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Portable HF gear in a small footprint

Discussion in 'Amateur Radio News' started by K5QBF, Apr 14, 2021.

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  1. KM1NDY

    KM1NDY Ham Member QRZ Page

    Nice video! As a proud gearhead, I love love love hearing about other's gear choices. I am surprised by how many have responded that they use a mast for portable. Trees are plentiful in New England, so I just use them. I really liked your mast set-up demo.

    My favorite *complete* (as in everything you need to get on the air) SOTA/POTA kit is about 15 pounds. Not the lightest set-up, but 100W SSB capable, and a hecka lot of fun. Easily fits in the back compartment of a classic 2-compartment Jansport day pack; "Big Campus Backpack" model is my favorite.

    -Yaesu FT891A
    -LDG Z100Plus Autotuner
    -Radiowavz 20M EFHW antenna
    -50' RG8X (with pl259 connectors) coax
    -Bioenno 15AH Lifepo
    -Yaesu OEM power cable fitted with powerpoles
    -Y-ACC cable (for tuner)
    -1 foot RG8X coax jumper with PL259 connectors (for tuner)
    -Yaesu stock microphone
    -Two 50' lengths of 550 paracord
    -Electrical tape
    -Cabela's multitool (the $6 one)
    -"Packit" brand "Freezable Classic Lunch Box" (for everything but transceiver, antenna, paracord, and coax)
    -"Packit" brand "Freezable Bento Box Set" (the 891 fits like a glove into the sleeve of this)

    Happy Patriot's Day!
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  2. MW1CFN

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    I like your calm style. A refreshing change from the macho crap we are fed so often.

    As for 50W, well, get near some water - fresh or sea will do. Then 5W will do the same thing or better (typically 10-20dB enhancement). Also, go for LiFePO4 batteries. Unbelievably light, last much longer than any lead acid types.
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  3. K5QBF

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    Thanks for the feedback, trying to put my own spin on the youtube things lol. Someone at the lake this past weekend recommended the same thing and I may give that a shot on my next activation for POTA. The Miady battery I use is a LiFePO4, just sold through Amazon for $59. It's 16ah and weighs about a half a pound.
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  4. KO4NYR

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    Thanks for the videos, I enjoyed watching them, very informative for a new operator.
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  5. KA9FON

    KA9FON Ham Member QRZ Page

    Here's my portable setup for Field Day operating in my garage. 20210413_123625.jpg 20210413_123313.jpg
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  6. KA1YBS

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    My SOTA setup is extremely light and simple:

    Cell phone or paper/pen for logging
    KX2 Transceiver with built-in mic, battery, and ATU
    KX2 CW paddle
    AX-1 whip with bipod stand
    BNC to binding post adapter
    Random wire for 40-10 meters
    Three counterpoise wires
    Zippered soft carry pouch with a new, ziploc freezer bag, for emergency protection

    I think the whole bag of goodies weighs about 2 pounds.

    I can make a dipole, random wire or vertical antenna in the field at deployment time to suit my operating conditions.

    Caveat is my fully charged internal battery allows for about 70 QSOs. By the time I arrive at my trail and hike up, I've spent a big part of my day already, I won't be piling it up much.

    For a weekend car-camping trip, a 9AH LiFePo and 50w folding solar panel will do the trick.

    I find that 5-10w is fine business, even on phone. Let the hilltop provide some extra gain.

    73 de KA1YBS
    Last edited: Apr 21, 2021
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  7. K1GC

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    For the hose clamp on the mast (aka Jubilee clip - first time hearing them called that), what are you using as either padding under or over the clamp? Maybe you talked about it an I missed it, but it looks like you have something there to protect the line from the sharp edges. Would be interested to know what solution you found for that. Thanks!
  8. K5QBF

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    I used plastic tubing.

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  9. KG7HVR

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  10. K1GC

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    Ah, that makes good sense and nice and simple. Thanks.
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