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 12th September 2019

Strange evening regarding signal strengths. At first everyone was way down, then halfway through, signals increased dramatically. Nice change.
On tonight’s Net were the following :-
G4KJD           Ian fm Ashill Somerset
G3ZRJ           Tony fm Pennymoor/Tiverton  (No reply when called so presume rig problem)
G4EOA          Tim fm Hastings
G0CHV          Mike fm Morecambe
M0URL          Peter fm Yateley Hants
At the end of Net EI0CZ    Brendan fm Clonlara came on and gave his WX
Also, PA3KG   Tiel ROA Dutch member came on – been monitoring and will come on fully next week.
Sent SK QTC re David Oakden passing over the bar. Very sad news indeed.
Sent Tintwistle WX
Sent QTC fm Union Mag “Telegraph”
Sent some mixed Code
Sent TTT fm GPK
3 questions :-
Q1 – You are QTO SAG bnd XSG where from, where to?  (Gothenburg to Shanghai)
Q2 – Name a greek tanker company when we were at sea?  (eg Niarcos, Onassis)
Q3 – When did Marconi come into the 20th century and start producing AC gear?     (Mid to late 70’s)
Some good answers tonight but no one new Q3.

Net Report for 5th September 2019

Conditions mixed tonightCould hardly hear the Irish lads at first, but they came in at the end as it went darker.


On tonight’s Net were the following :-
G4EOA          Tim fm Hastings
M0BUI           Les fm Bude
G4LFU           Tony fm Penrith
G3ZRJ            Tony fm Pennymoor/Tiverton
GW3VVL        Ken fm Crew Green Wales
M0URL          Peter fm Yateley Hants
G4KJD            Ian fm Ashill Somerset
EI5CA            Tom fm Shannon
Ei3ER            Tom fm Galway   (came on right at the end of Net due conditions)
Sent Tintwistle WX
Sent QTC fm Union Mag “Telegraph”
Sent TTT Nav Warning fm GPK
Sent some mixed code
3 Questions :-

Q1 – Your are QTO ZSC bnd VCS where from, where to?             (Capetown to Halifax Nova Scotia)


Q2 – Name a fruit shipping company serving UK from Commonwealth Countries pre EU?  (Fyffes, Geest, Shaw Saville, New Zealand Shipping, City Line, Saf Marine etc)


Q3 – If you cannot traverse the Suez Canal, how much longer to the Uk does it take if via the Cape?  (approx 1 month extra, but if slow steaming to conserve bunker fuel, anything up to 8 weeks or so)
Some very good answers tonight, very pleased  with the memory banks of the lads.

Net Report for 28th August 2019

On tonight’s Net were the following :-
GW3VVL            Ken fm Crew Green Wales
G4EOA              Tim fm Hastings
G3ZRJ               Tony fm Pennymoor/Tiverton
GM0GCO          Brian fm Glasgow
M0URL             Peter fm Yately Hants
EI5CA               Tom fm Shannon   (big struggle to hear him  QRN and QSB)
G3OGP             Robin fm Billingshurst
G0CHV              Mike fm Morecambe
EI3ER                Tom fm Galway
2E0CPF             Clive fm Sale Cheshire (hard to read due being too close and QRN)
Very noisy on the band tonight, so weaker signals difficult to read.  (bottom of the sun cycle)
Sent Tintwistle WX
Sent QTC fm Union Mag “Telegraph”
Sent some mixed code
3 Questions :-
Q1 – You are QTO PPR bnd 9GA   (Rio de Janeiro to Takoradi Ghana)
Q2 – On tankers, deck pipes ended up for shore-side connection. What was the connection called?   (Manifold)
Q3 – Approx what year was the Suez Canal dredged and widened/deepened and a north channel started?  (1980)
Not the best of answers tonight as a lot thought Q1 was bnd Lagos  (callsign 5OW)
Net report for Thursday 15th August from Mike Carter
On tonight’s Net were the following :-
GW3VVL           Ken fm Crew Green Wales
G3ZRJ              Tony fm Pennymoor/Tiverton
G4EOA             Tim fm Hastings
G3YQD             Dave fm Sale Cheshire
Sent Tintwistle WX.
Sent QTC fm Union Mag “Telegraph”
Sent some mixed code
3 Questions :-
Q1 – You are QTO PZN bnd 9YL where from, where to? (Surinam to Trinidad)
Q2 – Name the sea between Iceland and Greenland?  (Denmark Strait)
Q3 – What other morse code was prevalent when we were at sea?    (Japanese morse)
Some good answers tonight. Hope there is a better turnout next week. Perhaps it is holidays for some.

