Not everyone likes to submit a log and that’s OK. I have however received a few and will show a few highlights here.
I was quite surprised to hear from my good friend Tienie ZS6MHH. He ran a mobile / field station from fort Klapperkop in Pretoria. He was using his home brew 40m mobile vertical.
Tienie made 13 QSO’s one of which was a DX station in C91 (Mozambique). That gave him 18 points (13 QSO’s + 5 bonus points for the first DX QSO) His category multiplier was x2 which gave him a total of 36 points. You can see Tienie had some really good fun!
I received a log from my good friend Johan van Zijl in Ficksburg. Johan made 49 QSO’s. Two on 80m and the rest on 40m. Johan kept the band alive with RaDAR activity. He operated a fixed station from grid KG31WC59TT. His category multiplier was x1 which gives him a total of 49 points. RaDAR fixed stations are always good to have active on the bands.
I received a log from Greg N4KGL. According to Greg’s log, he operated a field station from grid EL79IT25SI and made 5 QSO’s with a multiplier of x2 = 10 points. He then went to the next location EL79IT34LP on foot and from there made 5 QSO’s with a multiplier of x3 = 15 points.
Greg again walked back to EL79IT25SI and made a further 5 QSO’s giving him an additional 15 points. In total Greg earned 40 points. Suzy, Greg’s dog, is a true friend and accompanies Greg on all of his RaDAR escapades.
Speaking as the third person, Eddie ZS6BNE submitted a log of his RaDAR Challenge activities. He walked to the first deployment point at grid KG34ac18px. Eddie made 6 QSO’s of which only 5 could count for points which gave him 15 points. Eddie needed to move back to the fixed location for a sked with Kieth ZS6TW via satellite.
Although Eddie walked a kilometer back to the fixed location, he did not physically carry the satellite gear so further communications could only warrant a category multiplier of x1. Eddie however had two successful satellite QSO’s (Via SO-50 (FM) and FO-29 (SSB)) the first earning him a bonus of 5 points and a total of (2 + 5) x 1 = 7 points.
After lunch, the plan was to this time actually carry all the satellite gear to the next location at grid KG34c19pa which he did. A successful contact via AO-7 was not possible and DX QSO’s neither. He did however have a local QSO with Sid ZS5AYC which earned him at least 1 point multiplied by the category multiplier of x 3 = total of 3 points. The grand total for the day’s RaDAR ops was 25 points.
I received Sid ZS5AYC’s log too. Sid was doing moving RaDAR as a mobile station down the south coast with his wife Adele and some friends. Sid’s first deployment point was at KF59EE81JI from which he made 9 QSO’s only 5 of which could count for points. (RaDAR rule. Note: Moving RaDAR stations can move at any time but are required to move to the next destination after five contacts have been made from the present location. The move needs to cover the required distance before further contacts can be made). Sid’s points for the first location was 15.
Sid moved to grid KF59ED41FE where he worked another 5 stations one of which was a RaDAR station Johan ZS4DZ giving him a bonus of 5 points. Total for this grid (5 + 5) x 3 = 30 points.
Sid’s third deployment grid was from KF59EC02DG. From here he made 6 QSO’s giving him another 15 points. Then a new grid KF59ED10BE and another 5 QSO’s and another 15 points. He moved to grid KF59DC71NE from which he worked 8 stations including Eddie ZS6BNE but no bonus points for working another RaDAR station. Total points for this grid 15.
They moved to grid KF58CW08HW from which Sid worked another 5 stations and earned another 15 points! Very, very well done. Sid and his wife Adele (Also a radio ham) are well known as SOTA activators and enjoy ham radio to the full.
Sid’s total points for his RaDAR excursions were 15 + 30 + 15 + 15 + 15 + 15 = 105 points!
Sid was running 10 Watts into a dipole. He was recorded by Eddie ZS6BNE. The recording can be heard here .