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RaDAR 3rd November 2018

Paul
 

I will be trying out RaDAR for the first time this Saturday. I'm fairly new to Ham Radio but not to comms. I will be out and about here in the UK between 12:00 hours and 16:00 hours (L). I will be using a Yaesu FT-817 with a Hyendfend Ultra Light 4 band antenna and also giving my newly acquired MFJ-1899t a try out (on my first try I got into southern Italy with it From North East England, not bad I'd say!!!). The frequencies i'll be using are as below, I hope to be able to speak to a few of you on Saturday, good luck to all :-) 

7.185.5Mhz
14.342.5Mhz
21.437.5Mhz
28.327.5Mhz

Paul 
M6OPV/P

Re: Introductions

Hsromaine@...
 

Hi - Hank AC1CG saying hello from Warren, Vermont USA.  I’m a new ham (spring 2017) and am excited about RaDAR and SOTA. Glad I logged in tonight and saw that this Saturday is the fall RaDAR challenge!  I have my KX-2 and a trail-friendly end-fed 40/20/10 ready to go in my pack...will do some reading and planning. Too much work getting in the way of radio time, will try to change that this weekend!

Re: Introductions

John VA3KOT
 

John, VA3KOT, EN93 near Orangeville, ON, Canada. Mainly a CW op but I have a microphone somewhere ... if I can find it. Have dabbled in digital but haven't found a mode I like yet - except maybe WSPR. Pleased to see RaDAR on groups.io. I spend most of the short Ontario summer operating outdoors and like to experiment with homebrew antennas.

N4KGL - RaDAR: Top Sail Preserve State Park will be the N4KGL RaDAR Challenge Venue

Greg Lane
 

G0SBW - November RaDAR Challenge

Thomas Robinson
 

Tomorrow I’m planning to participate in the RaDAR Challenge.  I will be operating pedestrian mobile from the beach at Frinton-on-Sea from about 8:00UTC to 12:00 UTC.  Equipment will be a KX3 10W to a 15ft. whip fastened to the backpack plus dragged counterpoises.Hope to have a QSO with Paul, M6OPV who will be operating some 350/400km away.  Normally it should be an easy 40m contact.  However, I will be using an inefficient antenna (for 40m anyway) with a low take off angle (due to salt water effect) so I’m not so sure a 40m QSO will be possible.

 

To test things I went out /PM with the equipment for an hour or so this afternoon.  On 40m did not hear any UK stations - but quite a few Europeans.  Made a couple of quick contacts with German stations - so the rig/antenna system is working OK but the skip it enjoys is seems a bit too far for inter England contacts.

 

Switching to 20m I did hear an MI station working DX.  He would be some 500/550 km from me.  Seems a 20m QSO might just be possible with Paul.  Both 20m and 40m will be tried tomorrow.

 

I did manage a contact with Steve, KiGMM  in Vermont. but only received a 2by2 from him.  I think all my contacts tomorrow will be around Europe.  We can but try 😉


Re: G0SBW - November RaDAR Challenge

N5VMO Pat
 

Very good to hear you will be out and about for the Challenge Saturday Tom =)

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73's Pat  N5VMO


Re: Introductions

Rick Stoner
 

I am Rick KC3DRU.  I like doing digital modes but FT8.  My current favorite is JS8Call which combines the weak signal translation with chat modes like PSK31.  In the field, I'm using a uBitX kit and a Raspberry Pi to run the rig.  Located between Harrisburg and Gettysburg PA.

Re: Introductions

N5VMO Pat
 

Hello John and glad to have Rick in the group =)   Been debugging all day during the outing =)    About eight hours of radio time today and learned several things ...... MURPHY's LAW is still working :-)))     Everything worked great the last few days ..... but take it to the field .... well I can see everything /everyone and work no one :-)))



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73's Pat  N5VMO


Results - November RaDAR Challenge

Thomas Robinson
 

Rudely awakened at 4:45 am by the alarm clock, I reluctantly got out of bed and prepared myself for an eight o’clock start on the beach at Frinton-on-Sea JO01PU11AG.  Well I made it and was an operational pedestrian mobiler in the November RaDAR challenge just after 08:00 UTC.  Now for another four hours walking and, hopefully, talking (yes I am still SSB only).

 

Well I completed the four hour outing with 16 QSOs under my belt and 4.5 kilometres of beach under my feet.  Still then managed to drive the 100 miles to meet up with my family for a big fireworks party (its almost Nov. 5th - Guy Fawkes night).  But wow, I slept really well on Saturday night!

