RaDAR contest is Saturday

RaDAR ( RApid Deployment Amateur Radio)

The RaDAR contest is on this weekend. It is an amazing concept and it is good training also. Setup a portable station, make five contacts, take a photo of the setup. Now take it all down, walk over 1 kilometer (3 if driving) and setup again and make another five contacts etc, keep doing this for four hours. All modes are good, ssb digital, cw… make the Q’s.

Time is 14:00 to 18:00 UTC on April 5th and it will be repeated on the first Saturday in November!
The Exchange is rs(t) and your locator preferably ten digits for more accuracy.

more info can be found on ZS6BNE blog
our locator can found here or if you use a smart phone look for HAM Gps app in your app store.
And of course we also have the Rapid Deployment Amateur Radio (RaDAR) community on Google, join us there for more info, discussion etc.

Hope to see you on this Saturday!

RaDAR – Calling frequencies

Local and International RaDAR calling frequencies
160m kHz   Info Channel
CW 1836 South Africa 1
SSB 1845 LSB S.A. / USB HF-Pack 2 / 3
80m kHz   Info Channel
CW 3559 HF-Pack 4
CW 3560 South Africa 5
SSB 3690 South Africa 6
SSB 3791 USB HF-Pack 7
40m kHz   Info Channel
CW 7029.5  [] HF-Pack 8
CW 7030 South Africa 9
SSB 7090 South Africa 10
SSB 7185.5  << USB HF-Pack 11
20m kHz  14185  Info Channel
CW 14059  [] HF-Pack 12
CW 14080 South Africa 13
SSB 14240  << South Africa 14
SSB 14342.5  [] USB HF-Pack 15
CW 14343 USB HF-Pack (Cross mode) 16
SSB 14346 USB HF-Pack (QSY) 17
15m kHz  21059  Info Channel
CW 21080 South Africa 18
SSB 21350  << South Africa 19
SSB 21437.5  [] USB HF-Pack 20
CW 21438 USB HF-Pack (Cross mode) 21
10m kHz   Info Channel
CW 28060  [] South Africa 22
SSB 28312.5 USB HF-Pack (QSY) 23
SSB 28327.5  [] USB HF-Pack 24
CW 28328 USB HF-Pack (Cross mode) 25
SSB 28360  << South Africa 26

73 de J6 Portable Group

J6/VA3EGG was Portable

Sunday 30th March we had a planned outing with J6/VA3EGG on the Pigeon Point beach.
The J6 Portable group took care of all the eats drinks and radio and antennae.
And of course woke up Sunday morning to rain so first thought was: really what the…, but by 8:30 the sun was peekingout again so off we went!
J69DS picked up Darren (va3egg) up from the St James resort at Choc bay at 9 am and headed north to Pigeon point beach. We got there nice and early so could choose our site for the day, we were at grid square FK94MC50hr. We proceeded to setup a Buddipole vertical on 17 meters and then a 12 meters 2 element buddibeam. the 17 vertical we had to do a few adjustments to get a swr of 1:1, the beam we had it flat in one go. bith antennae were checked (analyzed) using the youkit fg01, easy as can be. We also setup a tarp to keep the sun away and as it turned out keep dry also. When we were done with the setup mother nature decided to cool us down with a downpour for about 15 minutes, not a problem all was covered… Soon after the sun was back and remained for the day! Shortly after j69az Ernest, j66ca Francis and j66cd Ian showed up also with the extra tables and chairs and gear. From there on it was just a bunch of fun with Darren making contacts on and off on 17 meters, and then 12 and eventually we trimmed the beam to 10 meters where everybody had some radio fun. Lunch was just superbe as prepared by Filita and her eldest son on the bbq doing pork chicken and fish.
The day was just a great fun day with Family radio Bikinis Beers and Buddipoles!
We left the beach around 7 pm well after sunset 🙂

The invitation to join us was extended to all operators island wide. J6 Portable is about just having fun and a nice time around the radio with family and friends. It was certainly achieved again this time around!

73 till the next J6 Portable outing!!

Video and photos:


Portable with J6/VA3EGG

VA3EGG Darren and his xyl Karen are on island for two weeks, already one week is gone. So tomorrow the J6 Portable group will be on the beach at Pigeon point with Darren and Karen for the day. We should be on 12 and 17 and maybe on 15 and ten also… that will depend a bitt on the contest noise….

So look for us on 12 and 17 for sure. I will put up a buddibeam on 12 meters of all goes well and a vertical buddipole on 17 meters.. shouldbe fun as always. Beer, Bikini, Barbeque, buddipole! BBBB!