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Re: QSO Today Ham Expo Saltwater Amplifier/Effect Talks This Weekend

Thomas Robinson
 

Hi All
For those of you who did not manage to attend the Ham Expo here is a link to a utube version of my presentation.  Beware - it is 34 minutes long!  if you watch it on a mobile phone you might have problems as the video stops after 15 minutes - maybe some inbuilt time limit on phones?

https://youtu.be/Py4FX8fvcwk

cheers, Tom

QSO Today Ham Expo Saltwater Amplifier/Effect Talks This Weekend

Greg Lane
 

Learn how operating near the saltwater shore can enhance your portable operating experience!

Tom Robinson Saltwater Amplifier Track 2 Saturday 8 August 3:15 pm CDT

Greg Lane Saltwater Effect Track 2 Sunday 9 August 1:15 pm CD


Register for the expo at

73,

Greg

Re: RaDAR Update

Eddie Leighton
 

Hi Greg,

Glad to see you and Dennis had fun during the challenge again.

There are not many reports after each challenge but I have received a few very interesting ones which I will include in my monthly RaDAR report in the SARL's Radio ZS publication. I will share it on my blog too.

The best way to spread the word of RaDAR is by example which you and many others have been doing for years. Really awesome!

My challenge using the sats went pretty well too. The long grid locator is always a challenge. It's easier though among RaDAR operators who understand the reason why, accurate information exchange other than 59/9 :)


Looking forward to sharing all the stories !

Kind regards,

Eddie, ZS6BNE


RaDAR Update

Greg Lane
 

Dennis WA6QKN and I got in three stops and 15 contacts under some toasty sunshine at Opal Beach on Santa Rosa Island. Thirteen of those contacts were on 17 meters. Hearing 17 open and making contacts with ten watts and a magnetic loop was fun. It helped to spot ourselves on the Parks On The Air Site.

The rig was an Icom 703, and the antenna was the Alexloop. That meant we had a light pack up for our one-kilometer walk between stops. There were a fair number of folks having fun on the Santa Rosa Sound beach. They were curious about our operations and seemed impressed. 

We worked Bud W3FF, a notable ham in California. Our best contact was stumbling upon Chris VA3ECO. He was doing RaDAR from his motorboat on the big lake where he lives on an island in Ontario. Chris winters here in Panama City Beach and is a member of Panama City ARC.

So RaDAR outings are still a blast, and my bet that we could get by with lighter gear paid off even at the solar cycle minimum. This could be a sign the higher HF bands are on their way back

Thanks, 

Greg N4KGL

Re: KC3TOM after action report.

Greg Lane
 

Excellent Video Tom. RaDAR in the woods Cool! Congrats on your RaDAR Outting.

Greg

On Sat, Jul 11, 2020 at 9:52 PM KC3TOM <tom.pghmtb@...> wrote:
Had a great day out despite the weather.  I put a little effort into making a video.  I was on foot and made 39 contacts, although I only would get credit for 15, as I was only at 3 locations, but I had some pile-ups and didn't want to cut people off.

Enjoy the video.
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=FNIvz22F_Q4

Re: KC3TOM after action report.

KC3TOM
 

Sorry the video was marked private.  Fixed now.

KC3TOM after action report.

KC3TOM
 

Had a great day out despite the weather.  I put a little effort into making a video.  I was on foot and made 39 contacts, although I only would get credit for 15, as I was only at 3 locations, but I had some pile-ups and didn't want to cut people off.

Enjoy the video.
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=FNIvz22F_Q4

Re: G0SBW's Challenge Reort - July 2020

Thomas Robinson
 

Here is the short movie referred to in the previous post

G0SBW's Challenge Reort - July 2020

Thomas Robinson
 

A difficult day for the challenge with the IARU contest.  Also I had family visiting under the Covid19, lockdown “bubble”arrangements.  Following test on Friday I decided to operate for a couple of hours in the morning on 40m before the start of the contest at 12:00 UTC.  This would give me time to be back home before my visitors arrived.  I also planned to operate on 17m in the late afternoon to try to give a RaDAR to RaDAR QSO to  operators in N. America.

 

So, Was atomy first station at about 07:30 UTC. After about an hour I had my five QSOs and made my way on foot to station 2, one kilometre away.  Here I managed four QSOS before deciding to head back home to meet my guests.  Actually thought I had made 5 QSOs - clerical error!.

 

I got home a few minutes after the guests arrived.

 

My experience on 40m was mixed.  There was  lots of European  activity.  Many  QRO + nets and long chatty QSOs going on.  My QRP SSB CQ calls  did not attract any takers.  I found the best qso chances with Flora and Fauna stations.

 

I did venture out for an hour late afternoon to see if I could work any RaDAR stations on 17m.  !7m was very flat - no intercontinental stations whatsoever and only two or three audible European stations.  I had QSOs with two of them.  They gave me surprising ly good signal reports in view of my10W to a 3metre vertical backpack mounted antenna.

 

Attached to this post are photos of stations 1 and 2 of this mornings Radar Challenge, a Strava track of my route and an extract of my QRZ log - only 9 contacts.  Also attached is my log of this afternoons outing on 17m.  A very short video of me CQing, this afternoon, on the 17m HF pack frequency will be in the next post

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