An event aimed at promoting the use of Rapid Deployable Amateur Radio
(RaDAR) stations and antennas, preferably without relying on normal
mains power (Eskom). This contest is for everyone, at home, mobile or in
the field. Any mode can be used CW, SSB, AM, FM or any digital mode.
Any amateur band or Satellite can be used. The points system is so structured
as to encourage portable operation. Score multipliers are used to
reward and favour the Portable / RaDAR stations using temporary antennas
and alternative power supply sources.
2. Date and Time
First Saturday of November (3 November 2012), starting at 12:00 UTC and ending at 18:00 UTC (14:00
CAT to 20:00 CAT (6 hours = Approximately 4 during the day and 2 at
3. Bands and Modes
All amateur bands allowed including cross band contacts via amateur
satellites. QSOs via terrestrial repeaters will NOT be allowed. Modes –
All amateur modes.
4. Suggested HF Calling frequencies
Band CW Phone Notes
160 m 1836 kHz 1845 kHz Class A1, A2 only
80 m 3560 kHz 3690 kHz Class A1, A2 only
40 m 7030 kHz 7090 kHz Class A1, A2 only
20 m 14080 kHz 14240 kHz
15 m 21080 kHz 21350 kHz
10 m 28060 kHz 28360 kHz Class A1, A2 only
5. Recommended digital modes frequencies
Refer to (GR 16)
The South African Radio League
The 2012 SARL Contest Manual – Blue Book, Issue 10 Page 43 of 73
Call sign, Name, Report (RST), QTH and grid locator
If the grid locator is not known, then some other information that could
describe the location, e.g. Mabula Lodge, 40 km west of Warmbaths
1 point per QSO
1 QSO per mode, per band / satellite, per call sign.
The following multipliers are applicable to determine the final score.
X 1 – Home station
X 2 – Field station
X 3 – RaDAR station (Refer to Para 10 below)
The definitions listed in the general section of the SARL rules define the
above stations types accurately;
A mobile station will be treated as a field station
A portable station not meeting the requirements as a field station will be
treated as a home station.
The power multiplier that applies is determined by the highest power
output of any of the transmitters used during the contest.
5 watts or less the power multiplier is 6.
6 to 50 Watts, the power multiplier is 4.
51 watts or greater, the power multiplier is 2.
The South African Radio League
The 2012 SARL Contest Manual – Blue Book, Issue 10 Page 44 of 73
9. Bonus points for Portable and RaDAR stations
5 Points (Equivalent to five QSOs) for a minimum of one satellite or any
digital mode QSO involving a computer. (For clarity: Thereafter 1 point
per Satellite / Digital modes QSO)
10. What constitutes a true RaDAR Station
To be considered as a true RaDAR station, the entire station equipment,
radios, batteries, mast, antennas and refreshments must be easily portable
and hence the need to carry the equipment for at least 1 km prior
to setting up.
For the sake of safety, it will be acceptable to carry / backpack your entire
station for a distance of at least 1 km and end up where you started
from – your home, campsite, picnic site, motor vehicle or wherever you
choose to operate from.
11. Log Sheets
The Lichtenberg Amateur Radio Club (LARK)
PO Box 410, Lichtenburg, 2740
E-mail entries – edleighton[at]gmail.com
The closing date for logs is 18 November 2012.
Note: A photo of the station (JPG format) MUST accompany every log
73 de Eddie ZS6BNE
SARL member. Radio ZS Contributor. Licenced since 1975
Rapid Deployment Amateur Radio