 

My gear for the RaDAR part of the day was the ever reliable KX3 with its 10W output, an ex-army whip antenna made of 4, screw together, sections totalling 5metres (16ft.) and dragged counterpoises  cut for 20m, 17m and 12m.  The KX3 internal tuner works well on these three bands and also manages to just tune on 40m - though performance on this band is a bit iffy.  The battery, held in the bottom of the back pack, is a 12 Ah LiFePO4 - probably more than ample for its usage  but reassuring; one cannot have too much capacity in a battery - provided it can be carried without too much stress.

 

I was not expecting a lot of DX and I did not get it.  But I did get two more countries for the /PM QRP log and managed to get into Asiatic Russia.

 

I particularly wanted to get a QSO with Paul M6OPV, a new member of the RaDAR group.  I did not manage it. He was operating at the wrong distance away from me for a 20m or 40m contact.  Normally a 40m contact would have been easy with a low height dipole but my short vertical was no good.  Still, we tried.

 

I had a failure during the outing.  I like to record the path I walk when out /PM.  The app I use for this is “Motion X - GPS” which I run on an old iPhone 4s.  Despite having it fully charged at the start of the day the battery died before I completed the four hour challenge period.  Consequently the path of the full walk was not recorded, but I got most of it.  Included in this post is the track as recorded. The point where the battery failed is where the straight line starts.  This line goes straight to my home address - the point where the phone was recharged and the app started recording again.  Clearly if i am to continue using the app on long excursions I need to power the phone with a power bank.

 

Also included in this post is the relevant page from my log and some photos taken during the walk.

Re: Results - November RaDAR Challenge

N5VMO Pat
 

Very good picture of you outing Tom and really a good list of contacts =)     I was trying several new things out Saturday's RaDAR Challenge =)   I could hear many contacts to make but failure on the transmit side =(   I should have tried the SSB phone and had everything to do it with me .... just got bogged down solving problems and solutions on the setup =)

On Sun, Nov 4, 2018 at 2:56 PM Thomas Robinson via Groups.Io <g0sbw=btinternet.com@groups.io> wrote:

Rudely awakened at 4:45 am by the alarm clock, I reluctantly got out of bed and prepared myself for an eight o’clock start on the beach at Frinton-on-Sea JO01PU11AG.  Well I made it and was an operational pedestrian mobiler in the November RaDAR challenge just after 08:00 UTC.  Now for another four hours walking and, hopefully, talking (yes I am still SSB only).

 

Well I completed the four hour outing with 16 QSOs under my belt and 4.5 kilometres of beach under my feet.  Still then managed to drive the 100 miles to meet up with my family for a big fireworks party (its almost Nov. 5th - Guy Fawkes night).  But wow, I slept really well on Saturday night!

 

My gear for the RaDAR part of the day was the ever reliable KX3 with its 10W output, an ex-army whip antenna made of 4, screw together, sections totalling 5metres (16ft.) and dragged counterpoises  cut for 20m, 17m and 12m.  The KX3 internal tuner works well on these three bands and also manages to just tune on 40m - though performance on this band is a bit iffy.  The battery, held in the bottom of the back pack, is a 12 Ah LiFePO4 - probably more than ample for its usage  but reassuring; one cannot have too much capacity in a battery - provided it can be carried without too much stress.

 

I was not expecting a lot of DX and I did not get it.  But I did get two more countries for the /PM QRP log and managed to get into Asiatic Russia.

 

I particularly wanted to get a QSO with Paul M6OPV, a new member of the RaDAR group.  I did not manage it. He was operating at the wrong distance away from me for a 20m or 40m contact.  Normally a 40m contact would have been easy with a low height dipole but my short vertical was no good.  Still, we tried.

 

I had a failure during the outing.  I like to record the path I walk when out /PM.  The app I use for this is “Motion X - GPS” which I run on an old iPhone 4s.  Despite having it fully charged at the start of the day the battery died before I completed the four hour challenge period.  Consequently the path of the full walk was not recorded, but I got most of it.  Included in this post is the track as recorded. The point where the battery failed is where the straight line starts.  This line goes straight to my home address - the point where the phone was recharged and the app started recording again.  Clearly if i am to continue using the app on long excursions I need to power the phone with a power bank.

 

Also included in this post is the relevant page from my log and some photos taken during the walk.



