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. KI4POT

    KI4POT Ham Member QRZ Page

    Mainly for SOTA and camping use...

    FT-817nd with internal BHI DSP and One Big Punch speech compressor
    QRPKits SOTA EFHW Tuner with 5' counterpoise (covers 15, 17, 20, and 40 meters)
    Chalk string winder with 75' of 28awg wire marked at 25, 35, and 65 feet (corresponds with 15/17, 20, and 40 meter bands)
    A couple tent stakes and a few feet of paracord to secure the antenna if I set it up as an inverted V
    Bioenno 12v 4.5ah LifePo battery and/or a set of AA NiMH batteries for the internal tray (LifePO battery for all day, AAs for a quick trip)
    MFJ-1820 vertical antenna with 13' counterpoise (for light trips or when you don't have structures to attach your wire antenna to)

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  2. N7NIT

    N7NIT Ham Member QRZ Page

    So far it looks like only those who do qrp operations have chimed in. Anyone who operates portable non-qrp is also welcome to share. I know there's folks out there who do POTA and who use more than 5 watts.
  3. AE0Q

    AE0Q XML Subscriber QRZ Page

    When I go out to activate a park (WWFF/POTA) for a few hours I try to have the best signal I can. Use a TenTec Eagle @ 100w CW or SSB, Bioenno 40 AH battery, 32 ft mast with either a full size dipole (40/20m) or a 20m EFHW wire to top of the mast.

    But I'm not camping, I'm activating a park so park hunters can contact the park. I don't really get people activating parks for WWFF/POTA and then using a 5w radio and a base loaded vertical sitting on the ground, putting out the weakest signal possible...

    Glenn AE0Q
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  4. N9RVB

    N9RVB Ham Member QRZ Page

    Similar to AE0Q I like to try to maximize contacts so 1) Hunters can get in the log and 2) I can ensure a successful activation as I'm usually at a park with the family and usually have limited time to play radio (incl setup and tear down). I like to work late-shift when the bands are more open...

    My POTA setup...

    group 27 deep cycle battery (take off of my camper)
    ... I can run 100W a long time. Heavy, but usually just leave it in the back of the truck and run power cable to my folding table

    IC 7300 radio
    straight key (haven't graduated to paddles yet)
    in-line watt meter / power analyzer
    raspberryPi (for PSK, RTTY, WSJTX modes, etc) and Aker 5V battery
    ipad, to vnc into the RPi.
    cell phone, for watching POTA Spots
    ear buds
    24' painters pole.
    homemade hitch mount for the pole
    homemade linked dipole, set up as inv-V
    assorted cables/cords
    folding table & lawn chair
    notepad and pencil for logging
    Nanuk case (pelican knock-off)

    still finishing my RPi setup... I have the digi modes working at the house VNC'ing in over the house router, but still have to get the RPi set up as the hotspot so I can connect direct to it when in the field. May add a keyboard/mouse and 12V monitor as it's not really fun controlling with the ipad.... which would also make it easier to log electronically.

    Really, still shaking out the whole setup, only 5 activations in so far. Now I need to re-build my mast support as I bought a new truck...

    Last edited: Aug 31, 2020
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  5. N8AFT

    N8AFT Ham Member QRZ Page

    Tall Igloo lunch box cooler. FT857 and YT100 mounted inside. Run a plank mounted 31' vert. 30-100w CW.
    Other rig is Xiegu G-90 20w with built-in tuner. Batteries are 100ah deep cycle AGM or LiFePo4, solar chg.
    Rare for me to run less than 10-20w out with current propagation...
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  6. NC4AB

    NC4AB XML Subscriber QRZ Page

    Currently running an Icom 706 configured in a 12"x12"x8" aluminum "case". Power supply is normally a Bioenno 1220 battery but I also carry a power cable with alligator clips on it and also one that plugs into my trailer hitch plug on the truck for tailgate portable operation.
    Coax, log book, computer for digital modes, wire antennas, rope, etc. all fit in a water tight Rigid tool box with wheels.

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  7. W7IMM

    W7IMM Ham Member QRZ Page

    There are people who use "portable" generator power to operate higher power.......

    There was a 2 day power outage here and I operated my station using a 5500w single cyl generator.

    It powered the entire house + my Viking Valiant + Drake R-4C on 75 and 160 AM.

    I also used my Vertex Standard VX1700 operating with an ASTRON SS-30 + an MFJ998RT tuner, driving a Henry SS750 powered by twin/parallel Astron RM-70 power supplies.
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  8. VE3BXG

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    KX2 transceiver; Hardrock 50 amp (max 50W); Proantennas I-Pro Traveller vertical dipole for 40, 30, 20, 17 15, 12 and 10m; Bioenno batteries; N3ZN Lite paddle with KX2 mount; camping chair and camping table.
    Last edited: Sep 13, 2020
  9. KG5THG

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    laptop with usb cable. icom 7300, m2-6m3, and alinco 330 mvt. Extension cord for either a wen 2250w or rv shore power. Prefer rv power so I can have my home made ham box that has a/c and a fridge.
  10. N5HXR

    N5HXR Ham Member QRZ Page

    I've been testing my mobile setup at home, and about to use it for real on a big multi state camping vacation coming up soon. I've worked out the kinks and feel good about it, but I'll know more by next month!

    FT891, manual tuner, 17' vertical with a load coil that makes it good from 10-80m (i only care about 20, 30, and 40). Raspberry pi plus GPS. All built into a 4U portable rack case. With a 15AH bioenno LiFePO4 battery, it seems good for about 5 hours on digital modes.

    I rigged up my raspberry pi so there is a jumper on an I/O pin that sets whether to connect to my home wifi or to host an ad hoc network for working in the field. Fingers crossed.

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