Show us your portable QRP box!

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

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  1. K7WFM

    K7WFM Ham Member QRZ Page

    I've transitioned over the years from hard cases to soft packs.

    Plano range box (cumbersome) circa 2013

    Current day pack
    It includes FT818, LDG Z11-ProII auto tuner, assorted cables (25ft , 10Ft and two 1ft patch cords) all with BNC connectors, a 12AH LiFePo battery, a Watts Up meter, a straight key, stock Yaesu mic and a home brew linked dipole and EFHW. The internal bag is a Leica camera bag. The Bioenno 12AH battery sits in the bottom of the pack in its excellent packing foam. The Z11-ProII tuner has been replaced with a Z-817 antenna tuner.

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  2. KE8OKM

    KE8OKM Ham Member QRZ Page

    Regarding Apache cases from Harbor Freight. I have my FT818 within one. Remove the inner foam. I have read the foam releases a acidic vapor and eats away at plastics over time (makes coated wire gummy and screens hazy) Not sure if this is 100% true just relaying what I read.

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  3. K3XR

    K3XR Ham Member QRZ Page

    Thanks for the info. Have not noticed any problems. Might that also apply to the liners in the Pelican cases?
  4. KE8OKM

    KE8OKM Ham Member QRZ Page

    The Pelican case foam from what I understand, does not release the acidic vapor. Another solution suggested is to keep the important items in a suitable sized Ziploc bag with foam still in the case.

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  5. N6YWU

    N6YWU Ham Member QRZ Page

    What if my QRP rig isn't just a box, but an iPhone app connected to an SDR board? (email me if you want to beta test this.)
  6. KU3X

    KU3X Ham Member QRZ Page

    The antenna is a HWEF40 with a 64:1 UnUn and fits in my shirt pocket. The coax and 1/8" nylon rope fits in my pants pocket. All of the rest fits in the camera case. I operate in the KISS mode. The battery is in the radio and there's an extra battery to the right of the KX2. That's more than enough battery power for a full day in the park.

    Many years ago I use to run 100 watts portable and had to use a small hand cart to carry everything. That got old fast. I decided QRP was the way to go and tried to scale back as much as I could. Other than snacks, the picture shows all.
    Barry, KU3X/QRP

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  7. W7HV

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  8. KL2JE

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    mcHF, 4.5mah Bioenno, 20m/40m linked dipole, 40m EFHW, Elecraft T1 tuner. All the bit-n-bobs are in the end compartments, RG174 feedline and jumpers, mic, etc.
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  9. K7WFM

    K7WFM Ham Member QRZ Page

    I like your use of folded, what I believe to be coroplast, as dividers in your case. Very nice.
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  10. W4ZNG

    W4ZNG XML Subscriber QRZ Page

    Thanks for pointing this out. I've been using corrugated cardboard cover over the faceplate of my 817 (pics:, but I think the coroplast would be much better. I'll be on the lookout for abandoned campaign signs now.
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