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.