Ramona Outback Amateur Radio Society (ROARS) - N6ROR

The original ROARS club logo is based on a member's well house.  As we find more about ROARS history, it will be posted (this is amazing) right here on the ROARS History page. 
There are many ways you can enjoy what ROARS offers you; here on our web site, joining our Facebook site (click here for ROARS Facebook), participating in our bi-weekly ROARS net, or by attending our monthly meetings (net and meeting details are below).  
                                          
                                                       
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 be lost there (or worse) we would be isolated.  Our access to other VHF/UHF repeaters and HF systems will be our only way to stay in touch with the outside world.  At this link is a National Geographic video of what it can be like if there is a major blackout.  Are you ready?


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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:    Start on the ECRA 147.030 MHz repeater, then we move to the ROARS repeater, 145.300 MHz.  Net Details here!
Who:        All licensed radio amateurs are more than welcome.  Please join in!
Why:        Fun and practice

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.








ROARS Calendar:

Jul 26:    PAST MEETING - 
Field Day results, pictures, videos and discussion.  (We had a record turnout at this meeting, and congratulations to Chris Yanez who got a special reward from Steve Stipp - left to right in photo - for his determination to make the field day balloon antenna work.)

Aug 23:      CLUB MEETING - Presentation about many great Ham accessories by Impulse Electronics
Aug 26:      Hamboree and Swapmeet at HRO, including a no-host dinner.  See our Facebook site for the flyer.
Sep 15-17: Hamcom 2017.  ARRL Southwest Division event.  Marriott Redondo Beach, Torrance CA
Sep 23: 
     ROARS PICNIC - On a Saturday.  This is in lieu of the normal monthly meeting.   
Oct 7:         Ramona Airport Open House (the club will have a station set up)
Oct 7:         San Diego Hamfest.  7 AM-3 PM at Lakeside Rodeo Grounds.
Oct 25:
       CLUB MEETING - Possible presentation by HRO.
Nov:           No Club Meeting.  Too close to Thanksgiving.
Dec XX:     ROARS Christmas Dinner in lieu of meeting.  Details TBD.
2018
Jan 21-27:  Quartzfest.  This week-long ARRL sponsored Hamfest is outside Quartzsite, AZ
Jan 24:       CLUB MEETING
Feb 16-17:  Yuma Hamfest.  Yuma County Fairgrounds
Feb 28:       CLUB MEETING


Ramona's Fireworks were Great!

A few ROARS members provided safety support for the 4th of July show.  Thanks to Don Scott for spearheading this!

















FIELD DAY:

Field Day was held nationwide on June 24/25, 2017, and ROARS got 1260 points.    

We all owe our club President, Steve Stipp (KK6AHB), a huge THANK YOU for making the arrangements, storing and bringing most of the hardware, and being the Spark Plug for the entire event!  
CLICK HERE for the story and photos. 











NEWS:

HR 555 - the "Amateur Radio Parity Act of 2017"

"I am writing to you today because we are at a crossroad in our efforts to obtain passage of The Amateur Radio Parity Act.
Our legislative efforts scored a major victory in our campaign when The Amateur Radio Parity Act, S. 1534 now moves to the Senate, where we need every Senator to approve the bill.  This is the companion Bill to H.R. 555, which passed in the House of Representatives in January.
You are one of over 730,000 licensed Amateur Radio Operators living in the United States.  Many of you already live in deed-restricted communities, and that number grows daily.
 
NOW IS THE TIME FOR ALL HAMS TO GET INVOLVED IN THE PROCESS!
•       If you want to have effective outdoor antennas but are not currently allowed to do so by your Home Owner’s Association, SEND THESE EMAILS TODAY!! 
•       If you already have outdoor antennas, but want to support your fellow hams, SEND THESE EMAILS TODAY!!
•       If you want to preserve your ability to install effective outdoor antennas on property that you own, SEND THESE EMAILS TODAY!!
 
We need you to reach out to your Senators TODAY!  Right away.  Please go to this linked website and follow the prompts:  SEND AN EMAIL/LETTER EASILY AT THIS LINK!   
 
Based on feedback I’ve received, it seems to me that some members still don’t fully understand certain features of the Amateur Radio Parity Act (ARPA) and what it is meant to do. To make things clearer, we have developed an FAQ in the format of questions and answers. Please take a few minutes and read the FAQ to learn more about the ARPA.  Here is the direct link:  http://www.arrl.org/files/file/Regulatory/The%20Amateur%20Radio%20Parity%20Act%20FAQ.pdf

Here is another link with additional information:  http://www.arrl.org/amateur-radio-parity-act

Thanks. Let’s keep the effort moving!

73,
Rick - K5UR
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Rick Roderick, K5UR
President
ARRL - The national association for Amateur Radio®



ROARS supports the US House of Representatives HR555.  If you're a ham fan, please contact your local Representatives and voice your support!  TO STAY UP ON THE BILLS PROGRESS, PLEASE CHECK OUT THIS WEBSITE.   HR 555