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RaDAR Challenge - November 7th, 2020


Greg Lane
 

The next RaDAR Challenge is Nov 7th, 2020, UTC. RaDAR is Rapid Deployment Amateur Radio. Movement is encouraged between portable 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/   Portable operators and chasers are welcome to participate.  Make your plans and share!.

Thanks,

Greg N4KGL


John Roy
 

A quick question, and maybe I'm being obtuse... Is the movement distance requirement "as the crow flies" or the actual route distance? I'm only asking as I can't find the answer anywhere.


Eddie Leighton
 

The distance travelled. You could land up close to where you started. It's simply about packing up and redeploying again. The distance vs method of transport is just to build in some fairness. Have fun and good luck to all participants.

73 de Eddie ZS6BNE 

On Thu, 29 Oct 2020, 06:24 John Roy, <johnroy71@...> wrote:
A quick question, and maybe I'm being obtuse... Is the movement distance requirement "as the crow flies" or the actual route distance? I'm only asking as I can't find the answer anywhere.


rogerconroy@...
 

It's distance travelled. Your route can even be circular to return to a previously used spot. Start in your backyard, go around the block, return to your yard. As long as you carry your entire station that is a "legitimate" move.


Thomas Robinson
 

Hope to be out, one way or another, depending on WX.  Maybe even have a dabble with CW this time,  These last few days the bands have been opening up, so maybe, a chance for intercontinental contacts!!

73 All
Tom G0SBW


dl2dve@...
 

Hi Tom,

would be great to work you..    R2R within Europe -   20m at 14.059 probably will do the job or we try 7.029.5  or 10.115 ?   I plan to be out in afternoon.  HW ?

73 andy DL2DVE


Thomas Robinson
 

Hi Andy

Thanks for the message.  Yes a QSO with you will be great.  If the WX is OK I might be operating pedestrian mobile so 14.059 would better suit my backpack mounted vertical whip.  if WX is bad I will be /p from my old Volkswagen camper van 40 and 20 will be ok.  Intercontinental DX with N.America is fine afternoon European time.  I plan to operate  from 12:00 UTC to 16:00 UTC so will look out for you - maybe a specific time?

If /PM will be using a KX3.  If /P will use a Yaesu FT 857

73. Tom G0SBW


dl2dve@...
 

Hi Tom,

sounds good - how about 13:00 UTC, 14.059 ?  If it does not work, we could try 7.029.5  just 10min later ?  (Close to the busy SOTA QRG 7.032, but let's try).   And perhaps repeat that  every hour, or every 30min, for the re-deployments ?   Others could join too.   We may share any DX..   My base plan was to walk - good idea to use the car if it rains.

73 andy DL2DVE


Thomas Robinson
 
Edited

As of today. England, has gone Into severe corona virus lockdown with  restrictions on travel, socialising etc.  I will not, therefore, be taking part in the challenge this month.  I will however,  be listening for RaDAR ops at my home QTH.  Good luck to all who do manage to take part in the challenge

73 Tom G0SBW


Greg Lane
 

Sorry to hear that, Tom  Stay safe!

Greg N4KGL

On Thu, Nov 5, 2020, 10:15 AM Thomas Robinson via groups.io <g0sbw=btinternet.com@groups.io> wrote:
As of today. Englan, has gone Into severe corona virus lockdown with  restrictions on travel, socialising etc.  I will not, therefore, be taking part in the challenge this month.  I will however,  be listening for RaDAR ops at my home QTH.  Good luck to all who do manage to take part in the challenge

73 Tom G0SBW


dl2dve@...
 

That's a pity Tom, hope for a QSO with your Home Shack Station ! WX forecast here is dry (but cold).  73 andy DL2DVE


Mark Wickens
 

I am planning on walking to a SOTA summit from my house tomorrow, and may well have my first attempt at the RADAR challenge with stops on the way and back. The summit is on the other side of Lake Windermere which means I have to take a ferry as a foot passenger there and back. Probably quite unique!

I will be using an FT-817 with SOTABeams Quad-band dipole on a 6m lightweight mast. 40m will probably be my go-to band.

Regards, Mark.


Thomas Robinson
 

Will listen out for you guys.  Remember - call CQ RaDAR!


dl2dve@...
 

