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Thursday, December 5, 2013

Looking at the RaDAR

In November, I had fewer RaDAR outings due to weather and Thanksgiving Holiday. Below is the month in reverse order. Definitely, the highlight was the Nov 2nd RaDAR contest. See details here. I operated at two locations in St Andrews State Park near Panama City FL. It is fun to operate a few feet from the surf. I was taking advantage of the saltwater effect. As I had experimented with end fed half waves in October, I wanted to get back the the Alexloop as you can see below. I also pulled out my Wilderness SST 20 rig and made a compact RaDAR Kit.

The Rapid Deployment Amater Radio Community continues to grow to 148 members.. We are blessed to have Eddie ZS6BNE in South Africa, Tom Robinson and Lucy in the UK, John Corby VA3KOT in Canada and Manfred DJ1SJ in Germany not to mention the state side hams.  Visit the RaDAR Google Plus CommunityRaDAR is Rapid Deployment Amateur Radio originated by ZS6BNE.

On December 7th we are having a RaDAR On-The-Air meetup on 14.342.5 MHz, 16:30 UTC, USB. Adjust for QRM. Call CQ RaDAR. Home, mobile, and portable stations are welcome. Suggest using /M, /P or /PM if allowed in your country. Exchange grid squares. Just for fun not a contest.

Greg N4KGL

Nov 29 N4KGL had RaDAR Lunch at EM70CE82. On 20 meter s CW I worked AE0SL in Hugo, MN briefly, then KE7GKM in Boise ID. The rig was a Wilderness SST 3 watts and End Fed Half Wave. WX was Sunny 58 degrees F. 73s!

Nov 23 RaDAR kit. Rig is Wilderness SST 20 I built. It is 14.058 plus or minus 7 khz. Antenna is half wave and tuner is Hendricks SOTA. Key is french made and rumored to be type used by South African Army. Contesting going on right now. Very simple and will fit in small bag. N4KGL

Nov 17 N4KGL EM70EG21 Lynn Haven FL at park by the bay. 17 meters SSB WB8DDV in MO, WB8DDV in MI, W8EQB in IL, On 17 CW KK4EIS in VA QRP and 10 meters CW W8BHS in AZ. Nice outing with KX3 and Alexloop.

Nov 14 EM70CE RaDAR Lunch FB day working Larry W2LJ at lunch in NJ and Pete N0OY/PM in KS both 14.060. Enjoyed it! N4KGL

Nov 11 EM70DF90RB N4KGL 1st QSO was 45 min long with Al W0ERE in MO on 18.125 KD2JC NJ on 21.050 and 14.052 XE3ARV on 10.108 KC4HCH on 7.050 and happily RaDAR Pat N5VMO TX on 7.050 The Alexloop did great job today 73 N4KGL

Nov 2 RaDAR Contest EM70DD21HV  WD0HBR AL WB4BLX FL KK4QAM AL on 40 meter CW and KG4ITD FL W4IMH FL on 2 meter simplex.

Nov 2 RaDAR Contest EM70DD31KK K5RYI TX AC0DK KS W4VSP VA WB4BLX FL on 20 meter CW and N0GES IA on 20 meter PSK