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73's Pat  N5VMO


Re: G0SBW - November RaDAR Challenge

Paul
 

Well done Tom, shame we never got to talk.....next time :-) 

M6OPV/P RaDAR Challenge 3rd November 2018

Paul
 

Unfortunately, at the first site as I was dropping the mast, it snapped in half due to the high wind…….therefore from the second site I used the 857 in the vehicle and the ATAS 120a antenna and at the third the MFJ-1899t (as it wasn’t so windy there). Always have a back-up eh!!!

I didn’t hear 1 RaDAR station but got 15 contacts into Europe as there was a Ukrainian competition going on. I also don’t think they were giving me ‘genuine’ reports (1 or 2 did though), especially when some of them were asking me to repeat my call sign 3/4 times due to operating QRP. 
 
Look forward to the next one! 

SITE 1 - CHAPEL FELL, COUNTY DURHAM,  ENGLAND - IO84VR40 (Yaesu FT-817 with Hyendfed 4 band ultralight antenna)



SITE 2 - Car Park, A68 Cafe, County Durham, England - IO94CP76




SITE 3 - BRUSSELTON, SHILDON, COUNTY DURHAM, ENGLAND - IO94DO87  (Yaesu FT-817 with MFJ-1899t antenna)



LOG


Re: M6OPV/P RaDAR Challenge 3rd November 2018

John VA3KOT
 

Thanks for posting the pictures of the beautiful Co Durham Moors. I lived there 48 years ago and still miss that scenery!

Re: M6OPV/P RaDAR Challenge 3rd November 2018

Paul
 

Hi John, My pleasure, it was certainly wild up there!!! Whereabouts did you live? 

Re: M6OPV/P RaDAR Challenge 3rd November 2018

N5VMO Pat
 

Fantastic Paul 8-)   You had a great list of contacts =)    Sorry that you did not make a  RaDAR to RaDAR contact =)    I believe Tom was out looking for you to make your RaDAR to RaDAR first contact =)


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73's Pat  N5VMO


Re: M6OPV/P RaDAR Challenge 3rd November 2018

Paul
 

Hi Pat, I enjoyed every minute of it, even getting soaked (not the first time and wont be the last)!! Yes Tom was calling me on 40, however where I was, 40 was just constant noise, I will have to get his mobile number for the next one and pick a frequency to try it ha ha. 

Re: M6OPV/P RaDAR Challenge 3rd November 2018

N5VMO Pat
 

Here is a few pictures from Saturday's outing =)
SUNP0243.JPG
The R Pi 2B+ in Smarti Pi case 7" Touch Screen =)
Running JS-8call =)


SUNP0240.JPG
The IC-7200 setting ( for the moment ) in the passenger seat =)
Using the single USB printer cable connection .... east setup =)

SUNP0241.JPG
Then the old school keyboard and mouse ( yes I do have a very small BT BK / pad =)
Just did not use it this time ..... maybe when it is a more finished installation in the truck =)

Hope you enjoyed the pictures =)  de N5VMO Pat


On Mon, Nov 5, 2018 at 8:43 AM Paul <paul.redhead@...> wrote:
Hi Pat, I enjoyed every minute of it, even getting soaked (not the first time and wont be the last)!! Yes Tom was calling me on 40, however where I was, 40 was just constant noise, I will have to get his mobile number for the next one and pick a frequency to try it ha ha. 
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73's Pat  N5VMO


Re: M6OPV/P RaDAR Challenge 3rd November 2018

Paul
 

Great pics Pat..........I'm experimenting with JS8CALL at the moment, I seem to be picking stations up ok but no one can hear me ha ha ha, very confusing. 

N4KGL RaDAR Challenge Report November 2018

Greg Lane
 

Please see the blog post at https://www.n4kgl.info/2018/11/n4kgl-radar-challenge-report-november.html It is great to see the other reports here on the RaDAR group. Welcome new members!

Thanks,

Greg N4KGL

Introduction

Norman
 

Hi All

Since HF QRM levels are so high at my home QTH I resorted to /P working some years ago. Last year a 10 watt IC703 Plus, LDG AATU and LiPo battery were successfully mounted on a lightweight military backpack carrier for Pedestrian Mobile working. An ex-military Clansman PRC320, with 30 watts output, was also acquired and months passed while the various accessories, required to make it a fully working /PM, were assembled. Repairs have been made and modifications are currently underway to adapt it for easier amateur operation. My home QTH is Canvey Island which is surrounded by tidal mudflats, with seawall paths giving an excellent take-off.  More at https://www.qrz.com/db/m0fzw. Looking forward to working, meeting and hearing from fellow RaDAR Members.

Norman, M0FZW