Hi Mark,

 

Would be great to have a RaDAR 2 RaDAR QSO with you – what time and mode do you plan to activate ?   Would check the SOTA Watch – what is your callsign ?  73 andy DL2DVE

 

Von: RaDAR@groups.io [mailto:RaDAR@groups.io] Im Auftrag von Mark Wickens
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I am planning on walking to a SOTA summit from my house tomorrow, and may well have my first attempt at the RADAR challenge with stops on the way and back. The summit is on the other side of Lake Windermere which means I have to take a ferry as a foot passenger there and back. Probably quite unique!

I will be using an FT-817 with SOTABeams Quad-band dipole on a 6m lightweight mast. 40m will probably be my go-to band.

Regards, Mark.


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dl2dve@...
 

Hi all,

have just sent my log to Eddie, here is the short report:

For the 7.Nov 2020 challenge I decided to walk, and selected a few places beforehand close to my QTH. Main target was to contact other RaDAR operators and to try R2R DX, so I took with me not only the IC-706 (100W) and the 2m long (high) Vertical, but also the 10m long vertical EFHW for 20m with a 12m mast. Spent quite some time to figure out how to contact M0NOM after I left house without e-mail…   Finally we got a very nice R2R QSO on 20m SSB.  Could hear N4KGL on 14.062 with 229…339 with the short antenna – this motivated me to assemble the large one. It was my priority so I gave up to walk to the 3rd site.  But could not copy Greg at his 2nd stop on 20m SSB as there was European QRM.  Have two sites activated (less than my plan), but the main target R2R was achieved, with Mark M0NOM/P.  Temp was 5 deg C, no rain.

 

Overall 2 deployments with 14 QSOs - 40m CW, 20m CW and SSB, 2m FM, one EU-R2R and one DX-Contact to US - it was fun !   73 andy DL2DVE


Mark Wickens
 

I enjoyed my first radar challenge, but didn't read the rules properly and so didn't optimize my points for sure!

I have written up my radio activities for the day here.

I have pasted my log below, but I didn't add up the points. I think I have 5 points for the first deployment, 0 for deployment 2 (not enough QSOs) and 0 for deployment 3 (not enough QSOs). However I did get a same continent RaDAR to RaDAR with Andy above, so that is 5 extra points. Not sure whether that 5 points is included in the multiplier. if it is then I think I have 10 x 3 (bonus for walking) = 30 points, otherwise I have 25 points (5x3)+5.

Would be great if someone could clarify this, before I send off my log sheet.
Also great to hear if anyone else ventured out and how they got on.

Regards, Mark. M0NOM


Thomas Robinson
 

Well done Mark.  I thought I would follow you on RBN and try for a QSO.  Unfortunately I could not remember/find your callsign, so that did not work out.

Very nice article on the Wainwright's page!

Please drop a line to this RaDAR page next time you are out (SOTA or otherwise) and I will try again for a QSO

Tom G0SBW


Thomas Robinson
 

Hi Andy.  Sorry I missed you on Saturday.  Early in the day I checked your RBN spot.  I saw your speed was way above my capability,  but we could try again next time you are out.  If CW about 10WPM please :-)

Cheers, Tom G0SBW


Eddie Leighton
 

Hi guys,

I had fun with the IC-7200 doing RaDAR on Saturday. Here is my report.


73 de Eddie ZS6BNE


John Roy
 

I spent a bit on Friday packing my IC-705, camp stool and vertical antenna with radials on my bike. I was counting on using digital modes to make up for my QRP approach. Also I have never operated SSB very much and I don’t know Morse code. Saturday I grabbed my Surface Go and threw it and some snacks into my backpack. I rode to a clearing a couple of miles away and began to set up. And realized that I had not packed my USB cable. I made a few SSB contacts, but I was not really prepared for that. Also the vertical setup isn’t ideal for band hopping and chasing contacts. I like the idea of the omnidirectionality, but I use a 17ft telescoping vertical. Great when lots of activity is 20m and up. Not when my conditions were variable and 40m was in play. I didn’t like swapping my coil in and out. I would rather use a 40m-10m doublet or end fed with a tuner. Or a mag loop. Really looking at an Alexloop or an AL-705 but is haven’t ever used one. But it was fun anyway. Spend a few hours out by myself on a beautiful day. And it definitely motivated me for next time!