Temperatures this morning were still cool(-10c) when I got up but the sun was starting to shine nice through the tree's.
was looking forward to the RaDAR event as well as the regular gathering
of HFPack, HFNow and RaDAR gang that will congregate on or near 18157.5
once again donned my favorite rig, the PRC-104, with the Chameleon
Whip, a 10'7" counterpoise and headed out around the property.
I then came in the house for a
minute and noted that Paul W0RW was portable with his Green Radio on
18.088, so I tuned the PRC-104 down to 18.088 and put the leg key on and
worked Paul, we were both 599 reports so great signals on 17 meters.
about an hour outside I was happy with the contacts I made and the
propagation conditions as well as teh weather outside as I was able to
operate with no gloves on again today.
So thanks to Budd, Warren,
Paul and of course the RaDAR gang for being on the air and playing radio
and going portable, thus the Rapid Deployment Amateur Radio group.
weekend, April 3rd and 4th (0000z-2359z) will be the 24 Hr. RaDAR event
and I will be out portable for that one as well operating SSB,CW and
RaDAR Information Below:
“Challenge” is a unique event aimed at promoting the use of Rapidly
Deployable Amateur Radio stations. This challenge is for all licensed
radio amateurs not limited to South Africa. A RaDAR operator can take
part in any of the three defined categories (see point 7) which may be
changed at any time during the challenge. The
points system is so
structured as to encourage portable RaDAR operations, especially
moveable RaDAR stations. Moveable RaDAR stations rely on fixed and
portable stations as a point of contact using channelised frequencies.
“Search and pounce” techniques are also allowed.
2. Date and Time
From 00:00 UTC to 23:59 UTC on Saturday 4 April 2015 and from 00:00 UTC
to 23:59 UTC on Saturday 7 November 2015 - 24 hours will give equal
opportunity to the international community of RaDAR operators. RaDAR
operators can define their own operating time schedule or remain active
for the full 24 hours.
3. Bands and Modes
All amateur bands are allowed including cross band contacts via amateur radio satellites.
Modes – CW, SSB, AM, FM or any legal digital mode. QSOs via terrestrial repeaters will NOT be allowed.
4. Suggested HF calling frequencies
for the latest international list of frequencies. The WARC bands can be
used considering this is a RaDAR Challenge and not a contest as such. It
provides better opportunities for Ra-
DAR contacts during difficult propagation conditions.
Recommended digital modes frequencies – Refer to the South African Radio League Contest Manual, General Rule 15.
The RaDAR challenge requires more than a minimalistic information
exchange. Accurate information exchange is considered more important
than a large QSO count.
Call sign, name, RS(T) report, QTH and grid
locator. Note the grid locator can change as RaDAR operators are allowed
to move position at any time. The grid locator of six characters is
acceptable but should preferably be accurate to 10 characters for higher
position accuracy. Smartphone applications are generally used to
establish more than a 6-character grid locator. If working
non-participating stations, call sign, name, RST and QTH is acceptable.
1 point per QSO.
Individual QSOs – per mode, per band, per satellite, per call sign.
If the moving RaDAR station has moved the required distance (see point
7) contact can be made with a previously worked station, again.
7. Categories and multipliers
The following multipliers are applicable to determine the final score.
If category/mode of transport changes were made during the challenge,
than calculate accordingly.
X 1 – RaDAR Fixed station (At home or in another building)
X 2 – RaDAR Field station (Portable – away from home)
X 3 – Moving RaDAR station – See modes of transport below.
Modes of transport and required movement distances (moving RaDAR stations only)
Vehicles, motorcycles and motorboats etc. (Motorised transport) – 6 km
Bicycles – 2 km
On foot and paddle canoes – 1 km
Wheelchairs – 500 m
Aeronautical mobile stations are considered moving stations and can communicate at any convenient time.
Note: Moving RaDAR stations can move at any time but are required to
move to the next destination after five contacts have been made from the
present location. The move needs to cover the required distance before
further contacts are allowed to be made. This requirement tests the
ability to rapidly re-deploy your amateur radio field station.
9. Bonus points (All categories)
Five (5) points (The equivalent of five QSOs) for a minimum of one
satellite or any digital modes QSO involving a computer, smartphone or
digital modes device. (For clarity thereafter 1 point per Satellite /
Digital modes QSO).
Five (5) points for the first successful same
continent RaDAR to RaDAR QSO (As may be confirmed by the extensive
Five (5) points for the first intercontinental (DX) QSO
Ten (10) points for the first successful inter continental (DX) RaDAR
to RaDAR QSO (As may be confirmed by the extensive information
10. Log Sheets
Log sheets must be submitted by 14 April 2015 and 17 November 2015 and sent by e-mail to email@example.com.
for a log sheet specifically designed for the 2015 RaDAR contest.
Note: A photo of the station (JPG format) MUST accompany every log
entry. A photo is required for each new location that moveable stations
visit. These photos are used to promote amateur radio and the RaDAR
concept showing where amateur radio can be used to communicate from and
in the many different ways.
The "Ice Man"