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Nov 4th 2017 RaDAR Challenge

Greg Lane
 

Upcoming RaDAR Challenge Nov 3rd 2018

Greg Lane
 
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Thanks,

Hello new members! I have some info for the upcoming RaDAR challenge at https://www.n4kgl.info/2018/09/get-ready-for-november-3rd-2018-radar.html Please post your questions and plans for RaDAR ops.

Thanks,

Greg N4KGL

Re: Upcoming RaDAR Challenge Nov 3rd 2018

Greg Lane
 

Nov 3rd RaDAR Challenge Poll #poll

Greg Lane
 
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Introductions

Greg Lane
 

Please introduce yourself and include callsign/location. Thanks for your interest in RaDAR!

Re: Introductions

Greg Lane
 

My name is Greg and my callsign is N4KGL. I have been infected by RaDAR since 2013 when RaDAR came to North America. Now it is international. Eddie ZS6BNE and his friends originated the RaDAR concept in South Africa. I have learned much about field operating which can factor into other amateur radio activities as well. I started a Google Plus RaDAR community and promote RaDAR anyway I can. I have a blog at www.n4kgl.info. Enjoy RaDAR!

Greg N4KGL
Panama City, FL

On Sun, Oct 28, 2018, 6:30 AM Greg Lane <LaneKG@...> wrote:
Please introduce yourself and include callsign/location. Thanks for your interest in RaDAR!

Re: Introductions

John Roy
 

I am John. N4JRX. I am a pretty new ham. Looking forward to working bike-portable.

Re: Introductions

N5VMO Pat
 

John this is a great resource for the HAM to learn themselves and the radio equipment you have capabilities =)    Do not get discouraged when you do not make contact 100% of the time =(   It is a learning yourself and your ways of using your rig / antennas / batteries / power source =)    The contest is you improving not the number of contacts and HAVING FUN OUTSIDE =)   Make outings FUN =)     Take pictures or videos if you like and let us all know what worked and what did not work and think through why it did not =)

Also the group will be moving over to GROUP.io  ( search RaDAR over there and join ) before G+ shuts down =)   Several have YouTube videos and BLOGS or WORDPRESS sites some post at =)    Look over the G+ site and make note of DOCs , LINKS, APPs, and the like to use a aids in outings as they will probably be moved over as well =)     WE HAVE FUN outside with radios =)


On Sun, Oct 28, 2018 at 9:00 AM John Roy <johnroy71@...> wrote:
I am John. N4JRX. I am a pretty new ham. Looking forward to working bike-portable.



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Re: Introductions

Eddie Leighton
 

I am Eddie, ZS6BNE. My favourite game is RaDAR – Rapid Deployment Amateur Radio, it is my focus and my thoughts on amateur radio revolve around it all the time. The RaDAR concept as we know it is almost a decade old. I like practicing RaDAR while on foot, moving and redeploying after every five contacts. It’s a challenge and it’s good.

Re: Introductions

Paul
 

Paul here. Callsign is M6OPV (and more often than not P). New to Ham Radio but not to radio communications due to former career. 

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 Corby
 

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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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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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