My son is coming to visit this weekend and we will be starting with the RaDAR promotional movie.
The following guidelines are applicable:
The true intent of RaDAR
RaDAR – Rapid Deployment Amateur Radio
Rapidly deployed, easily moveable (objects), amateur radio stations.
The concept of objects came from one of my initial RaDAR logo designs where the pyramid stood for fixed stations, the cube for portable stations and the blue ball for mobile or on foot stations.
A discussion group of Hams preferred the logo of the “on foot” operator. The colour scheme was chosen among many examples and it has since been accepted as the official RaDAR logo.
Everyone is included and each has a function. All objects rely on each other for a complete and effective communications structure but are able to operate independently.
The emphasis on RADAR is mobility or on moveable stations no matter what the object or category.
In 2013, mobility was built into the rules of the contest requiring stations to move after every five contacts. This applies to mobile and on foot operators only. (Fixed and portable stations could very well join in to test mobility and re-deployment!)
The RaDAR concept diagram was updated highlighting the aspects of RaDAR
• Promoting the use of standard calling frequencies
• Promoting the use of APRS facilities, digital communications and satellite communications.
A further idea regarding the on foot operators is promoting stealth operations (Much like a fox in fox hunts) This is still relatively new and still needs to be developed.
RaDAR is not limited to any country.
The concept stays the same. Calling frequencies changed somewhat to accommodate all regions and regulations structures.
RaDAR is in full blossom with the dawning of a new year – 2013.
After many years, RaDAR has finally become what it was meant to be. The concept has been refined and has become the guideline for ham radio communications throughout the various installations or deployments.
Right from the very beginning, RaDAR has catered for any station, be it fixed, portable stations in alternate buildings, field stations, various mobile stations and the ham radio operators on foot.
Much of the newer ideas, like the “one contact per kilometer moved” experiment done in 2012, combine with the RaDAR concept in whole to present a concept that not only provides excellent communication skills and knowledge but to enhance the fun aspect of RaDAR.
Much has been said about rapid re-deployment and movable stations and with the latest contest rules for 2013, RaDAR is even more so – exactly that.
That makes RaDAR extra special.
73 de Eddie ZS6BNE
SARL member. Radio ZS Contributor. Licenced since 1975
Rapid Deployment Amateur Radio