Tuesday, June 16, 2015

Simple Ham Radio Antennas--HF gear for wilderness hiking. Post #463.

If you have trouble viewing this video, please insert this URL into your browser search box:  https://youtu.bedHRSsbpy2aU.  As the ARRL Field Day approaches (27-28 June 2015), many hams will be considering portable operations beyond the confines of "civilization."  You may elect to hike into a national park as the producer of this video, Timmy D., did back in August 2009.  Timmy does a good job of showing how to pack HF gear for a wilderness hike and camping.  His equipment is light and fairly simple: The rig is a Yaesu FT-817ND; the antenna is a homebrewed 20 meter dipole; his powe supply is a "trusty" 9 Ah sealed lead-acid battery (SLA); and his DC cord is an alligator clip lead.  With this simple system, Timmy made many contacts in the eastern part of the United States. You could adapt some of his ideas for a 1E (emergency power) portable station for Field Day.  Good luck!  For the latest Amateur Radio news and events, please check out the blog sidebars.  These news feeds are updated daily.  You can follow our blog community with a free e-mail subscription or by tapping into the blog RSS feed. Thanks for joining us today!  Aloha es 73 de Russ (KH6JRM.