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 16th August from Mike Carter

Very good turnout tonight with very good signals all round, except Mike/G0CHV and EI5CA Tom who had QSB and QRN problems which wiped out a lot of my transmission.

On tonight’s Net were the following :-

G3PLE Duke fm nr Helston Cornwall

G4KJD Ian fm Ashill Somerset

G3ZRJ Tony fm Pennymoor/Tiverton

GW3VVL Ken fm Crew Green Wales

G4EOA Tim fm Hastings

G3OGP Robin fm Billingshurst

M0URL Peter fm Yateley Hants

G4LFU Tony working portable fm Borrowdale Lake District

G0CHV Mike fm Morecambe

EI5CA Tom fm Shannon/Galway area

Sent Tintwistle WX.
Sent QTC fm Union Mag “Telegraph”
TTT fm GKZ/Humberradio
Sent some mixed code
5 Questions:-
Q1 – You are QTO FFP bnd FFB where from where to? (Martinique to Boulogne)
Q2 – What is the last port up the Mississippi for large ocean going ships? (Baton Rouge)
Q3 – Is Slidell/WNU east or west of New Orleans? (east)
Q4 – Cancun is on what part of Mexico? (Yucutan Peninsula)
Q5 – What QRC did Manchester Liners use? (GTZM/Marconi)

Some rather poor answers tonight. I would have thought the lads had heard of Baton Rouge but no such luck. FFP – most have sailed in the Caribbean, again, no one knew it!
How could you forget Martinique as FFP and Guadeloupe as FFQ. They were the only two French stations in the Caribbean! Memories seemed to have diminished again tonight, so let’s hope it’s better next week.

Net report for Thursday 9th August from Mike Carter

Conditions not very good tonight with plenty of band noise and QSB on everyone’s signals.
On tonight’s Net were the following:-
G3ZRJ           Tony fm Pennymoor/Tiverton
G4LFU           Tony fm Penrith
M0URL           Peter fm Yateley Hants
G4MYD          Bob fm Kilkhampton Cornwall  (when called, lost Bob in band noise and QSB so no QSO)
GM0GCO       Brian fm Glasgow (Brian missed the questions again due to noise and QSB on the band)
Sent Tintwistle WX (not Costa Del Tinsle this week, high of only 23C)
Sent QTC fm Union Mag “Telegraph”
Sent TTT fm GKZ/Humberradio
Sent some mixed code
5 Questions :-
Q1 – You are QTO LZL bnd SVA where from, where to? (Burgas Bulgaria to Pireaus nr Athens)
Q2 – What stretch of water, quite deep too, between Sea of Mamara and the Black Sea   (Bosporus)
Q3 – What area was called North Levant? (area above Cyprus off the Turkish and Syrian Coasts)
Q4 – What islands, apart from Sri Lanka, are nearest to South India?               (Maldives)
Q5 – Landsendradio/GLD, got its callsign from its previous location. Where was it originally? (the Lizard)
The best answers came from Peter tonight – but I do wish the lads would have a look at their world map more often!

Net report for Thursday 2nd August from Mike Carter

Good turnout tonight with very reasonable conditions all round. A little bit of QSB but reading through it.
On tonight’s Net were the following :-
2E0CPF            Clive fm Sale Cheshire
G4EOA             Tim fm Hastings
G4LFU              Tony fm Penrith
G3ZRJ              Tony fm Pennymoor/Tiverton
G0ELZ              Bill fm Liverpool
M0BUI              Len fm Bude
G3PLE             Duke fm nr Helston
Sent QTC fm Union Mag “Telegraph”  Sent Tintwistle WX (Still “Costa del Tinsle – 30c!)
TTT fm GNF/Northforelandradio
Some mixed code
5 Questions :-
Q1 – you are QTO KFS bnd XSG where from where to? (San Francisco to Shanghai)
Q2 – If going across the Pacific on Rhumb Linefrom USA to China in good WX, what major islands due you pass? (Hawaiian Islands)
Q3 – If sailing with a Doxford engine, where would the engineers invariably come from?    (Geordies and Scots)
Q4 – What is meant by the term dunnage? (waste material used for packing cargo)
Q5 – What deep trench lies in the Pacific and how deep is it?                   (Marianas Trench, 7 miles deep!!)
Clive answered all questions correctly, this must be a record – give ‘im the money Mabel!
All answered dunnage, and most got Q1.
Memories coming back at last.

Net report for Thursday 26th July from Mike Carter

Mucho static tonight which wiped out a lot of my questions to certain lads. Signal strengths pretty good all the same.
Those on tonight’s Net, are as follows :-
G3PLE          Duke fm nr Helston Cornwall
GB0GKA      Tony fm Pennymoor/Tiverton
GW3VVL      Ken fm Crew Green Wales
G4LFU         Tony fm Penrith
G3OGP        Robin fm Billingshurst Sussex
M0URL        Peter fm Yateley Hants
G4MYD       Bob fm Kilkhampton Cornwall
Sent Tintwistle wx (Costa Del Tinsle – 33C!!)
QTC fm Union Mag “Telegraph”
TTT fm GKR/Wickradio
Some mixed code
5 Questions :-
Q1 – You are QTO LIM bnd banana port in south Wales, where from where to ?         (Puerto Limon Costa Rica to Barry)
Q2 – What was the name given to banana carrying vessels?   (Reefers)                              
Q3 – Nassau, Bahama capitol, is on what island?    (New Providence)                                                      
Q4 – With Miami to port going north, what smaller islands lay to starboard?                  (Bimini Islands)
Q5 – North of Puerto Rico, the sea is very black, why?   (very deep trench in Ocean approx 5 miles deep)                                                
                                                                                                                                       Only Bob got the correct port – Puerto Limon in Q1, and New Providence in Q3. I was struggling to hear Duke as his signal kept  shorting out, and not helped by the static! Robin also got New Providence. No one got Q4 or Q5, and yet, I bet they sailed past them like I did many moons ago!

Net report for Thursday 19th July from Mike Carter

Having some problems with my computer, hence this other method. Conditions not that good tonight but still had 8 lads call in together  With static and qsb.

On tonight’s Net were the following :-

G4KJD     Ian fm Ashill Somerset

 G3PLE     Duke fm nr Helston Cornwall

 M0BUI    Les fm Bude Cornwall

 G4MYD   Bob fm kilkhampton Cornwall

 G3OGP    Robin fm Billingshurst Sussex

 GW3VVL  Ken fm Crew Green Wales

 M0URL     Peter fm Yateley Hants

 GM0GCO  Brian fm Glasgow

 Sent Tintwistle WX  (Still Costa Del Tinsle at 27c)

QTC fm Union Mag “Telegraph”

TTT fm GKZ/Humberradio

Mixed Code

5 Questions :-

Q1 – You are QTO PZN with sugar and QTP SAG, where from where to? Suriname to Gothenburg Sweden.

Q2 – What was the old name for Guyana?            British Guiana

Q3 – What is the currency in Venezuela?               Bolivar

Q4 –  Maracaibo Lake exports what?                      Black crude oil

Q5 – The Panama Canal is under the jurisdiction of what country?  Panama

 Peter got all 5 answers right tonight, cdm and bar required!

Most got Q3 Bolivar. As Les said tonight, a bit of memory loss!!


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.