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

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

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  1. K8JD

    K8JD Ham Member QRZ Page

    For camping weekends I load up one of my MFJ cubs, a light wire dipole and some light rope to deploy in tree branches, J38 Key, 8 AH rechargable batt and a wall wart charger if I need it.
    A 5x7" spiral notebook to log QSOs, and a couple of ballpoint pens.
    That's all I need.
    (if it's a "contest weekend" I take the MfJ9030 or 9017 to get on a WARC band)
  2. KD7LX

    KD7LX Premium Subscriber QRZ Page

    Interesting! I have been honing my old Morse code skills and have been getting back into CW. I don't have a rig with silent QSK right now, but I remember how nice it was on my ancient Triton IV many decades ago. That is what draws me to the KX-2, but I've never seen one in real life. Also, I've read several places that the KX-2 has a "lower noise floor", however one quantifies that. The 705 looks like the one and done package, though. It would be a little less cumbersome to lug around than my G90. Technology doesn't age well so I am also more apt to spend big dollars on a more modern design. These are wonderful problems to have.
  3. W7MDN

    W7MDN Ham Member QRZ Page

    Throw line. I don't bother with a mast anymore. The throw line hands down is the easiest way to get an antenna much higher in less than half the time.
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  4. KC7JNJ

    KC7JNJ Ham Member QRZ Page

    Ha ha ha not on the Waterville Plateau, or the Palouse... As there isnt any trees ;)
  5. WD4ELG

    WD4ELG Ham Member QRZ Page

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  6. KV4PD

    KV4PD Ham Member QRZ Page

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  7. CA3FJK

    CA3FJK Premium Subscriber QRZ Page

    last time I went portable I carried 40lbs up hill for two hours to try out a two element yagi for 10m from a "near by" hill.

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  8. WD4ELG

    WD4ELG Ham Member QRZ Page

    Fernando - que linda la vista! Bien hecho.
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  9. CA3FJK

    CA3FJK Premium Subscriber QRZ Page

    gracias! little toasty place to operate but It was fun!
  10. KU3X

    KU3X Ham Member QRZ Page

    First the disclaimer: I can't say that one configuration is better than the other when it comes to the HWEF40. My results mostly relate to band conditions at that time. Without having two antennas up at the same time to compare, I can't qualify the results.

    Moving on......When I first started to use my HWEF40, I erected two antennas to make a comparison. The other antenna was a 1/2 wave 40 meter wire antenna fed with coax.
    They were both erected at the same height with the same slope. I used reverse beacon to make a comparison. By the end of the test, I averaged out the results and found that they both performed exactly the same.

    Since my last post, I decided to erect my HWEF40 as an inverted L. The feed point was 4 feet above the ground and the L was at the 26 foot mark on my mast. The wire then sloped down to the tree that I always used to tie off all of my antennas to.
    I worked a lot of station on 20 meters that day. I was very happy with the results and the next time, if I have a choice, I will go for the inverted L instead of the horizontal configuration.

    So, does the inverted L work better than a HWEF erected horizontally? I have no idea.

    Just keep in mind, without having a second know good antenna to compare the EF to, you really don't know how well your antenna works.

    Barry, KU3X/QRP
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