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What to look for in your SOTA Tent

Discussion in 'Amateur Radio News' started by KG5AHJ, Sep 29, 2021.

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  1. WD4ELG

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    Agreed. After 10 years of scouting and 128 overnight adventures, my definition of "roughing it in the wild" today is when room service forgets to put the mint on my hotel pillow in the evening.
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  2. KD5BVX

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    Yeah. Find one with a balcony, get a room on an upper floor and hang a wire off the balcony like Joe Walsh talked about doing back in the day. :D:cool:
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  3. KW9W

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    Multiple solar panels.
  4. W4HWD

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    What do I look for in a SOTA tent? One made to look like a large building with something like RAMADA or Holiday Inn in big bright lights on the outside.
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  5. KI4POT

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    Good luck hiking to the top of a mountain with *that*. :D

    If I'm doing an overnight activation, I use a hammock and an Eno Housefly shelter. I can set up anywhere I have trees, even if the ground is rocky and on a slope (as was my last overnight SOTA activation). I haven't slept in a "proper" tent in years, even in winter temps down into the teens.

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  6. K6MTS

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    Curious as to what tent you ended up getting, where was the trip to, how did it go, etc?? Thanks
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  7. KG5AHJ

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    I went with REI quarter dome two person. I like having the extra room too pull out and repack my backpack inside the tent.
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  8. US7IGN

    US7IGN Ham Member QRZ Page

    Has anyone tried using aluminum tent poles as a counterweight for an antenna?
  9. KM1NDY

    KM1NDY Ham Member QRZ Page

    I have the old model of the Tarptent Rainshadow 2.
    Two 1/2 pounds, silnylon, and giant! I love this tent.

    Below are from last month's SOTA 20pt overnighter of Mts. Passaconaway & Whiteface. That is 3 complete sleep systems side-by-side (because my dog gets one too!) with room to spare!

    The bags are GIANT Hyperlyte Mountain Gear Porter 5400s. And I did bring the 891 with 15ah bioenno and ldg tuner per routine for nearly a 40 pound pack (yuck).



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  10. WD0BCT

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    Having lived beyond the tenting stage of my life (which covered minimal to maximum tent sizes) I can say that after retiring a tent that allowed me to stand fully upright while inside was appreciated. A cot was also much preferred for sleeping and just sitting upon during inclement weather. Being huddled close to the ground holds no appeal when getting up becomes a challenge!

    I now limit portable operating to day trips to an available picnic table....covered if possible.
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