Wednesday, June 23, 2010

Go Kit Ideas

With the warm summer weather upon us thoughts turn to outdoor activities, I have been thinking of putting together a go kit.

Just a simple bag or backpack consisting of a complete station.

Here are a few ideas:

Yaesu FT-857D, 5-10 watts for qrp and some extra power in case I need it.
Werker 12V 10Ah sealed battery. 6 1/2 lbs.
Straight Key.
Antenna? Looking at some type of end fed / dipoles. I have a Buddipole and ham sticks but would like to keep everything in a bag. If working near car I will be set.
Telescoping crappie fishing pole??
Antenna tuner: LGD Z-11 Pro
Pad, pencils, small light.
Backpack or heavy duty gym bag.
Digital camera.
Assorted cables RG8X.

The weight of the radio and battery adds a few pounds but not going to be doing any major hiking, just working picnic table, beach, etc. Lets just say walking distance from car.

As you can see this is a work in progress type of list, so changes will be made. Any input from past experiences would be appreciated.

Monday, June 14, 2010

Simpsons On Ham Radio

Fun video for a Monday!

Sunday, June 6, 2010

An Eye On The Sky

The weather for the afternoon is not looking good for my afternoon back yard portable radio fun. The call is for heavy thunderstorms and a tornado warning for all of NJ until this evening.
I was going to set up the Buddipole and make a few contacts but kind of holding back now. Will make a decision soon because will only have an hour or so.
Photo is courtesy of Accuweather.
Enjoy your Sunday and I hope your weather is a bit nicer.