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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
 

RaDAR and SOTA by Sid ZS5AYC and Adele ZS5APT

Eddie Leighton
 

I have just received Sid ZS5AYC and Adele ZS5APT's RaDAR report and so heart warming to read the stories of their journey. Simply AWESOME!!!

"RaDAR Challenge – 2 November 2019

Due to family commitments we were not able to participate in the first two RaDAR challenges this year, but were determined to participate in the November challenge.

Sid and I decided to combine RaDAR with 2 SOTA activations as I am determined to get Sid to 700 SOTA points before the end of the year, 300 short of becoming a SOTAGoat.

We knew that the World Cup Rugby final would be played from 11:00 and that having chasers might be a problem, but decided to give it a go, we set off from home at 07:15 for the first RaDAR/SOTA station ZS/KN-345 grid locator KF49XJ48GW04 and within 9 minutes had activated the summit and Sid had his 5 contacts required for RaDAR, we were required to move to the next station but because we were activating the summit we stayed to give SOTA chasers the opportunity to get points as chasers.

Sid walked the required kilometre to the next location KF49XJ49U12, with Sid’s sister Beverly and myself following in the Toyota, once Sid was close to the kilometre spot we passed him to look for a spot to park off road a gentleman in a bakkie stopped to ask if Sid was alright and if he required a lift, makes one realize that we lived in a blessed country where people of all colours are inclined to be good, after the required QSOs

We broke up station and moved to the third location KF49WK83XF05 which was 6 kilometres away as this time we had decided to be mobile, once he had his 5 QSOs we packed up and took a coffee break.

I must say that after the rain we had on the South Coast it was extremely hot and dry in the Harding – Kokstad area and it was good to be in an air conditioned vehicle, by this time the rugby had started and it was exciting to listen to the rugby commentators on RSG, as we started driving up to ZS/KN-204 Klipspruit KF49UL35HI53 our final RaDAR station and second summit, Sid decided to walk the last kilometre to the activation zone. Once we had activated the summit and had the QSOs for the RaDAR, Beverly and I went to listen to the final 3 minutes of the Rugby while Sid chatted to ZS5CN in Underberg, we ended the day off with coffee and bread rolls.

We are passionate about SOTA and RaDAR and really enjoy the challenge, hiking/walking is the best but with Sid’s ankle I doubt that we will ever do long or difficult hikes again, but then Sid always surprises me.

We are grateful to everyone who chases us, wherever we find ourselves, whether it’s in a park, activating a Summit or participating in the RaDAR challenge

Cheers until the next RaDAR/SOTA challenge"

An inspirational RaDAR Challenge by Kobus ZS6BOS

Eddie Leighton
 

I'm usually quite despondent at the end of every RaDAR challenge but it's results like Kobus ZS6BOS's that give me renewed hope for RaDAR as it is presently defined. I was almost contemplating making it easier ..........

"Hi Eddie,

Hope you had a nice RaDAR Challenge, sorry I couldn't work you.

I left QTH at 04h02 utc and walked 1.4km to my first position (KG33TR05WV) and set up my 2m antenna and made my 5 contacts. Took a bit of time that early in the morning to make 5 contacts. :-)

Packed up and walked 1.2km to KG33TR25AE and setup my Nvis antenna and Hf radio. Made 3 quick contacts on 80m and 1 more on 2m and the last one on 80m again.

Got going to my next position (KG33TR17NP) a 1.3km walk and this time working on 40m. This time there where a bit more activity and people knew that I was doing the RaDAR CHALLENGE and made 5 contacts very quickly.

On to my next position (KG33TR15LS) 1.1km away and thought it to be my last. As it turned out it wasn't. I made my first contact with another RaDAR CHALLENGE station, Sid ZS5AYC and he was also on a Sota peak. Two birds with one stone. Made the rest of the contacts in 5 mins and suddenly had about 35 mins left.

Decided to do one more position (KG33TR23DP) 1km walk. Half ran it but was very tired by then. After setting up had about 7 min left and only managed 3 contacts. Last one at 07h58 utc.

Walked a total of 9.9 kms for the day. From my Qth and back.

