SKCC 5123T----- FISTS 14979----- Flying Pigs 2331----- NAQCC 3610-----QRP ARCI 14176-----Polar Bear 257

Monday, September 21, 2015

RaDAR in a Waning Sunspot Cycle

RaDAR Operators will have to adjust as we approach the bottom of this sunspot cycle 24. frequencies above 20 meters will less frequently support sky wave propagation. The Alexloop is excellent on 17, 15 12 and 10 meters. However yesterday I had success on 40 and 30 meters. We are going to rely more on those bands now. 

Sunday, I setup at Kinsaul Park in Lynn Haven Florida at EM70EG00SF. I wanted to be as simple and light as possible. I have started dreaming or planning for my RaDAR Challenge outing coming up on November 7th, I put up the trusty Alexloop on a tripod and set the Elecraft KX3 and the ground. This was about 3:30 pm.

My first contact was a special event station in Mexico XE719SEP. The station was on 17 meters. However, it was the only signal on the band. Then I went to 40 CW. I was pleased to Worked Rome, Georgia and Defuniak Springs, Florida. I had a good chat with both stations. I find 40 meter stations 300 miles or less are easy to work on the Alexloop. I made a call to W9ZN in Chicago with no luck. Then on to 30 meters I worked Ohio and Maryland. 

This made five contacts by about 5:30. Well time to go to supper. I was lucky there were hams on 40 meters that were relatively local. The dipoles and end-feds do well of course but they take more time to deploy than a magnetic loop. So consider what you will do for RaDAR deployments for the lower bands.

Radar is Rapid Deployment Amateur Radio. The next RaDAR Challenge is November 7th 2015.