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 first, original and still current ROARS club logo is based on a member's well house.  The second logo is used on our club shirts.  (Thanks to Kevin Modlin for sharpening our logos!)  More ROARS history is posted here on the ROARS History page. 

<=== 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 a PDF file describing ROARS and an application to join ROARS, both attachments at the bottom of this page.  Download and print.  Mail the applications in with your check, or 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 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? 

You can quickly see weather conditions all around Ramona from these web cams on Mt. Woodson, the Ramona airport and around the county.  For many other web cams, SDG&E weather reporting stations and an amazing micro climate animation, look at the NOTES at the bottom of our Skywarn page.


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. We understand SDG&E will be replacing wood power poles with metal poles on Palomar Mtn soon.  This may impact Palomar repeaters.  
  2. Added more links under the "Helpful Links for Hams" page.  It's up to you to figure out what is new.
  3. Added the latest version of the "Running a ROARS Emergency Net" as a downloadable PDF file to the bottom of the ROARS Emergency Communications page.  Go get it!  Also made many small changes to the page including listing high elevator points for emergency communications along several exit routes.
  4. HOT!  The ECRA Palomar 030 repeater we use for our nets has been moved and no longer touches our members in Ranchita (and perhaps elsewhere).  If we decide to select a different repeater, it must have wide San Diego county coverage as well as good coverage east of Ramona to Julian and Ranchita.  What are the best options?  Please run a comm check on repeaters you think may work and bring a list to the next ROARS meeting. 

ROARS Calendar:

24     ICOM-DSTAR-Zum Radio dinner at Fillippi's near HRO.  45 seat limit and you must pay in advance on the PAPA Systems web site.  Click Here for details and registration.
25     Annual HRO Ham Radio Swap Meet from 8 AM to 2 PM at HRO, Kearny Mesa.  Contact HRO to sell, bring money to buy.
26     Light Up 2 Meters Night.  7-9 PM.  Click here for details.
29     ROARS Net, W6IET net control
5       ROARS Net, K6SRS net control
15     ROARS PICNIC, CLUB MEETING and transmitter hunt (bring your HT) at Dos Picos County Park.  The club will provide hamburgers and hot dogs.   Bring a dish to share and your drinks.  Talk-in freq 145.710. 
19     ROARS Net
3       ROARS Net
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     Possibly provide communications support for Operation Desert Fun with HQ at the Blu Inn near Ocotillo Wells.
20     Boy Scouts Jamboree-on-the-AirROARS supports this activity to create new young hams.  Location is Collier Park.
24     ROARS CLUB MEETING.  Presentation on using the 6 meter band by Joe/HRO.
31     ROARS Net
5       ROARS Net
21     ROARS Net
5       ROARS Net
TBD  ROARS Christmas dinner 
12     ROARS Net

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.
22-23 FIELD DAY 2019
26      ROARS CLUB MEETING (Bet this meeting is merged with Field Day)


Field Day 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. 

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.