany and Holland ok.
Hence a few missing of the list tonight.
 
On tonight’s Net were the following :-
 
DH6BAN          Hans Jurgen fm Ibbenbueren
 
G4EOA            Tim fm Hastings
 
G3OGP            Robin fm Billingshurst Sussex
 
PA3KGR          Tiel fm Pijnacker/Rotterdam
 
EI3ER              Tom fm Galway
 
MI0RPT            Richard (unable to copy as too weak due conditions)
 
Sent Tintwistle WX
Sent QTC fm Union Mag “Telegraph” in Dutch and another in English Diff subject
Sent navigational Warning
3 Questions ;-
Q1 – You are QTO ELC bnd SUH where from, where to?  (Monrovia to Alexandria Egypt)
Q2 – What QRC was Shaw Saville Line ?  (Marconi)
Q3 – What Cunard Liner lies on her side in VPS Harbour  (Queen Elizabeth – the 1st one!)
 
No one got Q2 which I thought was well known. Memories a bit vague on Q1 also.
Let’s hope next week will be better conditions.

Net report for Thursday 11th November from Mike Carter

Conditions again a little strange but towards the end of the Net, conditions my end improved a lot.
 
On tonight’s Net weree the following :-
 
GW3VVL            Ken fm Crew Green Wales
 
G4EOA               Tim fm Hastings .  Nothing from Tim when called, found out I     had faded out with him due QSB.
 
G4KJD                Ian fm Ashill Somerset
 
EI3ER                 Tom fm Galway
 
M0URL                Peter fm Yateley Hants
 
PA3KGR              Tiel fm Pijnacker/Rotterdam
 
MW0JWW            John fm Fishguard
 
G4NCZ                 John fm Manchester
 
G3OGP                 Robin fm Billingshurst
 
MI0RPT                 Richard fm Millisle N.I.
 
Sent Tintwistle WX
Sent QTC fm Union Mag “Telegraph”
Sent a Navigational Warning
3 Questions :-
Q1 – You are QTO 9D bnd ODR where from, where to?   (Malta to Beiruit/Beyrouth)
Q2 – What part of a ship do you tie the mooring ropes to?  ( Bitts)
Q3 – Apart from morring ropes, what else is normally used?  (Spring and/or  anchor if needed)
This question caused a lot of confusion as I badly worded it. Very sorry for putting the lads on the spot.
 
Some very good answers though, even with my blunder, so memories are still there.

Net report for Thursday 4th November from Mike Carter

Reasonable conditions tonight, but better signals over longer distances.
 
On tonight’s Net were the following :-
 
GW3VVL             Ken fm Crew Green Wales 
 
G4EOA                Tim fm Hastings
 
G3OGP                Robin fm Billingshurst Sussex
 
G0CHV                Mike fm Morecambe
 
G4NCZ                John fm Manchester  (wellcome back) He had a minor      operation recently and now mending.
 
G0ELZ                 Bill fm North Liverpool
 
PA3KGR              Tiel fm Pijnacker/Rotterdam
 
M0URL                 Peter fm Yateley Hants
 
G4DKQ                 Jim fm South Liverpool
 
MI0RPT                 Richard fm Millisle N.I.
 
M0ITR                   Rob fm Perranporth
 
Sent Tintwistle WX
Sent QTC fm Union Mag “Telegraph” in Dutch then another in English diff subject
Sent Navigational Warning
3 Questions:-
Q1 – You are QTO XSG bnd XVS where from, where to?    (Shanghai to Saigon)
Q2 – Most general cargo ships in our time at sea, were around 9K gross tons. Were they all Aft or Midships accommodation? mainly midships, but later, on more modern cargo ships, became all aft.
Q3 – How good was your emerg. RX compared with main RX?     (Marconi’s answer, The Alert, was terrible. However, the opposition namely, AEI/Siemens/Redifon/IMR Emerg RX’s were multi band like the main RX. Not as good but could be used on HF if main RX failed)
 
Some good answers tonight as easy questions. Memories are still intact on certain sea subjects!

Net report for Thursday 28th October from Mike Carter

Good conditions again tonight, this being the second week on the trot. I got everyone ok tonight but was
listening through S9 of HV Pylon 50 c/s noise! Nay bother, used to it now.
 
