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Get Ready for the April 1st 2017 RaDAR Challenge! Click below for details

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I've started a RaDAR International WhatsApp group and have made contact with Tom G0SBW via WhatsApp. Ideal for skeds and to find each other via RF :)
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I plan to operate on the road towards my tent location, it is 3kms from where I park to the tent. Plan actually is to take the PRC-104 manpack radio out and see how that does. Will use either a whip or maybe bring a wire to throw up in a tree at each 1km stop......


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A fun day of QRP in TX. 3 operators and I think 7 total attendees. 
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WhatsApp works incredibly well for local HamSats and HF Interest groups here in South Africa for spots and on the go information.

I wonder how it will work internationally for RaDAR spotting?

We need an effective spotting mechanism and WhatsApp seems to work best within a marginal cell phone access network. The most efficient.

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My FT243 crystals arrived and they socket in quite nicely to this QRP transceiver. It has a paraset receiver and a crystal transmitter at 5 watts on 40 meters. Built from Four State QRP's kit called the Bayou Jumper. The CW key is built into the control panel on the bottom right. Only 20mA in RX at 12 volts! Very impressive! Construction took a few nights including staining the wood box. Another few nights were required to align the receiver and transmitter. It is a nice modern twist of a ww2 classic radio.
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For a couple of weeks now I've been practising my CW with a view to using it whilst out /PM. My first test will probably be during our event on 1st April. I will be operating /P then but will be using my QRO /PM transceiver (FT857 coupled to a magloop. The key I will be using is the Palm mini Paddle because its magnetic date means it easily attaches onto the 857 - otherwise there is nowhere to fasten a key/paddle. A photo the arrangement is attached.

A much better long term answer to my /PM CW ambitions is to use the KX3, To this end I have rebuilt the KX3's chest table to incorporate the Palm mini paddle and my old J37 straight key. The new table is a lot lighter, yet is held more firmly to my body - the paddle and straight key feel really good when being used. A photo of the new arrangement is also attached.

I am also awaiting delivery from Ukraine soviet era min morse key which is much smaller than the J37. If suitable, I will mount that on the chest harness instead of the J37. Some interesting times ahead.

Meanwhile, back to morse practice ;-)


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Here is a video of the Bayou Jumper in action. I tuned in extra class section of 40m ssb.

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RaDAR Planning (At QRP) - I'll be using higher power so the chances will be better. Seems it's a late afternoon ops for me (Portable) Should be able to get in some ZS calls too.
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