Discussion in 'QRP Corner' started by AI6KX, Dec 12, 2015.
How do you carry your QRP gadgets around?
I'm a bagger. Also take another bag for what I call qrp fishing. Ultralight tackle only. 4lb test ultralight reel. Can't wait till spring. Hybrid Sunfish on ultralight.
Thanks for the new thread.
Pic issues, sorry.
Here is a pic of my current portable QRP box. Currently I'm working on a new one, but until it's finished, this is what I'll be using. It has the following fear:
Icom 703 Transciever
old MFJ 902 Tuner
MFJ Power conditioner ( a great piece of gear for using less than perfect power sources)
Sealed Lead/ Acid Batter
misc cables, mic, charging system and so forth.
all contained in a fitted wooden box.
It has turned out to be a great set-up..... and I've used it in the field many times. After the new one is completed, I'll be keeping this one as a back-up.
Here is my day pack.
I used to carry a MFJ Travel Tuner Model 902 15.35 oz.
Next, I carried only resonant dipole antennas.
I recently purchased the YouKits FG-01 to try multiband antennas, like the EndFedz or this RadioWavz QRP DX 40-10.
I used it to make a laminated "cheat-sheet" for best match and all that internal tuner can handle, as I expect to do more multiband antenna experiments on my own.
The small plastic bag has my SOTAbeams Click2Tune.
It works for the FT-817, FT-857 and FT-897.
I store and transport in an indestructible steel first aid box, but since it weighs more than the contents, I transfer to a bag for backpacking.
Box lid and logbook removed to show the Weber Tribander, noise-cancelling earbuds, speaker, ATU, 10 ft RG174 jumper, keyer paddle, Li-ion battery, charger, coax adaptors, clipboard, LED light, a few tools. In an A4 stationery box. It's resting on a folding stand that weighs about 5 ounces.
The box is light but flimsy so I screw the bottom to the lid with the clipboard to stiffen the assembly and create a lap desk.
Parallel dipoles for 20, 17, and 15 and 45' RG-174. The foam rubber tiles make good seat cushions.
Oops - rotational failure... Same gear used at home with a cheap amp (outboard LPF shown)
Do they make freeze-dried Beanee Weenees?
Run that "Beanee Weenie" thru a mouli, and dehydrate? Add hot water.
Heh. I am an ultralight backpacker. That, will become more apparent.
The FT-817ND on my day pack (up the thread) is a "tubby" at 2 lbs. 7.2 oz.
My recent acquisition is a YouKits TJ2B MK2 at 1 lb. 9.8 oz.
HF SSB and all reasonably "trail friendly" nevertheless, I still look around for weight savings.
Here is the HF "HT" w/carry case.
End Fed wire
Please don't mistake me for a back packer. I am familiar with the term, but that is where all similarities end. I am also not 100% qrp, just out at the farm. For me, it is all about
getting out of the shack and enjoying my two favorite out door activities. Ham radio and fishing. I drive to my farm, 20 minutes, drive through the pasture, 5 minutes, and am set up for qrp cw ham radio and fishing for hybrid blue gill and sunfish in 15 minutes. The older I get the simpler I want things. I was out of sardines during the photo session. Now I am off to google that radio you featured in your post. Never seen that before. How did I miss it? Thanks for posting. Oh, BTW, for those who haven't taken a ham radio out of the towns, cities where you live and experienced the often zero noise floor that is offered out there I recommend you try it.
again, thanks for the new thread.