It is with this in mind that my meeting with Eddie Leighton, ZS6BNE, my guest in Episode 28 of the QSO Today Podcast, was like the meeting of two old friends last month when I was visiting South Africa with my wife, Karen. Our friends in Johannesburg, where we stayed, were only too delighted to allow me to invite Eddie to their home so we could meet in person, catch up on ham radio, and to operate Eddie’s RaDAR (rapid deployment amateur radio) rig on the outside patio. I was grateful that Eddie agreed to drive almost three-hundred kilometers to meet with me from his home QTH in Lichtenburg. It was a great afternoon and I hope that I will meet Eddie again on our ham radio travels.
This episode departs from my normal format as the audio is the conversation and demonstration of Eddie’s “minimalist” RaDAR backpack. This tiny but simple system allowed us to make an 800 kilometer SSB QSO with another ham in South Africa using five watts and a 40 meter end-fed wire. I picked up a Zoom H5 audio recorder, thanks to your support, and used it for the first time to record this “eyeball” QSO. I hope that you enjoy it as much as we did.