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 12th July from Mike Carter

Very good turnout tonight on Net with 10 lads calling in. Conditions reasonable, no more. Those on the Net tonight as follows :-
GM0GCO    Brian fm Glasgow
G0ELZ         Bill fm Liverpool
G4EOA        Tim fm Hastings
GB0GKA      Tony fm Pennymoor/Tiverton
M0BUI          Les fm Bude
G3PLE         Duke fm nr Helston
M0URL        Peter fm Yateley Hants
G4MYD        Bob fm Kilkhampton Cornwall
G4LFU         Tony fm Penrith
G0CHV         Mike fm Morecambe
Sent Tintwistle WX (Still Costa Del Tinsle at 27c today)
QTC fm Union Mag “Telegraph”
TTT fm GPK/PortPatrickradio
Sent some mixed code
5 Questions :-
Q1 – You are QTO 9YL bnd port for IAR where from, where to?     (Trinidad to Civitavechia)
Q2 – What country is nearest to Trinidad?  (Venezuela)
Q3 – When is a tanker at its highest point out of water due to what?  (All cargo and ballast discharged)
Q4 – What area scheme island was east of Madagascar?   (Mauritius/GXO)
Q5 – What was Cullercoatsradio Working frequency on R/T?   (1841 kcs)
Tony/GB0GKA got 4 questions tonight, a very good effort. Others got the odd one or two by tried hard to bring their memories back. Am very pleased with tonight’s Net. A little bit more interest perhaps, and we got Les back.


Better conditions tonight from 2 weeks ago. don’t know what it was like last week as Peter was in control.
On tonight’s Net were the following :-
G0ELZ          Bill fm Liverpool
G3PLE          Duke fm nr Helston Cornwall
2E0CPF        Clive fm Sale Cheshire
GW3VVL      Ken fm Crew Green Wales
GB0GKA/G3ZRJ     Tony fm Pennymoor/Tiverton
G4LFU/P      Tony working portable fm Coniston Lake District
G0CHV         Mike fm Morecambe
Sent Tintwistle WX (Still Costa Del Tintwistle) 29c!
QTC fm Union Mag “Telegraph”
Some P/L and mixed code for a change
5 Questions :-
Q1 – You are QTO XYR bnd VWM where from, where to? (Rangoon to Madras)
Q2 – What was the port for Hanoi North Vietnam called? (Haiphong/XVG)
Q3 – What is the nearest country to Antarctica?   (Chile)
Q4 – Hispaniola in the Caribbean, comprises of 2 countries, what are they? (Haiti/Dominican Republic)
Q5 – Flag of convenience Island, callsigns usually ZC…, has a capital called what? (Hamilton Bermuda)
Q3 seemed to be answered OK but only Tony G3ZRJ knew any more. No one got Q5.
Memories were lacking tonight. Must press on with extracting old info in the coming weeks!!

Net report for Thursday 28th June from Peter Gavin

Good conditions tonight although Richard MI0RPT was a little weak working maritime mobile from Bangor Bay. On tonight’s Net were the following although G4EOA and M0BUI were not there when I called back later.

G3ZRJ – Tony fm Tiverton

G4EOA – Tim fm Hastings

GW3VVL – Ken fm Crew Green

2E0CPF – Clive fm Sale

G3OGP – Robin fm Billingshurst

MI0RPT/MM – Richard- Bangor Bay

G4MYD – Bob fm Kilkhampton

M0BUI – Les fm Bude

Sent my WX fm Yateley.

QTC from Union Mag “telegraph”

TTT from Humberradio/GKZ

5 Questions :-

1 You are QTO ZDK bnd SVA where to, where from?                 (Gibraltar to Athens)

2 What is the waterway between Italy and Sicily called?             (Straits of Messina)

3 What is the port for Rome?                                                       (Civitavecchia)

4 What are the 2 main oil ports in Italy on the northwest coast?  (Genoa and La Spezia)

5 What is the famous narrow canal in Greece called?                 (Corinth Canal)

Good Answers but only Clive spelt the Port of Rome correctly!)


