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N4KGL Plans for RaDAR Challenge Saturday 11 July

Greg Lane
 

N4KGLwill operate RaDAR Challenge from Opal Beach on Santa Rosa Island in Northwest Florida. The island is very narrow with the Gulf of Mexico on the Southside and Santa Rosa Sound on the Northside. We will use a vertically polarized antenna to take advantage of the saltwater effect. Since the IARU HF Championship Contest will be underway, we will check 17 meters first, then 40 or 20 meters.  We will use low power and be on foot. Doing RaDAR, we will make five contacts and move one kilometer to the next stop, and repeat for four hours. Our start time is around 1600 UTC. Opal Beach is part of the National Parks Gulf Islands National Seashore and Parks On The Air. K-0661. We will spot to https://pota.us/#/ You can also set up your HamAlert for N4KGL  We welcome all chasers and especially RaDAR to RaDAR contacts . If you are out doing RaDAR or chasing, let me know via lanekg@.... RaDAR is Rapid Deployment Amateur Radio. The Challenge rules are at http://radarops.co.za/index.php/radar-rules/ Thanks to Eddie ZS6BNE for the RaDAR concept. Good luck, and stay safe! Dennis WA6QKN and Greg N4KGL


Event: July 11th RaDAR Challenge - Saturday, 11 July 2020 #cal-invite

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July 11th RaDAR Challenge

When:
Saturday, 11 July 2020

Description:
The next RaDAR Challenge is July 11th, 2020 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. Detailed rules are available at http://radarops.co.za/index.php/radar-rules/

April 2020 RaDAR Challenge Report

Greg Lane
 

Hey folks,

The blog is at  https://www.n4kgl.info/2020/04/april-2020-radar-challenge-report.html



With the Corona situation giving us cabin fever, it was enjoyable to get a dose of radio and exercise outdoors doing the RaDAR Challenge.

73

Dennis and Greg  

Re: Our RaDAR Challenge Operations are On for April 4th!

Greg Lane
 

Chris VA3ECO will be doing RaDAR from Ontario.

G

On Sat, Apr 4, 2020, 7:32 AM Greg Lane via groups.io <LaneKG=gmail.com@groups.io> wrote:
Good luck to John Corby, Thomas and Eddie. Any other takers or chasers?

Greg N4KGL

On Sat, Apr 4, 2020, 5:39 AM Thomas Robinson via groups.io <g0sbw=btinternet.com@groups.io> wrote:
That will be 12:00 UTC.  Read the wrong shack clock!  Current local time is 11:40 British Summer Time or 10:40 UTC
Tom G0SBW

Re: Our RaDAR Challenge Operations are On for April 4th!

Greg Lane
 

Good luck to John Corby, Thomas and Eddie. Any other takers or chasers?

Greg N4KGL

On Sat, Apr 4, 2020, 5:39 AM Thomas Robinson via groups.io <g0sbw=btinternet.com@groups.io> wrote:
That will be 12:00 UTC.  Read the wrong shack clock!  Current local time is 11:40 British Summer Time or 10:40 UTC
Tom G0SBW

Re: Our RaDAR Challenge Operations are On for April 4th!

Thomas Robinson
 

That will be 12:00 UTC.  Read the wrong shack clock!  Current local time is 11:40 British Summer Time or 10:40 UTC
Tom G0SBW

Re: Our RaDAR Challenge Operations are On for April 4th!

Thomas Robinson
 

I see that the Polish DX contest starts at 15:00UTC. 17m is dead at moment so have decided to get out before the contest starts.  Hope to be operational on 20m as a /PM at 11:00 UTC.
73 Tom G0SBW

Re: Our RaDAR Challenge Operations are On for April 4th!

Thomas Robinson
 
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Good luck Greg & Co.  But, please remember your social distancing and keep safe.  I will try to be out pedestrian mobile, on a normally deserted flood defence sea wall (see photo below- I will be walking along the boundary of the salt marsh and the cultivated ground) from 14:00 UTC,  Un fortunately there is a polish DX competition at that time and 17m does not seem too good at the moment, so may have to grin and bear it on 20m.  

Cheers Tom G0SBW

Our RaDAR Challenge Operations are On for April 4th!

Greg Lane
 

The RaDAR Challenge is a portable amateur radio operating event with movement between deployments via foot or various conveyances. Operate in a four-hour window of your choosing in the UTC day. 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. You must make five contacts to move to the next location. The rules are available at http://radarops.co.za/index.php/radar-rules/.

The April 2020 RaDAR Challenge is this Saturday. Normally we would be operating from a State Park, but the Governor closed the State Parks due to the COVID-19 situation. Per the Gov. DeSantis' 4/1/2020 Executive Order "Essential Activities" as: "Participating in recreational activities (with social distancing guidelines) such as walking, biking, hiking, fishing, hunting, running, swimming, and taking care of pets." Therefore I believe RaDAR is essential. Fortunately, Conservation Park in Panama City Beach is open. There are miles of dirt trails for hiking or bike riding. This park is an excellent fit for RaDAR.

