Sunday, April 14, 2024

May 11th RaDAR Rally!

For those who want more RaDAR. We will have a one-time extra RaDAR Rally on May 11th, 2024.  Use the same RaDAR Rally rules at  

Please use to let us know your plans.

Have fun,

Greg N4KGL

Sunday, April 7, 2024

April 2024 RaDAR Rally Reports

Our RaDAR Rally photo album is here.

Sherri n5uxi:

My Antenna and radio a Yaesu 857 D
MFJ antenna that telescopes
Had a blast!

John KH6RF/KL7:

Had a blast doing the RaDAR Rally today. I tuned around but didn’t hear any of the other participants. I did work lots of DX, though: Finland, Belgium, France, Italy, Germany, Slovenia & Japan. Here’s my report:

Name: John Pfeifer
Call: KH6RF/KL7
Day: Saturday
Venue: 5 Alaska POTA references
Start: 1900z
Conveyance: Pickup Truck
Band: 20m
Modes: Mostly CW, a bit of SSB
QRP: No (70 watts)
Number of QSOs:
Zero R-to-R,
no other QSOs,
7 Deployments,
?? Bonus Points

(I was a POTA activator for all of my QSOs. Two were park-to-park QSOs.)

Eight-digit grid squares for your deployments:

BP51CB08, BP51C87, BP51EA00, BP50GX33, BP50HW83, BP50LV07 & BP50LU94

Thanks & 73,


Lucy M6ECG:

I made three vehicle deployments and one by bicycle. My best contacts were three into Australia from Deployment #1 one of whom works as a Flying Doctor!
Conditions windy and cold but dry. Propagation excellent. I had a great time! See below:

Greg N4KGL:

Tom WD0HBR was my teammate during the April 2024 RaDAR Rally. Our venue was Falling Waters State Park in Florida. Tom, Suzy, and I walked the trails to four locations within four hours making five contacts at each on 20 meters. We used the FX-4CR rig on SSB with both the SOTABeams 40-30-20 link dipole and the Alexloop mag loop. The last stop was my favorite, using the Elecraft KH-1 running five-watt CW. It is a handheld rig with a four-foot whip antenna. I got the last five there for a total of twenty contacts. The weather could not have been better. Tom and I enjoyed our team's RaDAR outing.

Tuesday, April 2, 2024

Countdown to the April 6th, 2024 RaDAR Rally

RaDAR is Rapid Deployment Amateur Radio. The next RaDAR Rally is April 6th, 2024. See the details at All ham radio operators are welcome to participate.

Tuesday, February 20, 2024

Get Ready for the Spring 2024 RaDAR Rally

RaDAR is Rapid Deployment Amateur Radio. Eddie Leighton ZS6BNE in South Africa conceived the RaDAR concept. The RaDAR Rally adds movement to portable operating with a time constraint. The objective: Use your ham radio knowledge, portable equipment, and physical skills to challenge yourself during an unforgettable four-hour experience. The four-hour duration creates an urgency that demands optimized equipment and operating strategies. When: The first Saturday of April and November. Choose four hours during the UTC day. The following Sunday is a backup date if Saturday doesn't work for you. The next RaDAR Rally is April 6th, 2024. Register at

Friday, February 16, 2024

Registration is Open for the Spring RaDAR Rally April 6th, 2024

RaDAR is Rapid Deployment Amateur Radio conceived by Eddie Leighton ZS6BNE. RaDAR encourages outdoor operating with a unique challenge: make five contacts and redeploy as fast as possible in four hours. The RaDAR Challenge has become the RaDAR Rally with some rule tweaks. Please take a look at the complete rules here. If you are interested, please make your plans and register. Registration will facilitate RaDAR to RaDAR contacts. Email your registration info below to the RaDAR Rally POC, Greg Lane, at I'll accept registrations through April 4th UTC. If your plans change, send me an update. This is not a contest; it is just for fun! Check out this intro video and the Spring 2024 roster here.

Registration info includes:
Day (Sat or Sun),
Start UTC
QRP (Y or N)
Spotting method (optional)

Good luck,

Greg N4KGL