Ramona Outback Amateur Radio Society (ROARS) - N6ROR

The original ROARS club logo is based on a member's well house.  More ROARS history is 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). 
  • You can quickly find everything on our web site below or by using the Navigation shortcuts on the left.                                             
                                                       
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.  Here is a link to a Smithsonian article on Ham growth after Katrina.  At this link is a National Geographic video of what it can be like if there is a major blackout.  Are you ready?



NEWS

We will be posting new ROARS or Ham information here as we have it.  
  1. Recent web site additions - ROARS History (just updated), Member Ham Shacks and Vendor Visits
  2. How many licensed Ham operators are there in the US?  Think of a number, then look below at the "Do you want to be a Ham" section for the answer.  How did you do?
  3. HOT!  An annual Amateur Extra upgrade class for 2017 will be 30-Sep and 07-Oct - two Saturdays. The second session is immediately followed by the license examination. Those who pass the end-of-the-day exam will receive an upgrade to their amateur radio license from the FCC and gain access to HF “vip lounges” and other Amateur Extra class privileges. Note: A few hours of study and practice exams before class dramatically improves most people's ability to pass the exam. 
    Times:
    30 Sep - 9:00 AM (sharp) to about 5:00 PM for the first part of the question pool. Plan to arrive 08:45.
    07 Oct - 9:00 AM (sharp) to about 7:00 PM for the rest of the pool and exam. Plan to arrive 08:45.
    (Class time includes short hourly breaks and a 45-60 minute lunch break.)
    Location: Kearny Mesa Area (details provided later to those registered). There is no charge for the class or the exam.
    Step 1: Request registration instructions by emailing sandiegohamclasses@me.com (as we usually have more than one class open for registration, please include at least "30-Sep+07-Oct Kearny Mesa EXTRA" in the subject of your message). You will receive a reply with registration instructions and study materials to review before class. (At times, there's a large email backlog and it can take up to a week to send your instructions.)
    Step 2: Reply per the instructions to complete registration (which request your call and FRN). A prompt and complete reply is to your advantage - seats are reserved in the order replies are received. Those who do not follow instructions and register via email are ineligible to attend the class.



ROARS Calendar:

Aug 23:      PAST CLUB MEETING - Great presentation about power systems and accessories by Bioenno Power and Impulse Electronics

Sep 23: 
     ROARS PICNIC (This is in lieu of the normal monthly meeting) - Saturday, Dos Picos County Park.  Start at noon.  BBQ available.  Bring your own drinks and food.  Bring a dish to share.   
Sep 29-30: MFJ's 45 Anniversary with prizes and free factory tours.  Want to go to Mississippi?  Information and Registration is here.
Sep 30:      EXTRA Class 1.  See NEWS above.
Oct 7:         EXTRA Class 2 and Exam.  See NEWS above.
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 7-8:      Simulated Emergency Test 2017.  An annual ARRL event to sharpen your emergency communications skills.  It seems ARRL wants you to contact your section manager for more details.  Use this link to find your section.  
Oct 25:
       ROARS CLUB MEETING
Nov 4:        Technician Class held in Escondido.  To register, email sandiegohamclasses@me.com and put "Nov 4 Escondido Class" in the subject line.  If accepted, plan to arrive at 8:15 AM for an all day class and test.
Nov 22:
      NO ROARS 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:       ROARS CLUB MEETING
Feb 16-17:  Yuma Hamfest.  Yuma County Fairgrounds.  Sponsored by the Amateur Radio Council of Arizona (ARCA)
Feb 28:       ROARS CLUB MEETING



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.







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!



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 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.