Net report for Thursday 21st June from Mike Carter

Better conditions again tonight, with live being 599 most of the time!
On tonight’s Net are the following :-
GM0GCO        Brian fm Glasgow
G0ELZ            Bill fm Liverpool
2E0CPF          Clive fm Sale Cheshire
G3ZRJ            Tony fm Pennymoor/Tiverton
GW3VVL         Ken fm Crew Green Wales
M0URL            Peter fm Yateley Hants
G4MYD            Bob fm Kilkhampton Cornwall
Sent Tintwistle WX
QTC fm Union Mag “Telegraph”
TTT fm GKZ/Humberradio
5 Questions :-
Q1 – You are QTO XSG on box boat bnd KLB where from, where to?   (Shanghai to Seattle)
Q2 – What was the old name for Taiwan? (Formosa)
Q3 – Most ship building in South Korea is in what part of the country?
(Southeast, Pusan area)
Q4 – Name the major dock area in 9VG?  (Jurong)
Q5 – What river is Capital Phnom Penh situated on? (Mekong)
Some very good answers tonight but memories have gone out the window
for Seattle. The clue was box boat, they have a regular run to here.
A pretty good turnout tonight so very pleased with the lads.

Net report for Tuesday 19th June from Mike Carter

Pretty good conditions tonight considering that storm that just went over us. Most lads 579 or above, and I was heard quite well all over.
On tonight’s Net were the following :-
G4KJD          Ian fm Ashill somerset
G0ELZ          Bill fm Liverpool
G3ZRJ          Tony fm Pennymoor/Tiverton
GW3VVL       Ken fm Crew Green Wales
G4MYD         Bob fm Kilkhampton Cornwall on low power
G0CHV         Mike fm Morecambe
2E0CPF        Clive fm Sale Cheshire with new G7FEK Antenna
Sent Tintwistle WX
QTC fm Union Mag “Telegraph”
QTC fm 2E0CPF/Clive re sked on Fridays at 1930LT on 3538kh5 Questions :-
Q1 – You are QTO GNE bnd GKR wheree from, where to?   (Oban to Wick)
Q2 – The Faeroe Islands are connected by undersea cable to UK. If UK coast stations are unobtainable, and you are north of the UK, what coast station could you use for traffic to UK? (OXJ, Torshavnradio Faeroes.
Q3 – What headland in Norway, is 71 degrees north?  (Nord Kap or North Cape)
Q4 – Where, in england, off the channel, are super tankers lightened? (Lyme Bay Devon)
Q5 – How did your ship get a position in the evening when deep sea? (Star sight by sextant) 

Net report for Thursday 7th June from Mike Carter

Better conditions tonight although QSB still looming making G4EOA miss the questions. However, on tonight’s Net were the following :-
2E0CPF    Clive fm Sale on his new G7FEK Antenna
GW3VVL   Ken fm Crew Green wales
G3ZRJ       Tony fm Pennymoor/Tiverton
G4LFU       Tony fm Penrith
G4EOA      Tim fm Hastings
G4MYD      Bob fm Kilkhampton Cornwall on 10 watts  (Clear to read)
Sent Tintwistle WX again “Costa del Tinsle”
Sent QTC fm Union Mag “Telegraph”
Sent QTC Ref event in July
5 Questions :-
Q1 – You are QTO YVG bnd VWC Via ZSC. Where from where to via what?
La Guira to Calcutta via Capetown
Q2 – Many years ago, Lagos/5OW had a crisis in shipping. What did it refer to?    (Cement Embargo)
Q3 – Port Harcourt/5OZ , was once a war torn area. What was the area of Nigeria called?   (Biafra)
Q4 – If Sydney is at the end of the day, is New Zealand in the next day or not?      (same day)
Q5 – What island in Hawaii was KHK/Kahuku Point on?        (Oahu)
Some good answers and 2 got Biafra! One got cement, Bob.
Signals were also up tonight but QSB dropped many at times, including mine.