RaDAR – Contest rules 2014

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RaDAR Contest 2014


1. Aim

The RaDAR contest is a unique event aimed at promoting the use of Rapidly Deployable Amateur Radio stations. This contest is for all licensed radio amateurs not limited to South Africa. A choice is made prior to the contest to participate in one of the defined categories but may be changed at any time during the contest. The points system is so structured as to encourage portable operations especially moveable RaDAR stations.

2. Date and Time

First Saturday of April and first Saturday of November (5 April 2014 and 1 November 2014), starting at  14:00 UTC and ending at 18:00 UTC (16:00 to 20:00 CAT) – Approximately two hours during the day and two hours at night within the South African time zone.

3. Bands and Modes

All amateur bands, besides the WARC bands, are allowed including cross band contacts via amateur radio satellites. Modes…

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Why RaDAR?

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RaDAR – Rapid Deployment Amateur Radio


Many hams may ask why?

What on earth do hams want to run around for? What’s the fun in that? Spending more time putting up and taking down antennas than making QSO’s.

What’s so great about sitting on a rock for a chair or on the ground itself. What’s so much fun when the wind blows your paper logbook in all directions and sweaty, dusty hands spoiling the newly printed paper log after retrieval.

What’s fun in loosing a few pounds while walking a trail in bright sunlight and no trees for shade. What! No trees? Now you have to carry a makeshift mast too and you have to get it to stand on rocky ground. Why it’s a mission to hammer a tent peg into the ground using a rock, get a bigger one!

What’s fun in walking a path during a heavy…

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RaDAR – The contest

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Each competitor will build his / her own strategy and operate within a particular category – Fixed, Portable, Mobile and On foot.

Equipment decisions need to be made – Power supply, Rig, Antenna/s, GPS / Smartphones, Satellite equipment and Digital facilities. Decisions need to be made on what to carry if participating as a Mobile or On foot operator.

If you’re on the move, you need to cater for water at least and maybe a little food to keep you going. Four hours are fortunately not all that long.

If you’re close to the South African time zone you will need to consider carrying a headlamp at the very least as the night sets in.

Weather conditions need to be taken into account. Warm clothing and protection of equipment from bad weather.

RaDAR is a challenge when compared to any other contest. Moving stations are required to move the specified…

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RaDAR – Preparing for the contest

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I spent an hour or so this afternoon doing a kit check for the RaDAR contest in two weeks time.

I put up my paint roller handle mast, pretty quickly. It will come in handy where there may be no trees or dangerous trees to use like thorn trees. Antennas tend to get quite tangled up in these kinds of trees!

I incorporated a pully and carbiner again for the end fed to easily be hooked on at the top of the mast. If a rope needs to be used to hoist the antenna into the air the pully can serve the same purpose.

A while ago I wiped Windows 7 from my digital modes netbook which I use for RaDAR digital comms and installed Linux Mint 15 Xfce on it. I use FLDigi an excellent cross platform digital modes program. I had to test whether my Signalink USB sound…

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MAJ (15/10/2013) Mémento Pratique du RadioAmateur V0.8.2

Nouveau intègre maintenant un petit chapitre sur les Activations RaDAR 😉

f4eed - petit mémo V4


voici une MAJ de mon mémento pratique du radioamateur.

Je vais me répéter, comme d’habitude je n’ai rien inventé, j’ai simplement regroupé dans un document unique pleins de documents, de renseignements, trouvé ici et là sur internet. Le but étant de faire un document modulable, imprimable à loisir, et au choix.

Bref, c’est pour moi une mine d’or, pour mes sorties en portable, pour mes vacances, pas une bible mais une aide qui traite des sujets suivants

  • Plan de bande IARU Région 1
  • les fréquences pour mode numérique
  • les fréquences Pskmail
  • Les fréquences IARU pour le trafic d’urgence, et les réseaux connus
  • les fréquences des QSO Radioscoutisme
  • Activation RaDAR (Principe, Fréquences, log)
  • La diffusion du bulletin du Ref-Union
  • Abréviation CW
  • Les préfixes DXCC
  • Code Q
  • Canaux relais 28/50/145/430/1200
  • Les relais 28MHz
  • Les relais 50MHz
  • Les relais 145MHz
  • Les relais 430MHZ
  • Les relais 1200MHz
  • Les relais D-star (a titre indicatif)
  • Fréquences de réseau d’urgence FNRASEC/ADRASEC
  • Fréquences de réseau d’uragence IARU région 1
  •  Procédure de trafic d’urgence IARU
  • Radiogram pour message IARU
  • Carnet de trafic pour globalset IARU
  • Carnet de trafic pour radioamateur
  • Carnet pour écouteur/SWL (Radiodiffusion)
  • Carnet pour écouteur/SWL (Station Utilitaire)
  • Glossaire écouteur
  • petite réflexion sur l’activation d’un réseau de veille HF (toute personnelle)

Voilà pour le moment, comme tout documents, vous trouverez des erreurs, des manques…

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