Net report for Thursday 8th August from Mike Carter

On tonight’s Net there was a lot of QSB, and early on, signals were down at my end. They got better as time ran on.
On tonight’s Net were the following :-
G4EOA           Tim fm Hastings
G3OGP           Robin fm Billingshurst Sussex
GW3VVL         Ken fm Crew green Wales
G4LFU            Tony fm Penrith
G0CHV           Mike fm Morecambe
M0URL           Peter fm Yateley Hants
GM0GCO       Brian fm Glasgow
Sent Tintwistle WX top Temp 26C!
Sent QTC fm Union Mag “Telegraph”
Sent some mixed code
Sent 3 questions :-
Q1 – What was the emission type on MF eg. 500 kc/s later than MCW?                    (A2H eg IMR TX’s 1400/1600)
Q2 – How many feet in a statute mile?                                                                      (5280 feet)
Q3 – The radio surveyor was all powerful. Anybody had the ship’s sailing time postponed due to equipment failure etc.?
Most put answer for Q1 as A1A which is still CW with no modulation of sorts. The rest of the answers were fine. A2 used to be MCW, so A2H was the SSB version coming out much later, with a far bigger punch on 500 kc/s.
Conditions improved by the near end of the Net, most lads getting up to 599 or thereabouts.

Net report for Thursday 1st August from Mike Carter

Conditions a lot better tonight although some QSB on signals from the lads.
On tonight’s Net were the following :-
GM0GCO         Brian fm Glasgow
GW3VVL          Ken fm Crew Green Wales
M0BUI              Les fm Bude
G3ZRJ              Tony fm Pennymoor/Tiverton
G4EOA             Tim fm Hastings
M0URL             Peter fm Yateley Hants
Sent Tintwistle WX Top Temp 25C
Sent QTC fm Union Mag “Telegraph”
Sent some mixed code
3 Questions :-
Q1 – You are QTO LPD bnd PZN where from, where to? (Buenos Aires to Suriname/Paramaribo)
Q2 – What is attached to the anchor chain other than the anchor?  (Windlass)
Q3 – How long in feet is a nautical mile?   (6076 feeet)
Some good answers but also Q1 and Q2 tripped some up. Memories fading a little I suspect.

Net report for Thursday 25th July from Robin Powell

Conditions tonight were very noisy due to heavy QRN

On tonight’s net were

G4EOA          Tim from Hastings

G4KJD                   Ian from Ashill

G3ZRJ                    Tony from Pennymoor

G3PLE                   Duke from Helston

M0URL                 Peter from Yately

G0CHV                 Mike from Morecombe

2E0CPF                 Clive from Sale

Sent WX from Billingshurst

Sent QTC from “Making a Career in Marine Radio”

Sent Mixed code

3  Questions

Q1          You are QTO LPD bound 6VA where from and to?  (Buenos Aires to Dakar Senegal)

Q2          What is the maximum CW speed to be used for Distress Traffic?  (16wpm)

Q3          What frequency in the 8mHz band was used for distress and survival communications with Aircraft? (8364 kHz)

Good answers tonight with most getting at least 2 correct.

 Net report for 18th July from Mike Carter

Better conditions tonight compared with other weeks, so a very nice change.
On tonight’s Net were the following :-
G4KJD        Ian fm ashill somerset
G3ZRJ        Tony fm Pennymoor/Tiverton
GW3VVL     Ken fm Crew Green Wales
G3OGP       Robin fm Billingshurst Sussex
2E0CPF      Clive fm Sale Cheshire
Sent Tintwistle WX
Sent QTC fm Union Mag “Telegraph”
Sent some mixed code
3 Questions :-
Q1 – You are QTO Dan bnd SUP where from, where to? (Hamburg or German port to Port Said)
Q2 – What was the length of articles you signed when boarding ship?    ( 2 years)
Q3 – Regarding bunkers burned aboard, how much more bunkers did a steamship burn compared with a motorship?                                                                                            (more than double the amount)