Ramona outback amateur radio society

Your source of ham radio fun, learning, and emergency communications from Mt. Woodson east to Julian and Ranchita.  

Join us on our Wednesday nets or at our monthly meetings.  See the ROARS News, Facebook Groups link, and the activity calendar below.

Winter Field DAy ~ Take the survey!!


We post new ROARS or Ham information here as we have it. 

2023/24 upcoming events:



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) that was truly the location of the club's first repeater.  See the ROARS History page for much more information.

You can quickly find information about most everything we do on this ROARS web site by clicking items on the Table of Contents on the left or click the "three lines icon" at the top left corner of the screen.  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! 

ROARS AREA WEATHER, FIRES & other Emergencies

One of ROARS top priorities is to help our members (and others) during major local disasters.  In addition to our emergency communications net, three tools below can help you anytime to better understand what is happening around us; An SDG&E county-wide micro-weather monitoring system, strategically placed webcams around the county and web emergency broadcast monitoring.  You can also become a Skywarn weather spotter and report local events that you can see.

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.

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!

For more information on all the repeaters that the ROARS club maintains, CLICK HERE.

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!

ROARS Monthly Meeting:

ROARS meetings are held on the Fourth Wednesday of each month.  PLEASE check the calendar above for the location each month.  Meetings are free and open to all radio amateurs and anyone that is interested in Ham radio or SWL.  

Where:     Usually held at the Ramona library, BUT see the calendar to confirm location!

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).  There is also a Winter Field Day each year.  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 Field Day photos. 


Club members gather annually for food and talk on a beautiful cool day.  Many world problems are solved.  There is often also a hidden transmitter you can try to hunt down, so bring a HT radio and DF antenna if you have one.