Ramona Outback Amateur Radio Society (ROARS) - N6ROR


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.
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! 


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. UPDATED!  Did you know there is Amateur Radio on the International Space Station (ARISS).  Did you know ROARS & Ramona is a player?  CONGRATULATIONS to ROARS member Kelly (KM6SMW) for being selected!  Find more at the NEW link to ARISS in the navigation box on the left.
  2. Thanks to Vince Franano, Al Hove and Steve Stipp for taking Net Control for the last three months of 2019.  We are getting more and more ROARS folks comfortable with performing net control in times of need.  Our 2020 planning will begin soon.
  3. Always check the calendar for each net to see what frequencies are being tested.  We may do something different on any net.

ROARS is always working to help our members (and others) during major local disasters.  Two tools we use to understand what is happening around us are these great county-wide weather reports and Webcams.  You can also become a Skywarn weather spotter and report what you can see.
  • 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 and predict very localized weather, reportedly the best micro-climate system in the country.  This is an amazing tool to see local temperature, humidity, wind and webcams everywhere around the county.  For the best San Diego County weather information available 24/7, CLICK HERE!  To find a weather station close to you, click on the "More Data" tab at the bottom of the page.   
  • 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:

16      ROARS Net, 7 PM.  Net Control is Vince Franano, KK6ZYQ.  Start on the PARC 147.130 repeater, move to the 145.300 MHz ROARS repeater and finish on 145.710 simplex
16      Ramona Wildfire Safety Preparedness Night.  6-9 PM.  Olive Pierce Performing Arts Center, 1521 Hanson Lane, Ramona.  ROARS has been invited to have a display table.
17      Great California Shakeout (Earthquake Drill) at 10:15 AM.  If there really was an earthquake then, do you have a family plan, sufficient supplies and radios set for our emergency frequencies?  Or are you in trouble?
19      Pacificon Hamfest (SF Bay area)
19      Jamboree on the Air (JOTA).  Getting Scouts on the air.  All day at Collier Park, Ramona.  Be there and mentor scouts!
26-27 QC worldwide ham event.  Talk to the world from Steve Stipp's house.
30      ROARS Net, 7 PM.  Net Control is Steve, K6SRS.

2        HOLD THIS DATE! Possible date to practice tracking the International Space Station.
6        ARES Hospital Earthquake Drill
6        ROARS Net, 7 PM.  Net Control is Al Hove, KK6MVQ
20      ROARS Net, 7 PM.  Net Control is Al Hove, KK6MVQ
          NO ROARS CLUB MEETING in November.  Enjoy your Thanksgiving!

4        ROARS Net, 7 PM.  Net Control is Steve Stipp, KK6AHB
14      ROARS Christmas Party.  
18      ROARS Net, 7 PM.  Net Control is Steve Stipp, KK6AHB


Time to start mapping out the new year . . .  








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 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!


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