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Portable operators (5w-100w): what gear are you using?

Discussion in 'On-Air Operations - Q&A' started by N7NIT, Aug 18, 2020.

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  1. N7NIT

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    I'm working on putting together my own portable operating kit and am curious what others are using. Care to share?
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  2. W7UUU

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    I normally run 5 watts or less on any number of rigs: K1, KX1, MFJ-9200, HW-9, and a number of others.

    100% CW though so that is a big difference I suspect - 5 watts SSB would be more of a challenge

    I know there are folks now running FT8 from picnic tables but that sounds REALLY boring to me.

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  3. WN1MB

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    Heathkit HW-8, 2 watts, CW only, mostly 40 meters with a bit of 80 and 20 meters.
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  4. N3PM

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    Two arrangements that I used the most were-
    An Argonaut 509/MFJ901/12V alarm system battery lashed into a milk crate, ala "slip seat box". (in the 70s and 80s)
    Currently, FT817/QRP Ranger battery pack/Miracle whip. Use this in my rowboat mostly. Sometimes you make QSOs, sometimes not.

    Mike N3PM
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  5. VK3YE

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    Checklist of what I take.
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  6. KL7KN

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    KX2 or SW3B (with QRP Guys tuner)

    66+ ft antenna wire on clothesline winder, some 550 cord, a pair of large nails (for the 550 cord)
    set of cans, a paddle and a battery pack + 1 set of replacement cells & power cable. Pretty basic..

    Fits a smallish should bag. Trekking poles used for support in sandy areas - like this.

    I do normally carry a pint of water.

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  7. KF9VV

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    As of today, KX3, N0SA paddle, Buddistick or a wire antenna depending on the location. Paper logging.

    I used a 40 Meter QCX for a couple of years. It worked well, and concentrating on 40M kept things simple.
  8. US7IGN

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    Just leave it here

    Homemade QRP rig with wires, dipoles...


    Icom 706mk2g for contests


    with 2 element wire yagi


    "Pine baloon"

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  9. N8TGQ

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    My current setup is LNR MTR3b, homemade paddles, QRPGuys mini HW matcher and 8 AA cell battery pack. I can use 8 nimh for 10v or 7 alkalines with dummy battery for 10.5v. Antenna is is 70' wire I can spool out to the proper length for the band Im on.
    I live in an apartment and choose not to have a car so all radioing is at the local parks. newkit01.jpg
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  10. KN4XJ

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    My RV portable setup includes a 590S, G5RV Jr, 12 meter Spiderpole, Diamond whips for 20, 40, 80 meters, Astron PS, RigExpert AA54, and assorted tools, wires, ropes, etc. to support station setup and operation. It's all housed in 3 Ridgid (Home Depot) cases.

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