As ice storms blanket America's heartland, we hear what it's like to be 'hemmed up' for four consecutive days in New Seattle. Can one condense their portable station and accessories? Yes. Can you still build something lighter and more efficient? I think so. Is the ice going to mess up your SWR. You bet! Plus, part two of Paul's quest to return to the CW portion of the band. All of this and more on this episode of 100 Watts and a Wire. +++ http://100wattsandawire.com/100-watts-and-a-wire/episode81 +++ 100 Watts and a Wire ® is a weekly podcast celebrating amateur radio. Join Christian Cudnik, K0STH for topical conversation, interviews, news and an entertaining look at the adventures of a ham trying to figure it all out. 100 Watts and a Wire is perfect for those who are new to ham radio, those looking to serve as Elmer’s, and the technically curious crowd. Whether you run 5 watts or 1500 watts, everyone is welcome. In our community, it's OK not to know everything, ask for help, give advice and get on the air. Visit 100wattsandawire.com for more information. You can subscribe to the show by clicking the RSS feed. Or, by using podcast apps like, iTunes or Stitcher. iTunes: goo.gl/G4ODJc Stitcher: goo.gl/X3hrsa Calling Frequencies: 14287 and 7180 Gathers happen on Thursdays at 8p Central. Bands may vary.