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Re: RaDAR Challenge - November 7th, 2020

Thomas Robinson
 

Hi Andy.  Sorry I missed you on Saturday.  Early in the day I checked your RBN spot.  I saw your speed was way above my capability,  but we could try again next time you are out.  If CW about 10WPM please :-)

Cheers, Tom G0SBW


Re: RaDAR Challenge - November 7th, 2020

Thomas Robinson
 

Well done Mark.  I thought I would follow you on RBN and try for a QSO.  Unfortunately I could not remember/find your callsign, so that did not work out.

Very nice article on the Wainwright's page!

Please drop a line to this RaDAR page next time you are out (SOTA or otherwise) and I will try again for a QSO

Tom G0SBW


Re: RaDAR Challenge - November 7th, 2020

Mark Wickens
 

I enjoyed my first radar challenge, but didn't read the rules properly and so didn't optimize my points for sure!

I have written up my radio activities for the day here.

I have pasted my log below, but I didn't add up the points. I think I have 5 points for the first deployment, 0 for deployment 2 (not enough QSOs) and 0 for deployment 3 (not enough QSOs). However I did get a same continent RaDAR to RaDAR with Andy above, so that is 5 extra points. Not sure whether that 5 points is included in the multiplier. if it is then I think I have 10 x 3 (bonus for walking) = 30 points, otherwise I have 25 points (5x3)+5.

Would be great if someone could clarify this, before I send off my log sheet.
Also great to hear if anyone else ventured out and how they got on.

Regards, Mark. M0NOM


Re: RaDAR Challenge - November 7th, 2020

dl2dve@...
 

Hi all,

have just sent my log to Eddie, here is the short report:

For the 7.Nov 2020 challenge I decided to walk, and selected a few places beforehand close to my QTH. Main target was to contact other RaDAR operators and to try R2R DX, so I took with me not only the IC-706 (100W) and the 2m long (high) Vertical, but also the 10m long vertical EFHW for 20m with a 12m mast. Spent quite some time to figure out how to contact M0NOM after I left house without e-mail…   Finally we got a very nice R2R QSO on 20m SSB.  Could hear N4KGL on 14.062 with 229…339 with the short antenna – this motivated me to assemble the large one. It was my priority so I gave up to walk to the 3rd site.  But could not copy Greg at his 2nd stop on 20m SSB as there was European QRM.  Have two sites activated (less than my plan), but the main target R2R was achieved, with Mark M0NOM/P.  Temp was 5 deg C, no rain.

 

Overall 2 deployments with 14 QSOs - 40m CW, 20m CW and SSB, 2m FM, one EU-R2R and one DX-Contact to US - it was fun !   73 andy DL2DVE


Re: N4KGL's RaDAR Challenge Plans Saturday 11/7

dl2dve@...
 

Hi Greg,

 

Would be awesome to work you, probably a real challenge. Will check the RBN.  Have made a test-set-up of a  20m end-fed vertical on a 12m mast today, works well.  Probably need to shift my operating time a bit later than intended, it gets already dark here at 16.00 UTC. 

 

73 andy DL2DVE

 

Von: RaDAR@groups.io [mailto:RaDAR@groups.io] Im Auftrag von Greg Lane
Gesendet: Freitag, 6. November 2020 17:01
An: RaDAR@groups.io
Betreff: [RaDAR] N4KGL's RaDAR Challenge Plans Saturday 11/7

 

Hey folks,

 

My four-hour window for the challenge will start between 1500 to 1600 UTC, 9 to 10 am CST. The venue will be at St. Andrews State Park near Panama City, FL. I plan to take advantage of the saltwater effect on the Grand Lagoon on the Northside.  There are a picnic table and a pier right on the saltwater. It will be any which way I can to get five contacts to allow me to move to the next stop. Dennis WA6QKN will assist.  I'll be riding my bike two kilometers between stops.

 

My rig will be the Icom 705 and the Alexloop. I will check the high bands for intercontinental RaDAR DX. Eddie ZS6BNE, I see on VOACap there might be a path to South Africa on 10 meters. I do like 17 meters for RaDAR in particular 18.157.5 USB. On CW, I'll try 14.061,18.071, 21.061, and 28.061. Look for me on RBN or Ham Alert. The park is POTA K-1917. Check for my spots at https://pota.us/#/.  I will also be looking for local contacts on HF and two meters FM on 146.565 simplex. I'll give updates on the local 145.210 repeater. Note, I would like your six-digit or more grid square in the exchange. 

