So now that we know without a doubt the world is going to piss, let’s quit the self loathing and do something. As I said before, the time for pontificating is done, as it solves all of jack and shit.
RaDAR- Rapid Deployment Amateur Radio is a sort of hybrid between being an RTO, Summits On The Air (SOTA), National Parks On The Air (NPOTA) and your standard, “Have Another Meal” contesting everyone knows and loves/loathes.
It’s a radio contest of sorts that requires getting out and moving with the equipment you’ve brought to the party/ plan on running as an RTO. Because what you’re doing is exactly what you’ll be doing as a prospective RTO in the near future.
Here’s a link to the rules, and they’re fairly simple. Here’s a link to the suggested SOI– it’s a little out of date, as this started out as a South African deal, but even if all you have is a lowly GP5 and a roll of speaker wire, you can at least listen on the given target frequencies.
As a matter of fact, even if all you have is a Baofeng and a few batteries, you can still make simplex contacts on the standard calling frequencies. Build a Moxon Beam and see what you can do. The name of the game is running your equipment, figuring out what’s going on with it, what needs improvement and what works outside of pretend land that most preppers on the internet live in- Quit playing at it. You’re only fooling yourself.
When is all of this going on? Next Saturday, 16JUL16, and future dates TBD.