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Here are some pictures from my recent RaDAR Challenge (4/4/2015)
I had a brilliant day moving around on foot, by bicycle and mobile!
I used my Icom IC703 at 10w on 20m. Below is a plan of my proposed route
but in fact because of high tide I actually only went to
Positions #1, #2, #3 #5 and #6
Here, below, is my log for the day! Many thanks to everyone that QSOed with me!
On Saturday 4th April 2015 I operated from 0530 - 1830 UTC
/Portable, /Bicycle Mobile and /Mobile from 5 different coastal locations as part of the RaDAR Challenge!
In order to gain points in the challenge it is necessary to obtain the contacts name,
QTH preferably the Maidenhead Locator and the operator's name!
I gave my Locator to 10 digits in return!
The RaDAR (Rapid Deployment Amateur Radio) Challenge
required me to move my station 1km after every 5 QSOs when operating on foot
and to move 2km when using a bicycle and 6km in a car!
It's really lots of fun and is really quite a challenge especially in bad weather!
Below are pictures of my Bicycle Portable set up used for the 6th Rapid Deployment Amateur Radio contest, 1/11/2014.
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5th RaDAR, Rapid Deployment Amateur Radio Contest, 5th April!
The RaDAR contest is unique, I participated as an 'on foot' station this means that after every 5 contacts I made, I had to collapse my station back into my bag and jog or walk at least 1km to my next setup point! Each contact I made, I gave my 12 digit Maidenhead Locator and I was doing this for 4 hours: 14:00-18:00 UTC. Thank you to everyone who gave me points! Here are a few snaps taken on the day and a couple of You Tube videos further down!
Read about this most recent RaDAR Contest on my Blog:
(More of my You Tube videos further down)
Practicing Rapid Deployment Amateur Radio, the pictures below are of my 1/4 wave Ground Plane antenna for 20m held up on my 10m fishing pole. It was VERY windy and so I used some driftwood found along the edge of the creek to construct a wind break! I had a great afternoon on Sunday here at Flag Creek St Osyth and enjoyed some very nice QSOs!
Down at the paddling pool calling CQ! 1/3/2014
I recently converted my old camera tripod to take an antenna mount and tested it out at the weekend over at Walton on the Naze. The WX was superb and I spent a great day working /P QRP 7w and I worked 50 stations.
I work /P from my car quite often from the beach below on my way home from work!
The photographs below are of my station setup at Wellwick Wharf, Flag Creek, St. Osyth, Essex - Grid Locator: JO01MT75VR.
I really enjoy operating /P and took part in the 4th Rapid Deployment 'Amateur Radio (RaDAR) Contest last November. It was very wet and windy!!!
Below are pictures of me testing out 'The Contest Brolly Trolley'
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My You Tube Videos:
Operating G100RSGB from the Marconi Hut, Sandford Mill.
Chelmsford Amateur Radio Society.
I really LOVE to work HF QRP Portable!
I operate portable from beaches around the coast of East Anglia.
I also like:
IOTA, SOTA, ISS, and building antennas.
I am learning morse rather slowly!
My working conditions are:
Icom IC 703 QRP 7w
Icom IC-208 2m & 70cms
Yaesu FT290R 2m
Baofeng UV 5R Plus 2m & 70cms
Homebrew, 20m, 1/4 wave, elevated G.P.
Random length long wires
Homebrew, G5RV Jnr
Homebrew linked, end fed wire: 40m 20m 17m 12m & 10m
Watson colinear, dual band 2m & 70cms
Tonna Beam : 9 Element (2m)
ProAm 20m mobile whip
MFJ 1979 Telescopic Whip 6m - 20m
Wishing you great DX,
Operating from the Creek last summer
On the cliff, overlooking the sea at Walton on the Naze
Walton on the Naze approximately 90 Km north east of London
Bicycle with the MFJ 1979 My view from the tent!
My brand new MFJ 1979 telescopic whip antenna! (I love it!)
This antenna is really excellent, it measures a full 1/4 wave when fully extended and collapses down to 69cms. It's good for:
20m, 17m, 15m,12m,10m & 6m
At high tide the base of the antenna is about 1m ASL. The railings are approximately 800m long providing an excellent groundand on the other side of this footpath is a natural, shallow saltwater pool for children to play in and so the antenna is completely surrounded by salt water!It seems to work very well indeed.
I have adapted the mounting bracket for my 9 element Tonna 2m beam to mount the MFJ and it seems to work well :)
Bicycle Portable with the MFJ 1979 and steel tape counterpoise!
More pics of the bike setup at the very bottom of the page, scroll down!
When the tide is in, I set up on the rocks here!
My 1/4 wave on the 10m pole, this shot shows 3 of the GPs with seawater directly below them and the base of the pole is also submerged!
I use a fishing rod rest driven between the rocks and the pole is then bungeed to it, this makes for a very secure base. The groundpanes are attached to bungy cord and I tie these down. It works for me!
I just made this end fed, linked half wave and intend to use it in an inverted V configuration!
These little barrel connectors are small enough to be wound into the camping washing line reel. It makes a nice lightweight antenna!I got this design from N0LX : www.n0lx.com/endfed_v.html
Homebrew 1/4 wave, 20m, elevated GP antenna! The guying ring is made from a small round Lock 'n' Lock tub. I have replaced the lime green nylon (strimmerline!)with bungy cord which works much better!
Bicycle / Portable using my Am Pro mobile whip mounted on the rear bike carrier and a steel retractable tape measure rolled out acting as counterpoise!
An impromtu sunshade! My mobile whip is useful for alsorts of situations!
M6ECG / Portable down at the Creek!
My shack at home although I operate portable almost exclusively!
Occasionally I operate in front of the webcamlinked below! This camera looks out over the creek!
Tribute to Barbara Dunn G6YL
G6YL, Barbara Mary Dunn, born February 25, 1896, occupation independent householder, licensed on April 14, 1927 and was the first British licensed transmitting YL.
Find out all about this extraordinary, pioneering YL at:
Many thanks to Tom, K8CX for the image and all the information on his website :)
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Station Manager: Izzi (The boss!)
Izzi keeping a close eye on cluster and updating the log ... oh wait! What happened there?!!!
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