 

RaDAR is Rapid Deployment Amateur Radio founded by Eddie ZS6BNE in South Africa. See the RaDAR Challenge rules at http://radarops.co.za/index.php/radar-rules/  Go out portable and give RaDAR a try or chase us RaDAR ops. RaDAR to RaDAR is an exciting goal.

 

Good Luck and be safe,

 

Greg N4KGL

 

 

 

 


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Re: RaDAR Challenge - November 7th, 2020

dl2dve@...
 

Hi Mark,

 

Would be great to have a RaDAR 2 RaDAR QSO with you – what time and mode do you plan to activate ?   Would check the SOTA Watch – what is your callsign ?  73 andy DL2DVE

 

Von: RaDAR@groups.io [mailto:RaDAR@groups.io] Im Auftrag von Mark Wickens
Gesendet: Freitag, 6. November 2020 13:05
An: RaDAR@groups.io
Betreff: Re: [RaDAR] RaDAR Challenge - November 7th, 2020

 

I am planning on walking to a SOTA summit from my house tomorrow, and may well have my first attempt at the RADAR challenge with stops on the way and back. The summit is on the other side of Lake Windermere which means I have to take a ferry as a foot passenger there and back. Probably quite unique!

I will be using an FT-817 with SOTABeams Quad-band dipole on a 6m lightweight mast. 40m will probably be my go-to band.

Regards, Mark.


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N4KGL's RaDAR Challenge Plans Saturday 11/7

Greg Lane
 

Hey folks,

My four-hour window for the challenge will start between 1500 to 1600 UTC, 9 to 10 am CST. The venue will be at St. Andrews State Park near Panama City, FL. I plan to take advantage of the saltwater effect on the Grand Lagoon on the Northside.  There are a picnic table and a pier right on the saltwater. It will be any which way I can to get five contacts to allow me to move to the next stop. Dennis WA6QKN will assist.  I'll be riding my bike two kilometers between stops.

My rig will be the Icom 705 and the Alexloop. I will check the high bands for intercontinental RaDAR DX. Eddie ZS6BNE, I see on VOACap there might be a path to South Africa on 10 meters. I do like 17 meters for RaDAR in particular 18.157.5 USB. On CW, I'll try 14.061,18.071, 21.061, and 28.061. Look for me on RBN or Ham Alert. The park is POTA K-1917. Check for my spots at https://pota.us/#/.  I will also be looking for local contacts on HF and two meters FM on 146.565 simplex. I'll give updates on the local 145.210 repeater. Note, I would like your six-digit or more grid square in the exchange. 

RaDAR is Rapid Deployment Amateur Radio founded by Eddie ZS6BNE in South Africa. See the RaDAR Challenge rules at http://radarops.co.za/index.php/radar-rules/  Go out portable and give RaDAR a try or chase us RaDAR ops. RaDAR to RaDAR is an exciting goal.

Good Luck and be safe,

Greg N4KGL





Re: RaDAR Challenge - November 7th, 2020

Thomas Robinson
 

Will listen out for you guys.  Remember - call CQ RaDAR!


Re: RaDAR Challenge - November 7th, 2020

Mark Wickens
 

I am planning on walking to a SOTA summit from my house tomorrow, and may well have my first attempt at the RADAR challenge with stops on the way and back. The summit is on the other side of Lake Windermere which means I have to take a ferry as a foot passenger there and back. Probably quite unique!

I will be using an FT-817 with SOTABeams Quad-band dipole on a 6m lightweight mast. 40m will probably be my go-to band.

Regards, Mark.


Re: RaDAR Challenge - November 7th, 2020

dl2dve@...
 

That's a pity Tom, hope for a QSO with your Home Shack Station ! WX forecast here is dry (but cold).  73 andy DL2DVE


Re: RaDAR Challenge - November 7th, 2020

Greg Lane
 

Sorry to hear that, Tom  Stay safe!

