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Re: RaDAR - Rapid Deployment Amateur radio, Eddie Leighton ZS6BNE

Eddie Leighton
 

Hi Greg,


Many thanks for your comments.


With the recent RaDAR Challenge in April I organized a few "Monitor" stations that would listen out on particular frequencies on CW and on SSB on 40m. This was keeping "RaDAR as a radio sport" in mind.


Having monitor stations that could almost be seen as "Marshalls" proved to be an enormous success so much so that it was rarely necessary for moving stations to battle to find five contacts before moving. I have to say this past challenge for me at least was the most successful one ever.

Here in ZS we had a higher level of participation too and everyone had lots of fun.


I used WSPR spots over a few days to determine a good four hour window. Not all kept to the plan and chose other time frames which of course is also acceptable in RaDAR. My WSPR system includes a QRP Labs U3S sitting at my QTH in town at KG33bu (ZS6BNE) and here in the bush 29 km away as the crow flies I have a WSJT-X system (ZS6BNE/p) using an SDR-IQ SDR listening out for any 200 mW transmissions from the ZS6BNE TX. It's amazing to see the band openings in real time and when I see positive SNR number I know QRP communications on 40m are possible (NVIS). It works extremely well.

I'm not sure if I can attach an an image to this mail but let me try.


Kind regards and 73 to all.


Eddie ZS6BNE

On 2021/04/15 18:46, Greg Lane wrote:
https://www.qsotodayhamexpo.com/player.html?link=NTIzNDgzMTAw 

A great talk. The slide RaDAR as a Sport is very interesting about 30 minutes in.

Thanks, Eddie!

Greg N4KGL




RaDAR - Rapid Deployment Amateur radio, Eddie Leighton ZS6BNE

Greg Lane
 

https://www.qsotodayhamexpo.com/player.html?link=NTIzNDgzMTAw 

A great talk. The slide RaDAR as a Sport is very interesting about 30 minutes in.

Thanks, Eddie!

Greg N4KGL




Calling all Canadians

John VA3KOT
 

I wonder how many Canadians we have in this group? Our long winters and short summers make operating outdoors a whole lot different to our RaDAR friends down south.

Also, with the whole of Ontario under lockdown for at least the month of April, those of us who live here have to be careful not to contravene local regulations.

So, fellow Canadians, is anyone interested in forming an unofficial RaDAR chapter up here in the Great White North? We could have our own training exercises, skeds and maybe even Zoom get togethers to discuss RaDAR techniques etc.

John, VA3KOT
Owen Sound ON
EN94mo


N4KGL RaDAR Challenge Outing this Saturday: Chasers and RaDAR to RaDAR Contacts are Welcome

Greg Lane
 

As of now, I plan to start on Saturday, April 3rd at 1600 UTC, 1100 CDT and go for four hours. I'll be in the Dothan, AL area, grid square EM71GF. It looks like I'll have nice weather. Since I will be making five contacts and start a move, then repeat,  I will be on and off the air.  Note I will be running 10 watts to keep the gear light. I'll start at Solomon Park in Dothan and I may double back there after my transitions. I have several movement options; on foot, bike, or even an electric tricycle. 

Chris VA3ECO is starting RaDAR at the same time from grid square EN29. He will be on 20 meters SSB so I can start there at 1600 UTC. I'll do some CQs and if that does not work I'll hunt and pounce. Later, I may give the 17-meter activity group a try.  Budd W3FF and the group are on almost every day at 1745 UTC on 18157.5 kHz. Keep a lookout for Svend VE3SWN also doing RaDAR from Ontario.

For those in Panama City I think 40 meters, NVIS is the best bet. In Dothan, you should hear me on the HF bands. I will also be on 146.52 simplex. Note your grid square is part of the RaDAR exchange. Please give me four or more digits. When I CQ I'll spot on http://www.qrpspots.com/ For my CQs on CW, you should see me on Reverse Beacon Network http://www.reversebeacon.net/srch.php. Also, Ham Alert is an excellent tool to keep track of me. https://hamalert.org/about You can get notified on an Android App.

RaDAR is challenging for the ops and chasers! If you have plans to chase or operate let me know.

Good Luck,

Greg


RaDAR Challenge Spoting

Greg Lane
 

http://www.qrpspots.com/

I'll do my best to spot here for RaDAR CQs. When I am on CW, RBN should also pick me up. I apologize in advance this won't follow my hunt and pounce.

Greg N4KGL


RaDAR Logsheets

Greg Lane
 

Hi all,

Attached is the log sheet I use for RaDAR in both XLSX and PDF format. It prints in landscape.

I should be hanging out on 20 meter phone and PSK31 from about 11AM CDT.
73
-Chris Bigelow VA3ECO EN29


Eddie Leighton ZS6BNE speaks about RaDAR at the QSO Today Ham Expo

Greg Lane
 

Watch RaDAR - Rapid Deployment Amateur Radio Presenter Eddie Leighton ZS6BNE at the QSO Today Ham Expo
Saturday, March 13th, 2021 8:00 AM - 9:00 AM: Session Time (Pacific)

QSO Today Virtual Ham ExpoComing to your desktop, laptop, and tablet:
March 12th, 2021 1800 PST for 48 Hours
and "on-demand" until April 12, 2021



Re: 10 Character Maidenhead Locator Tools

John VA3KOT
 

Thank you Mark, that's a great idea.
John VA3KOT 


10 Character Maidenhead Locator Tools

Mark Wickens
 

I've started doing a screen capture of the HamGPS Android application when I setup /P to record my location. I discovered this application when I did my first RADAR challenge.


I was looking for a website that would be able to process 10-character Maidenhead locators and display the location. Most sites only cater for the less accurate 6-character locators.

Anyway, after a short search I found that the aprs.fi site allows 10-character locators and, equally useful, they can be encoded into the URL to provide a link.

For example, I was operating static mobile today from IO84OI38FN which can be encoded into a URL like this: https://aprs.fi/#!addr=IO84OI38FN to produce the following map which clicked on:



Hopefully these tools will provide useful to others!

Regards, Mark M0NOM


Re: POTA and RADAR

John VA3KOT
 

Mark et al;

I go trailer camping in the summer (that's "caravaning" to UK readers). I hookup my trailer to the campground's 110V/30A supply which gives me ample power to operate 100 watts. My most recent POTA activation was a day trip to an Ontario Provincial park which is classified as "non-operating" which means no camping. I ran 30 watts from a 15Ah SLA battery pack into a simple vertical antenna with 2 counterpoises laid on the ground. I still got a pile-up and activated the park in 18 minutes. Others have successfully activated parks with a QRP setup (I believe Greg, N4KGL has done that).

John VA3KOT

Owen Sound, ON Canada


Re: POTA and RADAR

Mark Wickens
 

Thank you for the head's up Tom about Parks on the Air now being active in the UK, and the information John.

I've been considering WWFF and can imagine with good band conditions that there could be a good run of US stations for Parks on the Air. I would certainly consider a QRO setup for this situation!

Regards Mark


On Wed, 18 Nov 2020 at 16:51, John VA3KOT <va3kot@...> wrote:
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


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

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