Dennis WA6QKN and Greg N4KGL are doing the RaDAR Challenge on the Osprey Trail in Conservation Park. We will ride bikes between stops carrying our radio gear. Our callsign will be N4KGL and our four-hour window will start at 10 AM CDT or 1500 UTC. We must make five contacts to move down the trail. The required distance on bikes is two kilometers or 1.2 miles. We will look for contacts anyway we can get them that includes RaDAR to RaDAR, local contacts or search and pounce. Our first choice for HF is 40 meters followed by 20 and 17 meters, CW will be around 7.030 and SSB is TBA. On VHF we will announce our ops on the 145.210 Repeater. Simplex contacts will count so switch over to 146.565 FM to work us. We can work you on multiple bands modes and multiple stops.

If you will be operating RaDAR or chasing us sent me an email at lanekg@... and I will send updates to your email. We appreciate the efforts to find us. It can be challenging.

Have a great weekend and have fun on the radio.

Dennis WA6QKN and Greg N4KGL.






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Panama City Amateur Radio Club - W4RYZ

Upcoming Event: RaDAR Challenge April 4th 2020 - Sat, 04/04/2020 #cal-reminder

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Reminder: RaDAR Challenge April 4th 2020

When: Saturday, 4 April 2020

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Description: The next RaDAR Challenge is April 4th, 2020 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. Detail rules are available at http://radarops.co.za/index.php/radar-rules/

Re: Upcoming Event: RaDAR Challenge April 4th 2020 - Sat, 04/04/2020 #cal-reminder

Thomas Robinson
 

Also in Covid-19 "house arrest" due to age.  However, under the isolation terms, I am allowed out for a period of "excerise" each day provided I don't mingle with others.  Possibly a period of pedestrian mobile along a deserted beach is in order :-) if the WX is suitable.  Probably not for the full 4 hour period though.

Take care all.  Tom - G0SBW

Re: Upcoming Event: RaDAR Challenge April 4th 2020 - Sat, 04/04/2020 #cal-reminder

Eddie Leighton
 

Hi all RaDAR enthusiasts,

We're presently "Locked down" here in South Africa due to COVID-19 but I will be active doing RaDAR SatComms during suitable passes from home in grid KG34ac19fi.

Stay safe. 73 de Eddie ZS6BNE

Upcoming Event: RaDAR Challenge April 4th 2020 - Sat, 04/04/2020 #cal-reminder

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Reminder: RaDAR Challenge April 4th 2020

When: Saturday, 4 April 2020

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Description: The next RaDAR Challenge is April 4th, 2020 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. Detail rules are available at http://radarops.co.za/index.php/radar-rules/

Event: RaDAR Challenge April 4th 2020 - Saturday, 4 April 2020 #cal-invite

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RaDAR Challenge April 4th 2020

When:
Saturday, 4 April 2020

Description:
The next RaDAR Challenge is April 4th, 2020 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. Detail rules are available at http://radarops.co.za/index.php/radar-rules/

Re: Warm-up for the April 4th RaDAR Challenge

KC3TOM
 

For Christmas I upgraded from a FT-817 to a Elecraft KX2.  It was hard to set my trusty FT-817 aside, but once I started using the KX2 I knew I had made the right choice. 

I plan on operating from Hillman State Park here in PA, which is also state game lands.  It is mostly used by mountain bikers and hunters, so there are lots of trails and plenty of room to wonder.










RaDAR News – February 2020 – ZS6BNE's Blog

Greg Lane
 

Re: Warm-up for the April 4th RaDAR Challenge

Greg Lane
 

Tom,

Thanks for your update on how you are optimizing your pack-up for RaDAR. It is amazing how the weight adds up in a pack. Since I started bike riding, I go with a pack and strap the pole to the bike or cheat and pull a trailer. I have not made the final choice yet.

What is your rig, and what venue are you going to operate from?

Thanks,

Greg N4KGL

Re: Warm-up for the April 4th RaDAR Challenge

KC3TOM
 

I'm looking forward to it.  I've been working on getting my pack weight down.  Since I'm on foot every ounce matters.  If I remember correctly my pack was about 25 lbs last year and it was not a good hiking pack.  I did carry thing like shelter, food, fire kit, etc following the intent of the challenge.  I've reduced that weight to about half that.  This past weekend we had a break in the weather, so I got to finish up my 10-40 qrp endfed antenna, 2.9 ounces.  I actually made it so I can quickly add another length to get 80 if I need it.  I dropped my throwline and weight and I'm going with the SOTA beams travel mast.  It's adds a little weight, but it's faster, gives you more options and less hassle than trying to find a good place to throw a line.  I went to a smaller LiFePO4 battery, among other things.  I'm still tempted to throw in luxury items like one of those light folding chairs, about 3 lbs.  The area I go has so many ticks that sitting on the ground just isn't a good idea, even though I treat all my clothing.

I always try to drag some others along with me, but they all seem to have something come up as the event draws closer.  LOL

The ARRL Spring SET (Simulated Emergency Test) is the morning of April 4th.  Since I'm the ARES EC for my county I won't be able to get out until late in the day.

Warm-up for the April 4th RaDAR Challenge

Greg Lane
 

Please see the blog at  https://www.n4kgl.info/2020/02/pota-and-radar-on-florida-gulf-coast.html 

Got plans for April 4th RaDAR Challenge?

Thanks,

Greg N4KGL

N4KGL November 2019 RaDAR Challenge and Parks on The Air

Greg Lane