Greg N4KGL

On Thu, Nov 5, 2020, 10:15 AM Thomas Robinson via groups.io <g0sbw=btinternet.com@groups.io> wrote:
As of today. Englan, has gone Into severe corona virus lockdown with  restrictions on travel, socialising etc.  I will not, therefore, be taking part in the challenge this month.  I will however,  be listening for RaDAR ops at my home QTH.  Good luck to all who do manage to take part in the challenge

73 Tom G0SBW


Re: RaDAR Challenge - November 7th, 2020

Thomas Robinson
 
Edited

As of today. England, has gone Into severe corona virus lockdown with  restrictions on travel, socialising etc.  I will not, therefore, be taking part in the challenge this month.  I will however,  be listening for RaDAR ops at my home QTH.  Good luck to all who do manage to take part in the challenge

73 Tom G0SBW


Re: RaDAR Challenge - November 7th, 2020

dl2dve@...
 

Hi Tom,

sounds good - how about 13:00 UTC, 14.059 ?  If it does not work, we could try 7.029.5  just 10min later ?  (Close to the busy SOTA QRG 7.032, but let's try).   And perhaps repeat that  every hour, or every 30min, for the re-deployments ?   Others could join too.   We may share any DX..   My base plan was to walk - good idea to use the car if it rains.

73 andy DL2DVE


Re: RaDAR Challenge - November 7th, 2020

Thomas Robinson
 

Hi Andy

Thanks for the message.  Yes a QSO with you will be great.  If the WX is OK I might be operating pedestrian mobile so 14.059 would better suit my backpack mounted vertical whip.  if WX is bad I will be /p from my old Volkswagen camper van 40 and 20 will be ok.  Intercontinental DX with N.America is fine afternoon European time.  I plan to operate  from 12:00 UTC to 16:00 UTC so will look out for you - maybe a specific time?

If /PM will be using a KX3.  If /P will use a Yaesu FT 857

73. Tom G0SBW


Re: RaDAR Challenge - November 7th, 2020

dl2dve@...
 

Hi Tom,

would be great to work you..    R2R within Europe -   20m at 14.059 probably will do the job or we try 7.029.5  or 10.115 ?   I plan to be out in afternoon.  HW ?

73 andy DL2DVE


7.Nov DX Sked ?

dl2dve@...
 
Edited

Hello friends,

participated RaDAR for the first time last July and among the 30 QSOs (20m CW) was one DX-QSO to Japan. This time it would be great to achieve intercontinental R2R QSO(s) !  If WX is not too ugly - would carry the IC-706 (with 15Ah LiFePo) with 100W and build a vertical EFHW for 20m. Best time for NA - EU seems 14-16 UTC. I prefer CW but will try to find the mic if necessary. Who is interested ?  Perhaps best to try at the full 30min at the RaDAR QRG 14.059.  HW ?  
73 andy DL2DVE


Re: RaDAR Challenge - November 7th, 2020

Thomas Robinson
 

Hope to be out, one way or another, depending on WX.  Maybe even have a dabble with CW this time,  These last few days the bands have been opening up, so maybe, a chance for intercontinental contacts!!

73 All
Tom G0SBW


Re: RaDAR Challenge - November 7th, 2020

rogerconroy@...
 

It's distance travelled. Your route can even be circular to return to a previously used spot. Start in your backyard, go around the block, return to your yard. As long as you carry your entire station that is a "legitimate" move.


Re: RaDAR Challenge - November 7th, 2020

Eddie Leighton
 

The distance travelled. You could land up close to where you started. It's simply about packing up and redeploying again. The distance vs method of transport is just to build in some fairness. Have fun and good luck to all participants.

73 de Eddie ZS6BNE 

On Thu, 29 Oct 2020, 06:24 John Roy, <johnroy71@...> wrote:
A quick question, and maybe I'm being obtuse... Is the movement distance requirement "as the crow flies" or the actual route distance? I'm only asking as I can't find the answer anywhere.


Re: RaDAR Challenge - November 7th, 2020

John Roy
 

A quick question, and maybe I'm being obtuse... Is the movement distance requirement "as the crow flies" or the actual route distance? I'm only asking as I can't find the answer anywhere.

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