Portable HF QRP - what's in your go bag?

Discussion in 'QRP Corner' started by VK3YE, Jan 3, 2021.

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  1. K7WFM

    K7WFM Ham Member QRZ Page

    FT-818 sans built in battery pack, LDG Z-817, 12AH LiFePo pack, straight key, 20ft crappie pole with 33ft wire wrapped around, 33ft counterpoise wire for 40M, 9:1 unun can be clipped in at base to enable additional HF bands, also a linked dipole is taken along for 30 and 20M, coax is 25 and 10 ft rg-58, wattsup voltage meter, All stuffed into a small backpack. pack weighs in at 10.5 lbs. I bring along some additional connectors and 12inch coax patch cords. You can view my current set up on my Z page.
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  2. N8TGQ

    N8TGQ Ham Member QRZ Page

    My current go kit:
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  3. W7HV

    W7HV Ham Member QRZ Page

    I haven't been following this thread closely but I've used my 20m SST with a small end-fed 1/2 wave I build. This shows the tuner with current indicator LED viewed thru a small hole in the edge of the case to make it visible in bright daylight. Worked many continents incl Antarctica back during the solar max.
    sstfront.JPG endfed ant lrg.jpg endfed open lrg.jpg
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  4. N1RBD

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    29 oz....

  5. KC1TX

    KC1TX Ham Member QRZ Page

    KX2, 1899T, and lunch. The lunch is in a bag; the radio is handheld.
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  6. KE8OKM

    KE8OKM Ham Member QRZ Page

    I will end-up with a KX-2 eventually…Christmas Bonus time!

    Is the KX2 the best CW QRP rig available now? From my research it seems many think so.

  7. W7UUU

    W7UUU Principal Moderator Lifetime Member 133 Administrator Volunteer Moderator Platinum Subscriber Life Member QRZ Page

    Sold my KX2 and bought an Icom IC-705... runs circles around the KX2 IMO

    Just my own data point

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  8. K1GC

    K1GC Premium Subscriber QRZ Page

    I messed with the 705 quite a bit and found my Kx2 to out perform the 705 in most areas I cared about. I will state that I like my KX2 a lot and was not looking to change radios, but considering adding a 705 to the fleet if it really moved me. For me the KX2 is preferable because of size, weight, general receiver performance, and having an excellent built in tuner. All that said, I really liked the 705 overlap with the UI and the 7300 (which I own), but it just was not enough to make me interested in getting one at this point. I don't really need or even want the 705 display in the field, and the unit felt somewhat more fragile. For a different use I might really love the 705.

    Obviosuly both are excellent options, but selection (unless you want both) will depend on various individual tastes and use factors. I am sure most here have seen it, but just in case, K4SWL did a great video on this very subject:

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  9. N2UHC

    N2UHC Ham Member QRZ Page

    I have a few "go" bags. First, I have a small pelican case which houses my BitX20a. Secondly, I have a waterproof case which housed the battery for a roadside "Your speed is" radar sign. I modified it by lining it with foam, putting a handle on it, and using it as a go box. I usually carry my homebrew 40/30/20 rig and an MFJ 9015 in it, along with battery, paddles, & accessories. Thirdly, I have an old camera bag I bought years ago to carry radios in. It's nice & padded and perfect for carrying a QRP station. In it I have an ATS-4 5W QRP radio for 80/40/30/20/15 meters, gel cell battery, paddles, a small tuner, antenna, and assorted cables, along with a small digital clock set to UTC and a pad & pen for logging. Then lastly I have an old duffel bag with coax cables and antennas, and also a solar panel for charging batteries.
  10. KE8OKM

    KE8OKM Ham Member QRZ Page

    Oh boy that may have opened a can of worms looking further down the thread.

    I have the 705 also and it is spectacular!

    Pretty much everything you need in one box. Running FT8/4 from my Windows surface with (free) WFView remote is stupid easy. I recently ran it at 5w and from Ohio POTA made QSOs into France/Italy on 20 and S. Cal on 10 plugged the key into it and worked CW for an hour with plenty of battery remaining.

    The downside to this thing is it’s expensive! I’ve done several SOTAs and POTAs with it in good weather with considerable time invested and bring my FT818 at least to the trailhead where the decision is made to risk the 705 weather wise. Maybe a LabCom599-705 will come about and be the perfect radio….until the next one!!!

    After all that!!! I plan on SOTAing with the MTR and Venus micro-rigs very soon both of which in my young hamwise life are fantastically built for SOTAing!


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