How many of us take part in portable ops? What is your set-up? How do you pack/carry it? Have you been successful? I love portable QRP. I have several kits and rigs. QRP operation has taken me on a journey. This journey started with my base station rig and continues to shrink in size, but grow in opportunity to learn and enjoy our hobby!!! It's funny how this QRP disease starts out with slight intrigue and quickly becomes an obsession...HA Portable QRP is most definitely an exercise in patience !!! I would love to hear about your experiences with portable QRP. My (current) favorite set-up is my Ten-Tec Rebel, Cross Country Wireless 40m EFHW matchbox (directly connected to Rebel / no coax), about 66' of number 18 AWG wire (no counterpoise), and I use a 5Ah SLA battery. My portable paddle is a K9LU Bulldog Paddle mounted on a 5 inch long piece of wood and wrapped with para-cord. It fits perfectly in my hand and I don't worry about it getting bashed up. I also carry a small speaker or ear buds. It all fits in a 5.11 tactical shoulder bag. I could lighten the load by getting one of those 30C RC Car Batteries, but then I would also have to buy a charger and I just can't bring myself to drop that kind of cash just for batteries. I live in the Red River bottom-lands of NW Louisiana, so I hike around a mile or so to my favorite spot on a local levee. Its higher than the surroundings by about 10 ft. I hang my EFHW as vertical as possible by using fishing weights on brick layer's twine and tossing it over high branches that hang close to the levee. I look like David fighting Goliath when I'm twirling it to throw over and over again... I also take a 10W solar panel that I purchased at Batteries Plus. It has a built in charge controller and folds / packs away quite nice. It keeps my SLA topped off on sunny days. I've made quite a few contacts on 40m with this set-up and find no need or increase in performance from a counterpoise "at this location". I've tried all lengths too. If I happen to use one; it's usually about 6 feet long and laying on the ground. I've found that to be a sufficient length and tested it with a field strength meter. I'm running around 4 Watts output with around 12v input and my analyzer says it's a 1.2:1 SWR. Although, like they say; every location is different. What works in one spot may not work in another. I have a Hendricks PFR-3B that will be finished soon and put into service. I look forward to getting on 30m CW in the field. Lots of people whine about lack of activity on that band. Having recently upgraded to General, I've found a QSO every time I get on it by persistently calling CQ and exercising patience. I can't wait for the Hendricks kit to be finished!!! It'll lighten my load by a bunch... So, Let's hear from you!!