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Re: POTA and RADAR

John VA3KOT
 

Tom, beware, POTA is highly addictive. I tried it and have now become a hopeless addict. If you were hoping for a nice, relaxed operating style forget about it. Once your operation gets spotted on the POTA website you will be hit with a pile-up!

I used to go out to the field and fire off general CQs (CW) and was usually rewarded with just a few RBN hits but seldom many QSOs. So, when I embarked on my POTA journey, I wondered how I was going to get the required 10 QSOs for an activation. Boy, was I in for a pleasant surprise. It took just 15 minutes to get my first activation completed!

Some people activate multiple parks in a single outing so that makes it sound ideal for RaDAR.

John, VA3KOT

On Wed., Nov. 18, 2020, 09:57 Thomas Robinson via groups.io, <g0sbw=btinternet.com@groups.io> wrote:
Hi All
I've just discovered that POTA is now active in the UK (England at least).  I found out about it by watching a tube video -  the link to which is given below. In the video RaDAR gets a mention about 10min20sec in.

I think I will get have to get going on POTA

https://youtu.be/c0C1TQBRq6Y

73. Tom G0SBW


POTA and RADAR

Thomas Robinson
 

Hi All
I've just discovered that POTA is now active in the UK (England at least).  I found out about it by watching a tube video -  the link to which is given below. In the video RaDAR gets a mention about 10min20sec in.

I think I will get have to get going on POTA

https://youtu.be/c0C1TQBRq6Y

73. Tom G0SBW


Re: RaDAR Challenge - November 7th, 2020

dl2dve@...
 

Hi Tom,
apologies for the speed, actually the potenziometer in my elbug was broken and I could not trim it down...  But included in the backup & reapair kit I brought a small straight key which I could grab immediately - just call me and I will adjust, promised !   :-)   73 andy DL2DVE


Re: RaDAR Challenge - November 7th, 2020

John Roy
 

I spent a bit on Friday packing my IC-705, camp stool and vertical antenna with radials on my bike. I was counting on using digital modes to make up for my QRP approach. Also I have never operated SSB very much and I don’t know Morse code. Saturday I grabbed my Surface Go and threw it and some snacks into my backpack. I rode to a clearing a couple of miles away and began to set up. And realized that I had not packed my USB cable. I made a few SSB contacts, but I was not really prepared for that. Also the vertical setup isn’t ideal for band hopping and chasing contacts. I like the idea of the omnidirectionality, but I use a 17ft telescoping vertical. Great when lots of activity is 20m and up. Not when my conditions were variable and 40m was in play. I didn’t like swapping my coil in and out. I would rather use a 40m-10m doublet or end fed with a tuner. Or a mag loop. Really looking at an Alexloop or an AL-705 but is haven’t ever used one. But it was fun anyway. Spend a few hours out by myself on a beautiful day. And it definitely motivated me for next time!


Re: N4KGL RaDAR Challenge Report for November 2020

Mark Wickens
 

Hi Greg

Awesome report and well done for all the contacts and especially RaDAR 2 RaDAR. I had an Alex loop but sold it on to help purchase a kx3 (which I've subsequently also sold on). The icom would seem like a good match with the loop. 

I would like to give it a try on a bike. Only have a road bike now but may swap it for a mountain bike. Bike power definitely makes a 100+ watt rig a possibility 😃

Regards Mark M0NOM

On Wed, 11 Nov 2020, 17:37 Greg Lane, <LaneKG@...> wrote:
Hey Guys,

I am pleased to read about the global activity for this challenge. Here is my report. 


Thanks to all for trying to find me.  You might have heard me if I ran 100 watts and a dipole. But for portability, I used an Alexloop. Every outing is an experiment.

73,

Greg N4KGL


N4KGL RaDAR Challenge Report for November 2020

Greg Lane
 

Hey Guys,

I am pleased to read about the global activity for this challenge. Here is my report. 


Thanks to all for trying to find me.  You might have heard me if I ran 100 watts and a dipole. But for portability, I used an Alexloop. Every outing is an experiment.

73,

Greg N4KGL


Re: RaDAR Challenge - November 7th, 2020

Eddie Leighton
 

Hi guys,

I had fun with the IC-7200 doing RaDAR on Saturday. Here is my report.


73 de Eddie ZS6BNE


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

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