Ramona Outback Amateur Radio Society (ROARS) - N6ROR


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.  Our ROARS club logos are based on a member's well house (not an out house).  See the ROARS History page for much more information.
<=== You can quickly find information about most everything we do on this 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 follow below.  
You can 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.

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! 


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 Steve.K6SRS@gmail.com)
  1. Calendar additions made on 22 July.  See what is new.
  2. Updated several downloadable attachments at the bottom of the ROARS Bi-Weekly Net and ROARS Emergency Comm pages.  Be sure you have the current info.
  3. Posted the new dates for Kelly's ARISS of October 12-16.  See more on our ARISS page.
  4. Tyler, KG6HUF, has just installed a new 75 watt cross-band repeater for us to play with,  Good coverage down to Safari Park and east to Lake Sutherland.  Input on 443.000 mHz, PL 110.9 - Output is 146.660, no PL.

The Ultimate Mobile Ham Shack!!!!!  What is yours like?  Send your HT, mobile or shack photos to steve.k6srs@gmail.com.  We like to post them on the ROARS Member Ham Shack page.

ROARS AREA WEATHER, FIRES & other Emergencies

One of ROARS top priorities is to help our members (and others) during major local disasters.  In addition to our emergency communications net, three tools you can use anytime to better understand what is happening around us is the great SDG&E county-wide micro-weather monitoring system, strategically placed webcams and web emergency broadcast monitoring.  You can also (should also!) become a Skywarn weather spotter and report what you can see.
  1. SDG&E has 170 weather stations located along all their circuits all around San Diego county.  They use these sensors to run their own micro-climate simulations to report very localized weather, reportedly the best micro-climate system in the country.  This is an amazing tool to see local temperature, humidity, wind everywhere around the county.  Click here for the best San Diego County weather information available 24/7! To find a weather station close to you, click on the "More Data" tab at the bottom of the page.   
  2. These Webcams on Mt. Woodson, at the Ramona airport and around the county allow you to quickly see weather or fire conditions all around you:
  3. You can monitor Incident and First Responder communications in San Diego (or around the country) on the web.   Click Here for Broadcastify!
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.

ROARS Calendar:
NOTE!  Always check this calendar before each ROARS net to see what frequencies are being used.  Net Control may do something different on any net.


19    ROARS Net, 7 PM.  Net Control is Steve Stipp, KK6AHB.  Start as usual with PARC 147.130 repeater (+ offset, 107.2 PL), the ROARS 145.300 repeater (- offset, 88.5 PL) and 145.710 simplex (no PL).
22    Training time for ARISS SATCOM operators, and we need more folks able to support this.  Failure is not an option.  Joe Atilli's house (AA2IL).  Start time is 9 AM. 
26    ROARS CLUB MEETING.  In the back yard of Al Hove's home at 316 G Street.  Plenty of separation room.  Bring your mask, perhaps a chair.

      ROARS Net, 7 PM.  Net Control is Chuck Carlson, KD6RSQ 
16    ROARS Net, 7 PM.  Net Control is Chuck Carlson, KD6RSQ 
30    ROARS Net, 7 PM.  Net Control is Steve Sampson, K6SRS

      ROARS Net, 7 PM.  Net Control is John Thomas, AA6PC 
12-16 ARISS!  This is the week that Kelly and her students are scheduled to talk with the International Space Station.
21    ROARS Net, 7 PM.  Net Control is John Thomas, AA6PC   
31    Halloween

1      Daylight Savings begins
      ROARS Net, 7 PM.  Net Control is Mark Garrow, KD6WQK
7      ROARS EMCOMM Test day for coverage from Tractor Supply Company east to Julian.  Need folks to drive routes at both 5 and 50 watts.  Arrive TSC at 8 AM.  Pizza at noon. 
11    Veterans Day
18    ROARS Net, 7 PM.  Net Control is Mark Garrow, KD6WQK
26    Thanksgiving

      ROARS Net, 7 PM.  Net Control is Tyler McClain, KG6HUF
16    ROARS Net, 7 PM.  Net Control is Tyler McClain, KG6HUF
23    No ROARS meeting in December

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 typically (but see the calendar for details on each net!) start on the PARC 147.130 repeater, move to the 145.300 MHz ROARS repeater and finish on 145.710 simplex.  This is to test our ability to communicate throughout our community with and without repeaters.  Net Details here!
Who:        All licensed radio amateurs are more than welcome.  More is better.  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 (except Nov and Dec) 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 is the single most popular on-the-air event held annually in the US and Canada. On the fourth weekend of June of each year, more than 35,000 radio amateurs gather with their clubs, groups or simply with friends to operate from remote locations.  It is sponsored by the Amateur Radio Relay League (ARRL).  Field Day 2019 was held nationwide from noon to noon on June 22/23, 2019.  ROARS set up at the north side of the Chapel Lane cul-du-sac, across from CalFire station 82.  In the spirit of practicing continuous worldwide communications in a simulated emergency environment, ROARS operates on solar and battery power simulating primary power failure.

CLICK HERE for prior Field Day 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!


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