Portable Station configuration

Out "in the field", I like to use either an Elad FDM-DUO or a YouKits HB-1B TFR or my Yaesu FT-817ND. For handheld use, I usually take either my Kenwood TH-D74E or an Icom ID-51 or 31. Increasingly I use my Talkpod N58 Network Radio as the coverage is excellent! 

For higher power HF operations, I sometimes use an Elecraft KXPA-100 amp with one of my QRP radios - good for all modes! A variety of antennas are used - usually a Sotabeams linked dipole of some sort, though sometimes a 3 element SOTA beam for 144MHz. I also use a home-brew 160m dipole with some success...

2010 saw a debut in the Backpackers Contests and a successful win in the 50MHz section with my pals G3YXM and G4FPH. Not bad for a first time! Our exploits even made the front cover of RadCom in August 2011 as seen here.

© Chris G7DDN 2018