Included one photo per position. No cameraman this time and no company. Walking is not for everyone"

73 de Eddie ZS6BNE

G0SBW's November Challenge

Thomas Robinson
 

Well, the WX was wet and very windy.  So operating /P from the camper van was the order of the day.

 

I planned to start operating at 12:00 UTC.  However I was at my first station, Martins Farm Country Park (JO01MT85TT) at about 11:30.  I set up the 20m  hamstack whip antenna and connected it to the FT857 at 50W SSB and listened.  20m was good so I decided to start my challenge there and then. I had QSOs at 11:41 — Portugal, 11:44 - Italy, 11:50 - South Carolina and 12:01 a Flora and Fauna station in Finland.  By then I was thinking the Challenge was going to be a piece of cake - how wrong I was!  At 12:00 UTC the bands went wild with a major contest starting.  Nothing but contest stations on 20/40.  After an hour I managed a QSO on 40m to make up my five QSOs at the location.  Almost by mistake I managed to work Peter in Northern Ireland who was SSB QRP with 3.5W from a very early issue FT817 to a low height NVIS antenna.  QRP NVIS to a very short vertical whip on 40m ??  I really enjoyed the QSO.  So I was only able to leave my first station just after 13:00 UTC. Based on my early QSO rate I had expected to leave just after 12:00.

 

I drove to my second station, the parking area at the Colne Point Nature Reserve (JO01MS64KW) and decided to try 17m.  Here I had a series of issues with the 857. Somewhat haphazardly it had long delays switching from transmit to receive on dropping the PTT switch.  Eventually after much plugging in and out of connectors and swapping hamsticks I did manage two QSOs, one with a station in the Ukraine and the other with a station near  Boulder, Colorado.  I was pleased with this last contact and because there was just 20 minutes or so to complete my four hour challenge period I decided to call it a day and make my way home whilst there was still reasonable daylight to drive over the rough road away from the nature reserve.

 

So, a worthwhile outing but, It should have been better.  A spray can of switch cleaner will be purchased tomorrow.

Tom G0SBW

Nov 2019 RaDAR Challenge - Sat, 11/02/2019 #cal-notice

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Nov 2019 RaDAR Challenge

When:
Saturday, 2 November 2019

Where:
Anywhere

Organizer:
LaneKG@...

Description:
See rules at http://radarops.co.za/index.php/radar-rules/

N4KGL's RaDAR Challenge Plans Saturday, Nov 2nd (Revised)

Greg Lane
 

Dennis WA6QKN and I will combine Rapid Deployment Radio (RaDAR), Parks On The Air (POTA), and Amateur Satellites along with a fun bike ride. All of this in Wakulla County, Florida. Rapid Deployment Amateur Radio combines the outdoors, amateur radio, and movement. You are welcome to try RaDAR in the field or chase us on the radioPlease check https://pota.us/ for our spots. We will use N4KGL as our callsign. In RaDAR we need at least five contacts to move to the next location. For bikes, we need to move at least two kilometers. Our bike rides will be longer to get from park to park.

 

Our four-hour clock for the challenge will start at 1300 UTC, 9 AM EDT, with the SO-50 pass at the Wakulla Station Trailhead on the Tallahassee St Marks Historic Rail Trail (POTA K-3661). We will complete our five contacts on HF and ride our bikes to Wakulla State Forrest (POTA K-4643). Then continue the bike ride to Wakulla Springs State Park (POTA K-1862). Our HF contacts will be CW or SSB on  40, 20, or 17 meters. Please watch for our spots on https://pota.us/#/ 


Our rig will be the Elecraft KX2 with the Elecraft KXPA100 amp. I will use a bike cart to pull the rig and a 30 AH Bioenno battery. The antenna will be a SOTABeams Band Hopper Link Dipole.


We may continue this pattern beyond four hours to qualify for one of the RaDAR Awards sponsored by Parks On The Air.


