Tuesday, November 11, 2014

Announcing The RaDAR Rally

RaDAR Rally
The Rapid Deployment Amateur Radio RaDAR concept originated with South African amateur radio operators. The concept has evolved through the efforts of Eddie Leighton ZS6BNE over the years. Bi-Annual RaDAR Contests have been held on the first Saturday of April and November. Recently, Marcus Kessler NX5MK has sponsored RaDAR-America Contests held concurrently with the SARL RaDAR Contest. The RaDAR Contest rules have been further refined for 2015 and will be known as the RaDAR Challenge.

The Google+ RaDAR Community has attracted an international group of amateurs interested in RaDAR. The opportunities to practice RaDAR vary with the time zone and season of the year. Therefore to augment the bi-annual RaDAR Challenge the RaDAR Rally has been established. The Rally is an achievement program not a contest. Each operator may earn points for contacts made while deployed as portable. Portable stations can move a required distance by any means and redeploy for additional points per QSO. This movement is the essence of RaDAR. To assist the deployed RaDAR operators the Rally incorporates RaDAR Chasers who earn points contacting the deployed RaDAR operators. The points for RaDAR Operators and Chasers are combined toward claiming tokens. The period to claim tokens is over a six month period. Each six month period will have a new set of token. The RaDAR Rally is now in effect as of November 11th 2014.

1. Aim:

The RaDAR “Rally” is a unique program aimed at promoting the use of Rapidly Deployable Amateur Radio stations.  The points system is so structured as to encourage portable RaDAR operations, especially moveable RaDAR stations. RaDAR stations in the field are challenged to make contacts with limited power and compromise antennas. Therefore, the Rally also encourages other fixed amateur stations "chasers" to contact RaDAR operators in the field.

2. Dates:

The RaDAR Rally will be six months in duration between but not including the RaDAR Challenge dates of the first Saturday of April and the first Saturday of November. The first RaDAR Rally will cover November 2, 2014 - April 3, 2015.
3. Bands and Modes

All amateur bands are allowed including cross band contacts via amateur radio satellites. Modes – CW, SSB, AM, FM or any legal digital mode. QSOs via terrestrial repeaters will NOT be allowed.

4. Suggested HF Calling frequencies

See https://zs6bne.wordpress. for the latest international list of frequencies. The WARC bands can be used considering this is a RaDAR “Rally” and not a contest as such. It provides better opportunities for RaDAR contacts during difficult propagation conditions.

5. Exchange

The RaDAR Rally requires more than a minimalistic information exchange. Accurate information exchange is considered more important than a large QSO count.

RaDAR Operator:

Call sign, Name, RS(T) Report, QTH and location number with grid locator. Note the grid locator can change as RaDAR operators are allowed to move position at any time. The grid locator of six characters is acceptable but should preferably be accurate to 10 characters for higher position accuracy. Smartphone applications are generally used to establish more than a 6 character grid locator.
If working non participating stations, Call sign, Name, RST and QTH is acceptable.

RaDAR Chaser:

Call sign, Name, RS(T) Report, QTH and location grid locater.  The grid locater of six characters is acceptable but should preferably be accurate to 10 characters for higher position accuracy. 

6. Scoring

RaDAR Operator:

1 point per QSO up to 5 points at first location
2 points per QSO up to 10 points at second location
3 points per QSO up to 15 points at third location.
continue this scheme for additional locations.
The locations will reset after 8 hours after the first QSO
If the moving RaDAR station has moved the required distance (See point 7) contact can be made with a previously worked station, again. However, you may count only one one QSO per station per location.

RaDAR Chaser: 

1 point per QSO when working a RaDAR Operator at the first location
2 points per QSO when working a RaDAR Operator at the second location
3 points per QSO when working a RaDAR Operator at the third location
continue scheme for additional locations.
Scoring for the tokens in section 11. below are cumulative over the Rally. RaDAR Operator and RaDAR Chaser point will be combined per amateur radio call sign. 

7. Categories and multipliers.

RaDAR Operator: This is a RaDAR station deployed as portable or moving.
RaDAR Chaser: This is a fixed station that contacts deployed RaDAR stations.

Modes of transport and required movement distances (moving RaDAR stations only)

Vehicles, motorcycles and motorboats etc. (Motorized transport) – 12km
Bicycles – 2km
On foot and paddle canoes – 1km
Wheelchairs – 500m

Aeronautical mobile stations are considered moving stations and can communicate at any convenient time.

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 are allowed to be made. This requirement tests the ability to rapidly re-deploy your amateur radio field station.

8.  Power multiplier: 

None.  The operator is free to choose his station configuration and power requirements. However if you like the challenge of QRP there is a QRP endorsement for the tokens in Section 11. QRP will be defined as transmitter power output equal to or less than 10 W PEP output for single-sideband or double-sideband phone (suppressed or full-carrier) and equal to or less than 5 W PEP output for other modes (e.g. CW, FM, AM, digital)


9. Bonus points (All categories).

5 Points (The equivalent of five QSO’s) for a minimum of one satellite or any digital modes QSO involving a computer, smartphone or digital modes device. (For clarity thereafter 1 point per Satellite / Digital modes QSO). RaDAR Chasers can claim this bonus only for a QSO with a deployed RaDAR station.

5 Points for the first successful same continent RaDAR to RaDAR QSO (As may be confirmed by the extensive information exchange).

5 Points for the first inter continental (DX) QSO.

10 Points for the first successful inter-continental (DX) RaDAR to RaDAR QSO (As may be confirmed by the extensive information exchange).
These bonuses are available once per Rally for RaDAR Chasers. They are available to RaDAR Operators once per operating period which is 8 hours.

10. Log Sheets

The  RaDAR Rally manager is Greg Lane, N4KGL. Send email logs to lanekg (at) gmail.com. Logs can be submitted any time a token is requested. Only the logs since the last token are needed. Greg N4KGL will submit his logs to Eddie ZS6BNE for confirmation.

11.Tokens
Tokens are collected during each scoring period. Each scoring period will have it own set of tokens.The tokens for the scoring period ending on the first Saturday of April 2015 are

Warthog: 30 points
Rhino: 50 points
Cheetah: 100 points
additional Cheetahs for every 100 points after the first.

Chaser and operator points will be combined.

A QRP endorsement for tokens is available if all QSO points applied to your tokens were  made with  transmitter power output equal to or less than 10 W PEP output for single-sideband or double-sideband phone (suppressed or full-carrier) and equal to or less than 5 W PEP output for other modes (e.g. CW, FM, AM, digital)

The participants who who submit logs supporting their scores will have their token status posted by the program manager to the Google+ RaDAR community and other web sites.

12. The Google+ RaDAR Community

On-line participation on the Google+ community is encouraged but not required. Posts and photos related to your planned operations, live operations and post operation reports are encouraged.

13. Spotting:

Advertising your operations is encouraged and any means to spot your operations is allowed.

1 comment:

  1. Perfect! Thanks Greg.

    Noted the mobile (motorised) distance of 12 km, agreed.

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