Ramona Outback Amateur Radio Society (ROARS) - N6ROR

The original - and current - ROARS club logo on the left is based on a member's well house. Another ROARS logo in the center was considered along the way (can you guess the approximate year based on the computer and printer shown?).  And courtesy of Kevin Modlin, he cleaned up the original logo that is now much sharper and sent a third logo used on our club T-Shirts.  Very nice!  Does anyone have a great candidate for a "roaring lion" logo for all of us see?  (More ROARS history is posted right here on the ROARS History page.)

There are many ways you can enjoy what ROARS offers you!  Start here on our web site: 
<=== You can quickly find everything on our 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.  It is found at the bottom of this page.
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 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.  Are you ready?


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. Trailer Update at the Feb 28 meeting.  Floors and walls are in and treated.  Tower, batteries and lights all work.  Antenna storage racks are full.  Ready for radio installation.  A complete self-contained mobile ham station from HF through UHF. 
  2. Tyler (KG6HUF) has set up a license-free solar/battery powered GMRS repeater covering Ramona.  Give it at try.  462.725 MHz, + 5 MHz, PL 110.9 
  3. ROARS is requesting a grant to help cover some of the cost of the new club communications trailer and your input is needed.  Go to the ROARS Grant Information page for a list of the questions and download the attached Word document for our draft answer.  Improve it please!

ROARS Calendar:

Apr 21:      ROARS Emergency Communications test is DONE!  With a solar powered VHF station at the club trailer and plenty of ROARS folks running mobile around the valley, we made a very good coverage map of the area.  See it at the meeting on the 25th!
Apr 25:      ROARS CLUB MEETINGPalomar Engineers will attend and talk about their many tools to reduce RFI and EMI in your ham shack, and we all have some of that.  We will also discuss the results of our Emergency Communications Plan test.
Apr 28:      A free class to upgrade from Technician to General in Kearny Mesa.  If you would like to participate, please send your call sign and FRN to K6RJF@arrl.net.
May 19:     Fry's Operating Day - and possibly showing off the club trailer.  Exhibit and station setup to be done by 7 AM.
May 23:     ROARS CLUB MEETING (Possible special guest.  Standby for details.)
Jun 23-24: ARRL FIELD DAY.  ROARS sets up just west of CalFire station 82 off Highway 67 and Dye Road.  Most preparation will be done on Friday, June 22. 
Jun 27:      No ROARS CLUB MEETING (This meeting is cancelled and will be held with Field Day activities)
Jul 4:         Assistance with security and communications at the Ramona fireworks display
TBD:         ROARS Picnic.  The summer date, even the month, isn't picked yet, but it will happen.
Oct 6:        San Diego Hamfest, Lakeside Rodeo Grounds, 12584 Mapleview Street, Lakeside CA
Oct 6:        Ramona Air Show & ROARS participation with the communications trailer - and a test of our Emergency Communications capability
Oct 20-21  Boy Scouts Jamboree-on-the-AirROARS supports this activity to create new young hams.
Dec TBD:  ROARS Christmas dinner 

Jan 20-26: Quartzfest 2019.  How is this for an early notice?
Feb 15-16: Yuma HamFest

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.

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.


Field Day was held nationwide on June 24/25, 2017, and ROARS got 1260 points.    For 2018, mark your calendars for June 23/24.  We will have the new club communications trailer, making everything easier.  Spend time running the ROARS station, and/or set up your own.

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 2017 Field Day story and photos. 

Amateur Radio Parity Act (HR 555 & S 1534):

ROARS supports this bill to give Hams more rights in HOA controlled communities.  If you're a ham fan, please contact your local Representatives and voice your support!  For more information, see our page titled Amateur Radio Parity Act.  To see the status of the House bill, click this link;  US House of Representatives Bill HR555.