Warthog Award: two RaDAR* transitions at or between entities during a 24 hour period.
Rhino Award: three RaDAR* transitions at or between entities during a 24 hour period.
Cheetah Award: five RaDAR* transitions at or between entities during a 24 hour period
Ostrich Award: seven RaDAR* transitions at or between entities during a 24 hour period.
Leopard Award: ten RaDAR* transitions at or between entities during a 24 hour period.
Lion Award: twelve RaDAR* transitions at or between entities during a 24 hour period
 

RaDAR rules


Parks On The Air

https://parksontheair.com/  

 

Tallahassee St Marks Rail Trail

 

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Today's /PM Test

Thomas Robinson
 

Saturday, 2nd November, is the last RaDAR challenge of 2019.  If the WX is acceptable I plan to operate pedestrian mobile. Today the WX was OK so I went for a short walk to test my gear.  I covered about five kilometres in some two hours.  Was good to hear both 20m and 17m open, but not very good.  Operating with 10 W SSB from a KX3 to a 14’ (4.3m) whip I managed EW1BJ in Belarus, and TA0TA in Turkey on 20m.  On 17m I got SV6/F1RAF operating from IOTA EU075.

 

Not exactly a bagful of QSOs but I’m pleased the gear is still working OK after a longish layoff.

 

At this time of the year it gets dark early.  A couple of photos show the light at the start of the walk at 14:30Z and at the end at 16:30Z. It seems a 12:00Z to 16:00Z slot is required.  A couple more photos show the kit as packed for travelling to site and as about to be deployed.

Just hope this Saturday is  not a major European contest date:-(

Re: N4KGL's RaDAR Challenge Plans Saturday, Nov 2nd

Thomas Robinson
 

Good luck Greg.  Sounds like you are going to have great time!

I've been out today testing my /PM gear.  Pleased to report it still works - see later post!.  Unfortunately latest WX forecast here is 50% chance of rain.  Might have to be a campervan portable deployment.

Tom G0SBW

Re: N4KGL's RaDAR Challenge Plans Saturday, Nov 2nd

Greg Lane
 

TNX. You too!


On Tue, Oct 29, 2019, 11:52 AM Eddie Leighton <edleighton@...> wrote:
Good luck Greg, have fun!!!

73 de Eddie ZS6BNE

On Tue, Oct 29, 2019 at 6:48 PM Greg Lane <LaneKG@...> wrote:
All,

Dennis WA6QKN and I will combine Rapid Deployment Radio (RaDAR), Parks On The Air (POTA), and Amateur Satellites along with a fun bike ride on a rail trail. All of this in Wakulla County, Florida. You are welcome to try RaDAR in the field or chase us on the radioPlease check https://pota.us/ for our spots. Rapid Deployment Amateur Radio combines the outdoors, amateur radio, and movement. Our on the air call sign will be N4KGL.

At 1300 UTC, I will operate the SO-50 sat pass and then on to 40 meters HF from the San Marcos De Apalache State Park in St Marks, Florida. The park is POTA K-3652 and the grid square is EM70vd. Note, we need at least one SO-50 contact for the RaDAR sat bonus. We need at least five contacts to leave for the next stop. We will probably try for at least ten contacts to get the POTA activation.

Next, we will transition 7.5 miles on bikes over the St Marks to Tallahassee Rail Trail to the Wakulla Station Trailhead. This is six times the required distance for RaDAR but it will be a fun ride.

Around 1530 UTC, we will operate HF CW or SSB on 40, 20 or 17 meters from the Wakulla Station. The rail trail is POTA K-3661 and the station is at grid square EM70vf.

Then we will ride our bikes back to St Marks.

Note 1300 UTC is 9 AM EDT and 8 AM CDT.

RaDAR rules

POTA Spots

San Marcos State Park

Tallahassee St Marks Rail Trail

 

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Re: N4KGL's RaDAR Challenge Plans Saturday, Nov 2nd

Eddie Leighton
 

Good luck Greg, have fun!!!

73 de Eddie ZS6BNE

On Tue, Oct 29, 2019 at 6:48 PM Greg Lane <LaneKG@...> wrote:
All,

Dennis WA6QKN and I will combine Rapid Deployment Radio (RaDAR), Parks On The Air (POTA), and Amateur Satellites along with a fun bike ride on a rail trail. All of this in Wakulla County, Florida. You are welcome to try RaDAR in the field or chase us on the radioPlease check https://pota.us/ for our spots. Rapid Deployment Amateur Radio combines the outdoors, amateur radio, and movement. Our on the air call sign will be N4KGL.

