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Welcome to the RaDAR Rapid Deployment Amateur Radio Group

Greg Lane
 

RaDAR originated in South Africa headed up by Eddie ZS6BNE.There is a growing worldwide participation in the RaDAR concept. What makes RaDAR totally different to other amateur radio activities is the requirement to move quickly from one point to another and to communicate from each deployment position. It is a prerequisite within the RaDAR Challenge to move after every 5 QSO’s before further contacts are allowed. The RaDAR Challenge occurs three times each year on the first Saturday of April and November and the second Saturday of July. RaDAR is multi disciplined and promotes the use of all methods of communications available to radio amateurs from voice modes through to the digital modes including the use of satellite communications. RaDAR has much in common with other portable operating communities like HFPack and the World Wide Fauna and Flora WWFF, Also visit the RaDAR Community on Google+ See https://plus.google.com/u/0/communities/109283065808971118728 

Please share your RaDAR operations here. Questions about portable operating are welcome.

ZS6BNE subscribed to RaDAR at groups. Io

Eddie Leighton
 

Hi Greg, thanks for the invitation. Let's see how groups.io can work for us. 

73 de Eddie zs6bne 

Welcome New Members to the RaDAR Group

Greg Lane
 

An intro post is encouraged with first name and callsign. I am Greg N4KGL. I enjoy portable ops and RaDAR has taught me a lot. It is a stress test for my gear and operating skills. I am lucky to live in Northwest Florida. There are a number of parks with saltwater on the shoreline.

New Member to the RaDAR Group

Tom, KK7BQ
 

Have made many HF contacts while operating mobile or portable, and enjoy that portion of the hobby while adding to my emergency preparedness skills. The handle is Tom and my call is KK7BQ (Here's my blog). When I first started out, texting while driving wasn't heard of. I did CW and drive until one day a quick left turn while my key was not strapped down sent it flying across the truck cab and bent the paddles, it has not been the same since. I am in the process of fixing up an old laptop with Ubuntu Linux based on recommendations from the Ubuntu Hams group so that I may add digital signal capabilities. My original radio training was in ComSec in the U.S. Marines so many years ago that the then existing hardware is considered obsolete by today's standards. Happy memories. Today I am a Cyber Security technical analyst. Besides CW and SSB in the HF arena, and a burgeoning digital interest, I do enjoy accessing our many VHF and UHF repeaters in the Phoenix Arizona area and when traveling. I have been known to help with local communications involved with community events.

Greetings to everyone here and look forward to taking part in RaDaR!

Rapid Deployment Amateur Radio (RaDAR) Challenge

Greg Lane
 

Eddie Leighton, ZS6BNE, has announced that on April 1st 2017, from 00:00 UTC to 23:59 UTC, the next international ham radio RaDAR Challenge will take place. This challenge is different to any other in the world.

Choose a 4 hour window in the 24 hours to make as many contacts as you can. But what is different here and what you need to take into account, is you need to move your station after every 5 contacts for a particular distance depending on how you move. This applies to RaDAR moving stations only. You may want to take part as a fixed RaDAR station or field station. Your choice!

Don't forget you need to think of hydration and food for energy, especially for the "on foot" operators.

The 2017 South African Radio League's contest manual spells out the challenge quite nicely. The link is 
http://www.sarl.org.za/Web3/Members/DoDocDownload.
aspx?X=20161222085537waqSliCvbT.PDF

Get Ready for the Next RaDAR Challenge July 15 2017

Greg Lane
 

See details on the July 15th RaDAR Challenge at

http://www.n4kgl.info/2017/07/get-ready-for-next-radar-challenge-iuly.html

Thanks,

Greg N4KGL

Get Ready for the Next RaDAR Challenge Nov 4th 2017

Greg Lane
 


The RaDAR Challenge is a unique portable operating experience. See the details at 

http://www.n4kgl.info/2017/10/get-ready-for-november-4th-2017-radar.html

Let me know if you will be operating portable on November 4th or chasing RaDAR stations.

Thanks,

Greg N4KGL


Nov 4th 2017 RaDAR Challenge

Greg Lane
 

Upcoming RaDAR Challenge Nov 3rd 2018

Greg Lane
 
Edited

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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73's Pat  N5VMO


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.