Show us your portable QRP box!

Discussion in 'QRP Corner' started by AI6KX, Dec 12, 2015.

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  1. KJ7WEU

    KJ7WEU Ham Member QRZ Page

    Very cool! Reminiscence of a cold war look. LOL
  2. KC7JNJ

    KC7JNJ Ham Member QRZ Page

    Do you just pull everything out and setup? Or do you have that back pack wired to operate from the back pack? I have the Amp-3 bag and though it is cool,it is not working for me very well.

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  3. VK3YE

    VK3YE Ham Member QRZ Page

    Another pack I sometimes take

  4. W0MSN

    W0MSN Ham Member QRZ Page

    I do have holes cut between the compartments so I can operate with everything in the pack but I typically set it up free standing. I have a small shock cord set that holds the tuner on top of my FT-817. The shock cord attaches to the strap loops on the Portable Zero 817 Escort.

    With this setup, I normally bring a light weight OCF dipole, a Super Antenna MP1 and an extra 3 amp hour battery.
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  5. K3XR

    K3XR Ham Member QRZ Page

    I prefer the Pelican type of case for transporting ham gear when camping. Harbor Frieght now has a line of cases that are great and are less costly. See their site.
    This box missing part of the insert use a bubble wrap bag.

  6. KC3PBI

    KC3PBI XML Subscriber QRZ Page

    Not sure if mine counts as real QRP? Here goes anyway.

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    That is a Xiegu G90 20W rig with a Raspberry Pi computer and a mobile HDMI monitor. Everything is running on the green leaf blower battery.

    I have always run the radio from this battery; today's test was getting the computer & monitor off shore power and onto the same battery as the rig. I did this by way of a high-power USB hub "with bonus charge-only ports." I'm using two of the charge-only ports to operate the pi computer and the portable monitor. The pi is also connected to the data side of the hub to gain a few USB ports for CAT control, extra soundcards etc.

    The USB hub came with a large 60W switching supply for 12V. I chopped off the output and put a set of powerpoles on the line. So now, the pigtail to feed the hub can be connected to the shore power brick or the accessory feed on the side of my rig, which is fed from the integrated DC-DC converter driven by the green battery.

    I put it on the air and made a few contacts this afternoon.

    Next I'll neaten up the wiring now that I've proven it's correct, and find a box to contain it.
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  7. K3XR

    K3XR Ham Member QRZ Page

    I like what you did with the tool batteries. I have three 80 volt batteries from my Kobalt yard tools that I've thought of using.

    Don't worry about the QRP. You can always turn the power down. I don't subscribe to the 5 watts or less when deciding what is QRP. If I'm running 10-20 watts depending on band conditions etc. it's QRP to me. Yes, I do have rigs that run less than a watt.
  8. W4ZNG

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    My usual QRP 'box' is just my daypack, with some strategic padding around key items. The FT-817nd gets a corrugated cardboard faceplate cover, the LiFePO4 batt gets wrapped in an old sock. Most of the rest gets individually packed in sandwich or quart bags for scratch and/or tangle protection. It's... modular. Of course, there's always the danger of leaving a key component at home. Here's a picture of it in action today, looks like some kid's bookbag barfed up his science fair project:

    However for car camping and storage, I do have a more conventional box system. It's just a white-painted 50 cal can that hold everything except the SignaLink & laptop. It's a miracle of packing, but it makes a nice grab-one-thing-and-go solution. Pics at
  9. N8TGQ

    N8TGQ Ham Member QRZ Page

    I dont like having connect and unconnect things. I also dont like forgetting stuff.
    So I put everything on an old cutting board and found an old hard drive case to put it in.

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  10. KK4NSF

    KK4NSF Ham Member QRZ Page

    :D yep! The Cold War toys are always the most fun!

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