At 1300 UTC, I will operate the SO-50 sat pass and then on to 40 meters HF from the San Marcos De Apalache State Park in St Marks, Florida. The park is POTA K-3652 and the grid square is EM70vd. Note, we need at least one SO-50 contact for the RaDAR sat bonus. We need at least five contacts to leave for the next stop. We will probably try for at least ten contacts to get the POTA activation.

Next, we will transition 7.5 miles on bikes over the St Marks to Tallahassee Rail Trail to the Wakulla Station Trailhead. This is six times the required distance for RaDAR but it will be a fun ride.

Around 1530 UTC, we will operate HF CW or SSB on 40, 20 or 17 meters from the Wakulla Station. The rail trail is POTA K-3661 and the station is at grid square EM70vf.

Then we will ride our bikes back to St Marks.

Note 1300 UTC is 9 AM EDT and 8 AM CDT.

RaDAR rules

POTA Spots

San Marcos State Park

Tallahassee St Marks Rail Trail

 

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N4KGL's RaDAR Challenge Plans Saturday, Nov 2nd

Greg Lane
 

All,

Dennis WA6QKN and I will combine Rapid Deployment Radio (RaDAR), Parks On The Air (POTA), and Amateur Satellites along with a fun bike ride on a rail trail. All of this in Wakulla County, Florida. You are welcome to try RaDAR in the field or chase us on the radioPlease check https://pota.us/ for our spots. Rapid Deployment Amateur Radio combines the outdoors, amateur radio, and movement. Our on the air call sign will be N4KGL.

At 1300 UTC, I will operate the SO-50 sat pass and then on to 40 meters HF from the San Marcos De Apalache State Park in St Marks, Florida. The park is POTA K-3652 and the grid square is EM70vd. Note, we need at least one SO-50 contact for the RaDAR sat bonus. We need at least five contacts to leave for the next stop. We will probably try for at least ten contacts to get the POTA activation.

Next, we will transition 7.5 miles on bikes over the St Marks to Tallahassee Rail Trail to the Wakulla Station Trailhead. This is six times the required distance for RaDAR but it will be a fun ride.

Around 1530 UTC, we will operate HF CW or SSB on 40, 20 or 17 meters from the Wakulla Station. The rail trail is POTA K-3661 and the station is at grid square EM70vf.

Then we will ride our bikes back to St Marks.

Note 1300 UTC is 9 AM EDT and 8 AM CDT.

RaDAR rules

POTA Spots

San Marcos State Park

Tallahassee St Marks Rail Trail

 

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Re: The Nov 2nd, 2019 RaDAR Challenge is coming up!

Thomas Robinson
 

WX forecast for Saturday is Cloudy and 18% chance rain  If WX is reasonable I will be out /PM.  If not will utilise Horace (my 25 year old VW camper van) at /P locations.

Just got back from three week visit to S.W. Germany and  North Portugal - so a little bit jaded.  However the sun is shining today (and hopefully tomorrow).  Also 17m is open - so am charging up the NiMH packs and hope to do a little /PM tomorrow.  Best to check everything is working - its been a long time idle

73  Tom G0SBW

Upcoming Event: Nov 2019 RaDAR Challenge - Sat, 11/02/2019 #cal-reminder

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Reminder: Nov 2019 RaDAR Challenge

When: Saturday, 2 November 2019

Where:Anywhere

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Description: See rules at http://radarops.co.za/index.php/radar-rules/

Re: The Nov 2nd, 2019 RaDAR Challenge is coming up!

Thomas Robinson
 

Hope to give it a go. Will post intentions nearer the date. Eddie, it’s interesting you are no longer a Ziegu operator.  Good luck with the old and reliable


On 21 Oct 2019, at 13:32, Greg Lane <lanekg@...> wrote:


Eddie,

I am glad you got your radio settled out. Your RaDAR wave is still going! 

Thanks,

Greg N4KGL

On Sun, Oct 20, 2019 at 2:44 AM Eddie Leighton <edleighton@...> wrote:
Hi Greg,

I'll be active. Luckily I have a 817 setup again and dumped the Xeigu :) Thanks for all the promotions.

Thanks too for all your inspiring videos.

73 de Eddie ZS6BNE

On Sat, Oct 19, 2019 at 3:32 PM Greg Lane <LaneKG@...> wrote:
Who is taking the challenge?


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Greg N4KGL