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 Steve.K6SRS@gmail.com)
  1. Amateur Radio is on the International Space Station (ARISS) and ROARS & Ramona is a player!  ROARS member Kelly (KM6SMW) was one of the few teachers selected to put her students on the air!  Three articles about this event are now hosted on our ARISS page for you to download and read.  Find these and more at the NEW link to ARISS in the navigation box on the left.
  2. We are getting more and more ROARS folks comfortable with performing net control in times of need.  THANKS to all the ROARS folks that made our 2019 nets "sing".
  3. Always check the calendar for each ROARS net to see what frequencies are being tested.  We may do something different on any net.
WEATHER & FIRES

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:
 
2019

DECEMBER
14      8 AM ARES Meeting (Winlink on-air demonstrations, POC Mike AJ6GK).  Winlink seems to be the standard for digital emergency comm.  All might be interested in this.  Sharp Spectrum, 8520 Tech Way, CA 92123 (in Kearny Mesa, near HRO)  
14      ROARS Christmas Party at the El Michoacan starting at 5 PM.  Besides fine folks, food and frolicking (keep that frolicking in good taste!), Santa would be happy if you also paid your 2020 ROARS dues.
18      ROARS Net, 7 PM.  Net Control is Steve Stipp, KK6AHB.  Unless there is an emergency, follow the usual three stages; PARC 147.130 (+ 107.2 PL), ROARS 145.300 (- 88.5 PL), then 145.710 simplex (no PL).


2020

JANUARY
1      ROARS Net, 7 PM.  Net Control is Jim Cammarano, KG6R
15    ROARS Net, 7 PM.  Net Control is Jim Cammarano, KG6R
19-25  QuartzFest, the annual desert Ham camp out south of Quartzite AZ.
22    ROARS CLUB MEETING.  The first of 2020.  What will we be doing?
29    ROARS Net, 7 PM.  Net Control is Net Control is Steve Sampson, K6SRS

FEBRUARY
5      ROARS Net, 7 PM.  Net Control is Kelly Cammarano, KM6SMW
14-15  Yuma HamFest, the annual Ham gathering and swap meet in Yuma AZ
19   ROARS Net, 7 PM.  Net Control is Kelly Cammarano, KM6SMW
26   ROARS CLUB MEETING.  

MARCH


APRIL


MAY
5-9    Our tentative week for making ISS contact with Cammarano (KMSMW) and the Ramona Lutheran Christian School.  Details are on our ARISS page

JUNE


JULY


AUGUST





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:

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!



ROARS PICNIC

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