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Re: Take the RaDAR Challenge on Saturday July 10th 2021

Greg Lane
 

Very interesting on NVIS and WSPR Eddie. I'll check out the logging. I'll be in Missouri at Stockton State park. That will be different, likely I'll be on 17 and 20 meters. Being Parks On The Air could draw some contacts.

You know maybe we could do something in parallel with the Portable Operations Challenge Sept 4 & 5th. Their scoring would be interesting with RaDAR.  Who knows?

Thanks, 

Greg



On Tue, Jul 6, 2021, 2:05 PM Eddie Leighton <edleighton@...> wrote:
Thanks for the message Greg.

Getting ready here in ZS too. Using the monitoring station idea agai which proved very helpful in April.

RaDAR_MonitorStationFrequencies.png

Also in line with the RaDAR Sport idea I spoke about in my QSO Today presentation I have built a simple online community based logbook where if all use it correctly then the RaDAR Challenge progress can be seen in real time. I have also been experimenting with WSPR for NVIS predictions. I have a WSPR TX and WSPR RX 29km apart. If the RX hears my TX I KNOW NVIS conditions are present. Band conditions are very up and down lately but I'm going out and many other CW guys with QRP rigs, mostly QCX Mini's.

For interests sake the URL is http://www.radarops.co.za/zsportal/ 

Have fun and 73 de Eddie ZS6BNE


Re: Take the RaDAR Challenge on Saturday July 10th 2021

Eddie Leighton
 

Thanks for the message Greg.

Getting ready here in ZS too. Using the monitoring station idea agai which proved very helpful in April.

RaDAR_MonitorStationFrequencies.png

Also in line with the RaDAR Sport idea I spoke about in my QSO Today presentation I have built a simple online community based logbook where if all use it correctly then the RaDAR Challenge progress can be seen in real time. I have also been experimenting with WSPR for NVIS predictions. I have a WSPR TX and WSPR RX 29km apart. If the RX hears my TX I KNOW NVIS conditions are present. Band conditions are very up and down lately but I'm going out and many other CW guys with QRP rigs, mostly QCX Mini's.

For interests sake the URL is http://www.radarops.co.za/zsportal/ 

Have fun and 73 de Eddie ZS6BNE


Take the RaDAR Challenge on Saturday July 10th 2021

Greg Lane
 

The next RaDAR Challenge is July 10th, 2021 UTC. RaDAR is Rapid Deployment Amateur Radio. Movement is encouraged between deployments via foot or various conveyances. Operate in a four-hour window of your choosing. No specific venue is required although parks are a natural choice. You may operate any band and mode except repeaters. Satellite and digital contacts are encouraged with bonus points. Remember it is five contacts and move. Get into the flow zone. Support from home stations is welcomed. Detailed rules are available at http://radarops.co.za/index.php/radar-rules/

Good Luck and stay safe,

Greg N4KGL


Atlanta Radio Club ISS Presentation this Thursday

Rob Osattin
 

The Atlanta Radio Club is pleased to announce that Dr. John Kludt, K7SYS (formerly K4SQC), will be our June speaker. The title of his talk is “ARISS Update and Into the Future”. We’ll learn about the amateur radio setup on the International Space Station (ISS) — past, present and future.

John is the Director of Operations for ARISS-USA. ARISS (Amateur Radio on the International Space Station) is an organization that works with NASA to arrange for students at schools in the U.S. to talk with astronauts aboard the ISS via amateur radio. 

John is well known to the amateur radio community in Atlanta because, until recently, he was a very active member of NFARL. Over the years, he worked with many Metro Atlanta schools to help them apply to NASA for one of the 20 coveted ISS contact slots that NASA approved every year. Most of John’s applications were ultimately approved and John, with help from NFARL and others, set up the radios at the schools and worked with the kids. The opportunity to ask astronauts questions while they were in space was a memorable experience for the students, teachers, parents and visitors every time.

John wasn’t only interested in the ISS. He was Atlanta’s go-to guy for questions about all of the amateur radio satellites in orbit. Do you remember the satellite antennas on the trailer that was exhibited at the Atlanta and Stone Mountain hamfests every year? They were used by the working satellite radio station that was set up and run by John every year. It was pretty cool.

This talk promises to be another fascinating presentation by a renowned national presenter that the ARC has been able to schedule though the wonders of Zoom.

The meeting will be Thursday, June 3, at 7 p.m. ET.   
or Meeting ID: 426 375 5765    Passcode: 791957

Everyone is invited to attend.

Rob Osattin, KI4UTY
Program Director | Atlanta Radio Club


Re: RaDAR – The April 2021 challenge – ZS6BNE's Blog

N5VMO Pat
 

I'm started using the PSK Reporter / SPOTTING networks on the cell phone now that I have one =)  Some times in the future will do a trial run to see the best place to setup and operate from and orentate the antenna direction and type used =)   the way I can pre-plan a set location and perfect equipment =)  Hard getting out during the lock down without drawing undo attention /-)


RaDAR – The April 2021 challenge – ZS6BNE's Blog

Greg Lane
 

https://zs6bne.wordpress.com/2021/04/25/radar-the-april-2021-challenge/

Eddie,

A fine outing you had. I like the idea of monitoring stations. 

Greg
N4KGL


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

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