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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. AE0Q

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    For activating parks for WWFF and POTA, a Tentec Eagle 599AT (100w), Bioenno LiFePO4 battery, 32 ft HD fiberglass mast (trailer hitch mount), either a 20m 32 ft EFHW up the mast for fast setup or 40-10m EFHW supported in middle by the mast when more room is available. WKUSB keyer for CW, Heil HMM mic for SSB.
  2. KD8WU

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    We have vacation / retirement property in NE lower Michigan, and a portable generator for the camper. I use an Icom IC-751a and a 20m Half Square. That does limit me to 20m, but I do have other things to do (fishing, bicycle riding, wife wants to go shopping [yes dear]).

    The Half Square (N-S) plays fairly well. My less-than-ideal set-up seems to cover the US fairly well and Europe too.

    Good luck. Have fun! Stay safe.
  3. W4ZNG

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    QRP: FT-817nd, SOTAbeams in-line speech compressor, Bioenno 4.5 AH LiFePO batt, LDG Z-817 tuner, LNR 10-20-40 trail-friendly antenna. Enough coax and power wires to tie it all together.

    QRO: FT-857d, Bioenno 12 AH LiFePO batt, MFJ-939 tuner, home-brew W3EDP mini antenna (it's a sort of Zepp that sort of works). Enough coax and power wires to tie it all together.

    For digital modes, they both can plug in with a little Linux laptop running fldigi and a SignaLink box. They use the same settings, cables, etc., so that's completely interchangeable. If I want to go lighter, the 817 works nicely with an iPhone and interface box, with a cheap bluetooth keyboard. If I want to go *really* light, I hold the mic to the phone and audio-link things.

    With the 817 and iPhone rig, the weight is just under 5 lbs. For the 857 plus laptop, it's up around 15 lbs. At these weights, the 817 carries easily in a day pack while hiking or biking. The 857 requires something something more substantial with a frame. I'll usually use an old medium ALICE or my 50 liter backpacking rig for that.

    If I'm going for a long weekend, there's usually a 27 or 100 watt solar panel and controller in the mix. The weight really begins to stack up there though, and solar's a topic for another thread.
  4. W7HV

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    It's been a long time since doing portable ops (~16 years?). Only CW. I used a number of different little QRP rigs (K1, SST, SWLs, etc...) in the past with various types of wire antennas (dipoles, end-fed 1/2 wave, random) strung in trees or supported with telescoping FG fishing poles. Currently I also have a Buddipole, and QRP small loop tuner. For more serious expeditions I used my K2, almost always in 15W config and internal ATU but sometimes with its 100W amp. Back then it was NiMH AAs or SLAs of various sizes for power. I need to study up on the new battery technologies.
  5. WE4E

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    I'm chipping away at a portable setup. More of a luggable setup, really. I'd hate to carry this any significant distance. Breaks down into a couple of Pelican cases or so.

    Yaesu FT-891 with headset. Two antennas: EFHW-7510 if I can get a wire up, AT-200 ProII tuner, although that antenna rarely needs it. MFJ 17' whip on a tripod with an SG-237 coupler and worked against radials. Power will likely be a group 27 marine battery, switching supply if there's AC.

    Hoping to activate a park or two when things warm up a little.
  6. KJ4KPW

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    Yaesu 818 with a Sotabeams linked dipole (20/30/40), TalentCell battery (as recommended by N4CCB), and a micro straight key from CW Morse. Compact and it all fits in a shoulder bag.

    I only really do CW, which is a big difference. BUT, there are plenty of YouTube videos of people making SSB QSOs with 5 watts, even .5 a watt!

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