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 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 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! 


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 K6SRS@arrl.net)
  1. We are beginning a rotating Net Control in February.  Thanks to Philip (KI6WVV) for being the first to take over!  See the calendar and be sure you can cover your month!
  2. Online Registration is open for the Yuma Hamfest in February.  See the calendar.
  3. Here is a link to Ham Radio News.  This is worldwide Ham news updated daily.

WEATHER & FIRES

Click Here for the most detailed San Diego County micro climate animation available.   SDG&E has 170 weather stations located along all their circuits in the county, then they use these sensors run their own micro-climate simulations to report and predict very localized weather.  This is an amazing tool to see local temperature, humidity, wind and webcams everywhere around the county. 

These Webcams on Mt. Woodson and at the Ramona airport allow you to quickly see weather or fire conditions all around Ramona: 
  1. Looking north from Mt. Woodson toward Palomar Mtn.  
  2. Looking east from Mt. Woodson over Highway 67, the Ramona airport, downtown Ramona and much of the Ramona valley.  Your first place to look for smoke, fire or storms that may impact us.
  3. Looking west from Mt. Woodson over Poway and to the ocean.
  4. Looking south from Mt Woodson over Highway 67 and toward downtown San Diego
  5. Ramona Airport CalFire Attack Air Base (AAB)

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.

You can monitor Incident and First Responder communications in San Diego (or around the country) on the web.   Click Here for Broadcastify!


ROARS Calendar:

2019
February 
6        ROARS Net, 7 PM.  KI6WVV was an awesome Net Control.  Mt. Woodson proved to out perform the ECRA 030 machine, but still just barely listens to Ranchita.  More work is needed.
15-16 Yuma HamFestARRL annual southwest convention
20      ROARS Net, 7 PM.  Net Control is KI6WVV.  This net will use these three repeaters; (ECRA @ 6,000') 107.030- 103.5, (Woodson @ 2,600') 145.180- 107.2, (ROARS @ 1,400') 145.300- 88.5.  No Simplex this week.
27      ROARS CLUB MEETING.  Topics:  Election of 2019 president and secretary, Skywarn and becoming a Skywarn spotter presentation, a special prize for someone.
March 
2        Technician class and test in the Escondido area.  8:30 AM-5 PM.  To register, email SanDiegoHamClasses@ME.com. 
2        ARRL DX - International DX Phone Contest.  Click here for details. 
6        ROARS Net, 7 PM.  Net Control is KJ6TDC.
20      ROARS Net, 7 PM.  Net Control is KJ6TDC.
27      ROARS CLUB MEETING
April
3        ROARS Net, 7 PM.  Net Control is KK6AHB.
17      ROARS Net, 7 PM.  Net Control is KK6AHB.
20      ROARS Emergency Communications Test.  8 AM to Noon at the Tractor Supply parking lot.  We will test ROARS coverage at 5 watts in some more distant areas.  The more the merrier!
24      ROARS CLUB MEETING
May
1        ROARS Net, 7 PM.  Net Control is KK6IGA.
7        San Diego County Hospital Drill with ARES
15      ROARS Net, 7 PM.  Net Control is KK6IGA.
22      ROARS CLUB MEETING.  Field Day Training & Final Assignments.  (Notices sent to all the Media and Organizations.)
29      ROARS Net, 7 PM.  Net Control is K6SRS.
June
5        ROARS Net, 7 PM.  Net Control is KK6LGQ.
19      ROARS Net, 7 PM.  Net Control is KK6LGQ.
21      Field Day Equipment, Signs & Site Preparation
22-23 FIELD DAY 2019
26      ROARS CLUB MEETING (Bet this meeting is merged with Field Day)
July
3        ROARS Net, 7 PM.  Net Control is KK6WJE.
17      ROARS Net, 7 PM.  Net Control is KK6WJE.
24      ROARS CLUB MEETING
31      ROARS Net, 7 PM.  Net Control is K6SRS.
AUGUST
7        ROARS Net, 7 PM.  Net Control is KK6ZYQ.
21      ROARS Net, 7 PM.  Net Control is KK6ZYQ.
28      ROARS CLUB MEETING
SEPTEMBER
4        ROARS Net, 7 PM.  Net Control is KR6BG.
18      ROARS Net, 7 PM.  Net Control is KR6BG.
25      ROARS CLUB MEETING
OCTOBER
2        ROARS Net, 7 PM.  Net Control is W6IET.
16      ROARS Net, 7 PM.  Net Control is W6IET.
17      Great California Shakeout (Earthquake Drill)
23      ROARS CLUB MEETING
30      ROARS Net, 7 PM.  Net Control is K6SRS.
NOVEMBER
6        ROARS Net, 7 PM.  Net Control is ???
20      ROARS Net, 7 PM.  Net Control is ???
27      ROARS CLUB MEETING
DECEMBER
4        ROARS Net, 7 PM.  Net Control is ???
18      ROARS Net, 7 PM.  Net Control is ???
TBD   ROARS Christmas Party

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 start on the 147.030 MHz ECRA 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 2019 will be held nationwide from noon to noon on June 22/23, 2019.  Our club communications trailer, tents and public tours will be across the street from the fire station (same as last year).  
A great Pot Luck dinner will be Saturday evening.  Site take down after noon on Sunday.  




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.