Discussion in 'Amateur Radio News' started by W5JDX, Jun 19, 2021.
Not that heavy after your wallet has been unloaded
Once again, I'll posit that the 705 is an excellent TRAVEL radio (I own one for this purpose). It is NOT a great SOTA / hiking radio. Far lighter radios on the market that fill that niche. Also, the 705 auto tuner is far overpriced for a QRP remote tuner. Other options on the market that are more weather resistant and support higher power. Just my 2 cents.
I love my IC-705 and would strongly suggest to pass on the Tuner and just pick up a Sotabeams 40 and 20 meter dipole. Comes with everything you need - ground stakes, feed line, nice carry bag . . . Super portable, easily changed over with alligator clips to be resonant on either band. Works like a champ with the IC-705.
I totally get that.
Yup. I'm still a bit miffed that I forgot to bring a set of alligator clips and some wire to a SOTA activation (Reddish Knob in VA) this Spring so I could connect the metal parking lot rail to my KX2 to see if that would load up. It was two separate sections, oriented in a more or less "L" arrangement. The intersection, where the gap was located, was a perfect spot to set up.
(not my pic, dunno who this guy is)
That's my main interest in radio to be honest, but I've come to realize that is not what many people want out of their hobbies. I came face to face with that in the gun world when I ran into people with no interesting assembling their own AR15 (it's freaking simple). I was like, "why wouldn't you?!?".
I read the first blogger and even stole his giftcard insulator idea ('cept I used an expired credit card because it was handy). I bookmarked the 2nd one.
Hmm, I just remembered an old rusty barbed wire fence that passes through a section of a local POTA-legal park. Maybe I'll see if it'll load up.
I am not either...
'cuz I am already lugging the 891, tuner, 15ah battery, and 50 ft of rg8x with me...what I'll do for 100 watts and side band! Just bagged 20 SOTA points with it on Saturday...yes, I am bragging.
I agree with @W5CJA . I really like my 705, but it functions a lot more like an awesome receiver for me. I have given up on the idea of it being a SOTA rig, never really thought of it as such anyway.
I think the cage is a necessity. I feel a lot more secure with it on the radio.
I like radio wavz antennas a lot (they are my portable go-to), but if they are monitoring this, can you please design some strain relief for the 20M endfed? I will be soldering up another ring connector for a broken radiator again today.
Yes, it and many similar products are overpriced. And it is possible to homebrew much more efficient wire antennas.
BUT, it and products like it are useful for beginners on HF. Remember, many newbies do not have much mentoring, and none of them have the apprenticeship experience that the Novice license provided us old folks. It allows them to get on the air with an antenna that is easy to erect and can work pretty well. The alternative is often discouragement and throwing in the towel. Heck, the things work a whole lot belter than some of the items I tried as a Novice 60 years ago!
You beat me too it! Thanks!
Well, single-band QRP radios have been available for more than 20 years from OHR, MFJ, TenTec and Wilderness Radio, also the TT Argo 556 multi-band. I got my first commercial QRP radio in 1971, a TenTec PM3A and it was certainly portable Photo from FD 1971 in Minnesota, WA0VIS at rig.
I forgot about some of the QRP radios from MFJ and the like. Though, if you went into HRO and said you wanted an HF radio for backpacking, you'd be shown a Yaesu 817 or maybe an Icom 703. Also, weren't the OHR and Wilderness Radio examples kits? I'm pretty sure OHR was, but not sure about Wilderness. MJF wasn't a kit, but it might as well been given the work many folks have to put in after the fact.
That said, I was talking about *portable* QRP rigs in the class of the 817, KX2/3 etc. You know, rigs that would fit in your backpack or day pack with room to spare. The rig in the pic above is nearly as big dimensionally as my 746Pro (though probably lighter). Granted, anything is portable if you're strong enough...