RaDAR – Strategising for the new contest

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RaDAR has gone global. This calls for a whole new different strategy.

RaDAR has been refined and indeed will be refined even further once we share experiences. RaDAR must adapt to change – improving each year. What the goals were in the past are not necessarily the goals today.

The RaDAR operator has no idea of how many like minded people will be active for those four hours. There is no doubt that RaDAR looks attractive to the majority of radio hams but to really be active requires participation. RaDAR caters for everyone. It is not only operators in the field doing things the hard way, RaDAR operator need “big gun” stations operating from fixed locations or portable locations too!

So what is the ultimate goal this year, tomorrow afternoon to be exact? The greatest prize, intercontinental, RaDAR to RaDAR QSO’s! The mere fact that it earns the operators each 10 points will be nothing compared to the satisfaction of achieving this success!

I will spend the first hour, 14:00 to 15:00 UTC, doing an initial deployment by mountain bike (weather permitting) and looking for stations on 40m. I’m hoping that there will be a good turnout of South African operators. It’s the same with any other contest but I’m hoping that many operators take on the RaDAR challenge and discover not only triumph but the hardships too. It makes the success all that sweeter!

From 15:00 UTC till the end at 18:00 UTC I will concentrate my efforts on 10m CW, SSB and PSK31 around the RaDAR calling frequencies and 28.120 MHz for digital – 1000 to 1500 Hz. This will give the best chance running QRP to make DX contacts – hoping for the ultimate prize! Naturally, after every 5 QSOs, location needs to change so I’m going to try to move as fast as possible, deploying quickly at each new location. Taking grid readings using HamGPS for a 10 character locator.

I am in the fortunate position to have a decent fibreglass mast that goes up to ten meters donated te me by Klaus ZS1QO in support of RaDAR and my roll up 10m wire J-Pole antenna. Tests have proven this to be an extremely effective combination!

Good luck to all the RaDAR operators worldwide – may you achieve the ultimate success!

Those going into the twighlight zone – don’t forget the mosquito repellant and your headlamp!

73 de Eddie ZS6BNE

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