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PostSubject: Portable HF Kit   Portable HF Kit Icon_minitimeSat Nov 07, 2020 10:44 am

Just finished boxing up my portable setup with summer nearly here, so thought I'd pop it up in case it was of interest.

This is really for "fixed portable" or when I can get the 4x4 there, thought of course, it would all go into a rucksack rather than the Pelican.

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It's based on a Yaesu FT-891, and an MAT tuner, and for the cased version, an 8.4Ah LiFo battery:

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This is backed up by a 30w PowerFilm solar panel and a Buddipole PowerMini regulator/charger which also has a nice USB output to keep the Windows tablet topped up.  The panel (unlike the cheap eBay ones) gives almost the full 30w in full sun, and good output in shade, so you could run for ever if you didn't TX much!  Everything has been converted to Anderson Powerpoles, which I've standardised on everywhere except the base stations.

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The antenna is a home/kit built EFHW 40-10, which won't do the 100w the radio can, but should manage 50w SSB, and doesn't need the tuner on the main bands.  There's also a 6m carbon pole from Sotabeams there, though this is just the "in the box" kit so it's self contained.  I'd probably have a DX Commander vertical or full 80m dipole or heftier 80-10 EFHW in the 4x4, along with a 10m pole.

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Hoping to get out tomorrow and have a play....

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PostSubject: Re: Portable HF Kit   Portable HF Kit Icon_minitimeWed Nov 11, 2020 10:10 pm

Very nice set-up, Jeff. Cool
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PostSubject: Re: Portable HF Kit   Portable HF Kit Icon_minitimeWed Nov 11, 2020 10:14 pm

Great bit of kit Jeff and the 891 is a cracking rig 


Good Dx with your portable station 


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PostSubject: Re: Portable HF Kit   Portable HF Kit Icon_minitimeThu Nov 12, 2020 5:05 am

That's a great portable setup Jeff 👍

Love the solar charge addition which is bound to fare better in the Aussie summer sun than we'd ever get in the UK Wink

Hope you have a great season of operation on it and you'll have to let us all know how it goes.


That's a great share mate, 'liked' & 'thanked'!

All the best,
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PostSubject: Re: Portable HF Kit   Portable HF Kit Icon_minitimeThu Nov 12, 2020 5:13 am

Ah poop! For some reason my 'Thanks' vote has come up as a negative????! I'll try and get that rectified for you.
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PostSubject: Re: Portable HF Kit   Portable HF Kit Icon_minitimeThu Nov 12, 2020 7:10 am

Victor wrote:
Ah poop! For some reason my 'Thanks' vote has come up as a negative????! I'll try and get that rectified for you.

Given you were complaining about that the other day, make sure you tell yourself off.  Shocked   Very Happy

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PostSubject: Re: Portable HF Kit   Portable HF Kit Icon_minitimeThu Nov 12, 2020 7:18 am

Ha, Ha! Very Happy

Yeah, sorry about that Jeff. On the tablet this morning with it's small touchscreen and don't do too well with my old fat sausage fingers! Wink

Craig gave you a 'thanks' to countermand it and I've just popped you another 'thanks' for your efforts..... and as a grovelling apology.

All the best mate.
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