Nov 4th 2017 RaDAR Challenge

Greg Lane

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

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


Greg N4KGL

Get Ready for the Next RaDAR Challenge July 15 2017

Greg Lane

See details on the July 15th RaDAR Challenge at


Greg N4KGL

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

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!

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.

ZS6BNE subscribed to RaDAR at groups. Io

Eddie Leighton

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

73 de Eddie zs6bne 

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 

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