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.  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.
                
                         
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! 










ROARS 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 Steve.K6SRS@gmail.com)
  1. We are adding photos of member Ham Shacks (or mobiles, HTs, etc. to the web site as you send them to me.
  2. All ROARS April face-to-face events are cancelled!  We will hold the ROARS nets AND an on-the-air monthly meeting on the 22nd..  The May 2 Ramona parade with ROARS trailer is also cancelled. 
  3. Replaced the ROARS emergency net Quick Start guide (an attachment at the bottom of the Emergency Communications Plan page) with corrected frequencies.  You should download and print the 1-13-2020 version now. 
  4. NOTE!  Always check the calendar for each ROARS net to see what frequencies are being tested.  We may do something different on any net.

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:
 
2020

APRIL
12    Easter
15    ROARS Net, 7 PM.  Net Control is Steve Sampson, K6SRS.  The usual PARC 147.130 repeater (+ offset, 107.2 PL), the ROARS 145.300 repeater (- offset, 88.5 PL) and finally 145.710 simplex (no PL). 
18    Cancelled - All ROARS ARISS activities have been postponed to later in the year!  Group gatherings to do all this just aren't possible.
22    Modified - ROARS CLUB MEETING.  Since we can't meet face-to-face, our meeting will be held on-the-air only on the ROARS Ramona repeater (145.300 MHz - 88.5 PL) starting at 7 PM.  Net Control is our Prez, KK6AHB.  Join in for this great experiment!

MAY
2      Cancelled! - Ramona Main Street Parade .  
6      ROARS Net, 7 PM.  Net Control is 
20    ROARS Net, 7 PM.  Net Control is 
27    ROARS CLUB MEETING.  

JUNE
3      ROARS Net, 7 PM.  Net Control is Net Control is Kelly Cammarano, KM6SMW
17    ROARS Net, 7 PM.  Net Control is Net Control is Kelly Cammarano, KM6SMW
25    ROARS CLUB MEETING.  
27-28  Field Day 2020

JULY
     ROARS Net, 7 PM.  Net Control is 
4      Independence Day!
15    ROARS Net, 7 PM.  Net Control is 
29    ROARS CLUB MEETING.  

AUGUST
     ROARS Net, 7 PM.  Net Control is 
19    ROARS Net, 7 PM.  Net Control is 
26    ROARS CLUB MEETING.  

SEPTEMBER
      ROARS Net, 7 PM.  Net Control is 
16    ROARS Net, 7 PM.  Net Control is 
23    ROARS CLUB MEETING.
30    ROARS Net, 7 PM.  Net Control is 

OCTOBER
3      Ramona Airport Fair and Fly In.  ROARS will be there.
      ROARS Net, 7 PM.  Net Control is 
21    ROARS Net, 7 PM.  Net Control is 
28    ROARS CLUB MEETING.
31    Halloween

NOVEMBER
1      Daylight Savings begins
      ROARS Net, 7 PM.  Net Control is John German, W6IET
11    Veterans Day
18    ROARS Net, 7 PM.  Net Control is John German, W6IET
25    ROARS CLUB MEETING.
26    Thanksgiving

DECEMBER
      ROARS Net, 7 PM.  Net Control is 
16    ROARS Net, 7 PM.  Net Control is 
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:

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!



ROARS PICNIC

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