Ramona Outback Amateur Radio Society (ROARS) - N6ROR

ROARS is a 501c3 Amateur Radio club located in Ramona CA and serving the rural back-country of San Diego county.  The original (and still current) ROARS club logo on the left is based on a member's well house. Another ROARS logo in the center was considered along the way (can you guess the approximate year based on the computer and printer shown?).  The right logo is used on our club shirts.  (Thanks to Kevin Modlin for sharpening our logos!)  Do you want to read more ROARS history?  It is posted here on the ROARS History page.  An application to join ROARS is one of the attachments at the bottom of this page.  Download, print and mail it in with your check, or come to a meeting.

There are many ways you can enjoy what ROARS offers you!  Start here on our web site: 
<=== You can quickly find everything on our web site by using the Navigation shortcuts on the left.  
In addition you can join our Facebook site, participate in our bi-weekly ROARS net, and attend our monthly meetings (net and meeting details are below).  You may also download a PDF file describing ROARS found at the bottom of this page.
Welcome to Ramona CA, the geographic center of San Diego county, with access to repeaters that cover most of southern California and links beyond.  This is particularly important because almost all of Ramona's commercial and emergency communications systems are located on Mt. Woodson.   Should the power on Mt. Woodson be lost (or worse) we would loose cell coverage and become isolated.  In the worst case conditions, simplex VHF/UHF and HF may be the only communications in and outside Ramona.  Are you ready? 


We will post new ROARS or Ham information here as we have it.  (If you have information or events we should share here, please email them to SRSemail@gmail.com)

  1. Trailer Update.  Floors and walls are in and treated, tower, batteries and lights all work, ready for new tires.  A complete self-contained mobile ham station from HF through UHF.  The last photo is of the first official use during our Ramona Emergency Comm Test.
  2. Added the eight escape roads out of Ramona to the Comm page.  Did you know we had eight options?
  3. Updated Calendar

ROARS Calendar:

22       Field Day Set Up starts at 5 PM.  Need all hands to make it go quickly!!  ROARS will camp at a new United Methodist Church property location just across Chapel Lane from CalFire station 82, off Highway 67 and Dye Road.  RV or tent camping welcome.  
23-24 ARRL FIELD DAY starts formally at 11 AM Saturday!  Potluck Dinner at 5 PM Saturday. Tear down begins at 11 AM Sunday.  See below for more information.
27      No ROARS CLUB MEETING (The June meeting is combined with our Field Day activities)
4         Assistance with security and communications at the Ramona fireworks display. 
       NO ROARS Net on the 4th!
7        San Diego Ham Class - Technician - Santee.  The first test using the new 2018 questions.
18      ROARS Net, W6IET
1        ROARS Net, W6IET
15      ROARS Net, W6IET
18&25San Diego Ham Class - Upgrade to Extra from General.  Two days required, Aug 18 and 25.
29      ROARS Net, W6IET
5        ROARS Net, K6SRS
19      ROARS Net, K6SRS
3        ROARS Net, K6SRS
6       San Diego Hamfest, Lakeside Rodeo Grounds, 12584 Mapleview Street, Lakeside CA
6       Ramona Air Show & ROARS participation with the communications trailer - and a test of our Emergency Communications capability
17     ROARS Net
18     The Great California Shakeout.  A state (and nationwide) earthquake response simulation.  ROARS is registered to participate for emergency communications.  Details TBD.
20-21 Boy Scouts Jamboree-on-the-AirROARS supports this activity to create new young hams.
31     ROARS Net, K6SRS
5        ROARS Net
21      ROARS Net
5        ROARS Net
TBD  ROARS Christmas dinner 
12     ROARS Net

20-26 Quartzfest 2019.  How is this for an early notice?
15-16 Yuma HamFest
22-23 FIELD DAY 2019
26      ROARS CLUB MEETING (Bet this meeting is merged with Field Day)


Field Day is held nationwide on on June 23/24, 2018.  We will have the new club communications trailer and a slightly new location across the street from the fire station, making everything easier.  
  • Where?  North side of Chapel Lane, from CalFire station 82.  (Across the street from last year's location, in a large open field.)
  • When?  Set up is Friday, 22 June from 5 PM until done.  Be there and help out!  Field Day is a 24 hour operation from 11 AM Sat to 11 AM Sun.  
  • What?  The 2018 Field Day rules are here.  Spend time running the ROARS station, and/or set up your own.  Camp on site if you can.    
  • Pot Luck dinner is at 5 PM Saturday evening.
  • Site take down starts at 11 AM Sunday.  
Chair persons are needed for committees on Food, Set up, Take Down, GOTA Station (Chris & John) and Visitors (Laura and Steve Stipp).

CLICK HERE for the 2017 Field Day story and photos. 

ROARS Bi-Weekly Net:

ROARS welcomes all amateur radio operators in the San Diego County area.  We use the net to enjoy our hobby and to practice emergency communications procedures.  It is an on-the-air social time for everyone, so join in!

When:     1st, 3rd, and 5th Wednesday of the month starting at 7 PM  (NOTE:  There will be no net on the 4th of July!)
Where:    We start on the 147.030 MHz ECRA repeater, then move to the 145.300 MHz ROARS repeaterAfter using the 145.300 repeater we will switch to 145.710 simplex (no PL) and do a roll call.  This is to test our ability to communicate when there are no repeaters available.  Net Details here!
Who:        All licensed radio amateurs are more than welcome.  Please join in!
Why:        We use this net to let everyone practice three levels of communications challenges from easy to hard.  And have fun!

For more information on all the repeaters that the ROARS club maintains, CLICK HERE.

ROARS Monthly Meeting:

ROARS meetings are held on the Fourth Wednesday of each month at the Ramona Library.  Meetings are free and open to all radio amateurs and anyone that is interested in Ham radio or SWL.  
Where:     Ramona Library Community Room, 1275 Main Street, Ramona CA
When:      4th Wednesday of each month starting at 7 PM
Who:        Everyone is invited!  Bring your family or friends!  You do not need to be a Ham.  We will help you get there.

Do YOU want to be a Ham, or learn more about the Ham world?  
Would you believe there are over 735,000 licensed ham operators in the United States, more than anytime in history?  Much of this growth seems to have started after Katrina as people needed to talk when times are bad. 
 So amateur radio is is social time, and much more.  Interested?  We have information to help you along the way.  Just CLICK HERE!

What can YOU do with Ham Radio?  Read this!


Some of the club members gathered on September 23rd for food and talk on a beautiful cool day in September.  Many world problems were solved.

Amateur Radio Parity Act (HR 555 & S 1534):

ROARS supports this bill to give Hams more rights in HOA controlled communities.  If you're a ham fan, please contact your local Representatives and voice your support!  For more information, see our page titled Amateur Radio Parity Act.  To see the status of the House bill, click this link;  US House of Representatives Bill HR555.