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Subject: Portable HF Kit Sat 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.
It's based on a Yaesu FT-891, and an MAT tuner, and for the cased version, an 8.4Ah LiFo battery:
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.
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.
Hoping to get out tomorrow and have a play....
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