On tonight’s Net were the following :-
 
G4KJD             Ian fm Ashill Somerset
 
G4EOA            Tim fm Hastings
 
G0ELZ             Bill fm North Liverpool
 
GW3VVL          Ken fm Crew Green Wales
 
G3YQD            Dave fm Sale Cheshire
 
PA3KGR           Tiel fm Pijnacker/Rotterdam
 
MW0JWW         John fm Fishguard
 
G0CHV              Mike fm Morecambe
 
G3OGP              Robin fm Billingshurst Sussex
 
G4DKQ              Jim fm South Liverpool
 
MI0RPT              Richard fm Millisle N.I.
 
EI3ER                 Tom fm Galway
 
Sent Tintwistle WX
Sent QTC fm Union Mag “Telegraph” in Dutch, then another in English diff subject
Sent Navigational Warning
3 Questions :-
Q1 – You are QTO Ask bnd HSA where from, where to?  (Karachi to Bangkok)
Q2 – In very heavy seas on the bow, what does the ship normally do for safety regarding its speed?    (Hove To, reduce speed)
Q3 – Approx how fast is the Mozambique current between the Comoro Islands and Mozambique?       ( 6 kts)
 
Some good answers tonight with good signal strengths, but HSA was not known to a few of the lads. Nice to see more than
10 lads come on the Net. Hope this carries on.

Net report for Thursday 21st October from Mike Carter

Good conditions on the Net tonight, and Holland coming in well, too.
 
On tonight’s Net were the following :-
 
GW3VVL              Ken fm Crew Green Wales
 
GD4RGR              Ken fm Sulby Isle of Man
 
G4EOA                 Tim fm Hastings
 
G0CHV                 Mike fm Morecambe  
 
M0URL                  Peter fm Yateley Hants
 
PA3KGR                Tiel fm Pijnacker/Rotterdam
 
MW0JWW              John fm Fishguard
 
G3OGP                   Robin fm Billingshurst
 
EI3ER                     Tom fm Galway
 
G4KDQ                   Jim fm South Liverpool
 
Sent Tintwistle WX
Sent QTC fm Union Mag “Telgraph” in Dutch, then another in English diff subject
Sent Navigational warning
3 Questions :-
Q1 – You are QTO PPR bnd TUA where from, where to?   (RIO to Abidjan Ivory Coast)
Q2 – Did anyone end up in the sea during a full lifeboat drill?   (some very interesting answers!)
Q3 – How did you get up a mast to repair your main antenna?      (Bosun’s Chair, most popular way, there’s others too)
 
Some very good answers tonight, and due to good conditions, I think a very good Net.

Net report for Thursday 14th October from Mike Carter

A new lad joined tonight – Hans-Jurgen fm Ibbenbueren Germany. Hope he will come on again. All signals pretty good
tonight, as the darker nights are helping.
 
On tonight’s Net were the following :-
 
G4KJD           Ian fm Ashill Somerset
 
DH6BAN        Hans Jurgen fm Ibbenbueren Germany
 
G4EOA          Tim fm Hastings
 
GW3VVL        Ken fm Crew Green Wales
 
M0URL           Peter fm Yateley Hants
 
MW0JWW      John fm Fishguard
 
PA3KGR         Tiel fm Pijnacker/Rotterdam
 
G3OGP           Robin fm Billingshurst
 
GD4RGR        Ken fm Sulby Isle of Man
 
MI0RPT          Richard fm Millisle N.I.
 
EI3ER             Tom fm Galway
 
Sent Tintwistle WX
Sent QTC fm Union Mag “Telegraph” in Dutch, then another in Englishj diff subject
Sent Navigational Warning
3 Questions :-
Q1 – You are QTO NMR bnd 6YI where from, where to?  (San Juan Puerto Rico bnd Kingston Jamaica)
Q2 – What device at sea did the cook use to throw waste food into the sea?      (long covered in shute on the lee side)
Q3 – When waiting for a berth, why can’t you anchor off PJC?  (Far too deep as the Curacao Island is like a mushroom
sticking out of the sea)
 
Some good answers tonight but some confused between 6YI and 9YL (Trinidad) All in all, a very good Net and warm welcome to Hans-Jurgen for coming on for the first time.