Ramona Outback Amateur Radio Society (ROARS) - N6ROR


ROARS 

ROARS is a 501(c)(3) Amateur Radio club established in 1989, headquartered in Ramona CA and serving the rural back-country of San Diego county.  The original and still current ROARS club logo is based on a member's well house.  The second logo is used on our club shirts.  
See the ROARS History page for much more information.
<=== You can quickly find information about most everything we do on our ROARS 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 and print a PDF file describing ROARS and an application to join ROARS.  Both attachments are listed at the bottom of this page.  Mail the application in with your check, or better yet, come to a meeting.
                
                         
RAMONA                                                       
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 or systems on Mt. Woodson be lost, we would loose cell coverage and more, becoming highly isolated.  In the worst case conditions, Amateurs with their HF/VHF/UHF radios may be the only communications in and outside Ramona.  ROARS wants to help you be ready for this! 


WEATHER & FIRES

You can quickly see weather or fire conditions all around Ramona from these Webcams on Mt. Woodson and at the Ramona airport.  
  1. Looking north from Mt. Woodson toward Palomar Mtn.  
  2. Looking east from Mt. Woodson over Highway 67, the Ramona airport, downtown Ramona and much of the Ramona valley.  Your first place to look for smoke, fire or storms that may impact us.
  3. Looking west from Mt. Woodson over Poway and to the ocean.
  4. Looking south from Mt Woodson over Highway 67 and toward downtown San Diego
  5. Ramona Airport CalFire Attack Air Base (AAB)
Click Here for the most detailed SD County micro climate animation available.   SDG&E has 170 weather stations located along all their circuits in the county, then they run their own micro-climate simulations to report and predict very localized weather.  This is an amazing tool to see local temperature, humidity, wind and webcams everywhere around the county. 

As a Ham, you can be an official "Skywarn" weather reporter of your weather and conditions for the National Weather Service, a great service for the Ramona community.  The details on how to do this are on our Skywarn Page.

You can monitor Incident and First Responder communications in San Diego (or around the country) on the web.   Click Here for Broadcastify!


NEWS

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 K6SRS@arrl.net)
  1. Here is a link to Ham Radio News.  This is worldwide Ham news updated daily.
  2. During the ROARS net on Sep 19 we used the Woodson repeater on 145.180, our ROARS emergency backup for the 030 machine.  It is not an ideal repeater because there is another repeater sharing the frequency.  Please program in a 107.2 tone squelch to use it.
  3. The ROARS trailer and display at the Ramona Air Show was very popular, perhaps a record number of interested guests.  Thanks to the ROARS members that helped out!

ROARS Calendar:

2018
October
18     The Great California Shakeout.  A state (and nationwide) earthquake response simulation.  ROARS is registered to participate for emergency communications.  All we will do is hold a simplex net on 145.710 at 10:18 AM.  If you can join, great!  It will just take a few minutes.
20     Provide communications support for Operation Desert Fun with HQ at the Blu Inn near Ocotillo Wells.  If you are going and VHF equipped, let them know at registration.  They will be on the 146.670 Imperial County repeater.
20     Boy Scouts Jamboree-on-the-AirROARS supports this activity to create new young hams.  Location is Collier Park.  Setup at 0730.  On the air at 0800.  All ROARS members invited.
24     ROARS CLUB MEETING.  Join us for a talk by Dave Kaltenborn, N8KBC, our ARRL Section Manager.
31     ROARS Net
November
5       ROARS Net
17     Operating Day at Fry's on 9825 Stonecrest Blvd, San Diego, CA 92123
21     ROARS Net
28     ROARS CLUB MEETING
December
5       ROARS Net
TBD  ROARS Christmas dinner 
12     ROARS Net

2019
January 
20-26 Quartzfest 2019.  A week-long Ham radio, camping, living and learning event in the desert south of Quartszite AZ. 
23      ROARS CLUB MEETING.  Likely topic is Skywarn, and being a Skywarn spotter.
Feburary
March 
27      ROARS CLUB MEETING
April
24      ROARS CLUB MEETING
May
22      ROARS CLUB MEETING
June
22-23 FIELD DAY 2019
26      ROARS CLUB MEETING (Bet this meeting is merged with Field Day)
July
24      ROARS CLUB MEETING

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 
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.






FIELD DAY:

Field Day 2018 was held nationwide on on June 23/24, 2018.  Our new club communications trailer and a slightly new location across the street from the fire station made everything easier and drew a good crowd.  
  • 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 was Friday, 22 June.  Steve Stipp spent most of the day working setup.  A few others showed up later.  Enough to get it done, but more would add to the fun.  
A great Pot Luck dinner was Saturday evening.  Site take down took only 90 minutes on Sunday.  




CLICK HERE for the 2017 Field Day story and photos. 


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. Here is a link to a Smithsonian article on Ham growth after Katrina.  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!



ROARS PICNIC

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.