- Transceiver - LNR Precision MTR 3B. Lightweight, very low current draw, covers the most popular SOTA bands.
- Tuner - Elecraft T1 autotuner. Much easier to have the microprocessor do the work rather than my fingers.
- Antenna - home made norcal doublet. Seems to work well.
- Paddle - AME Porta Paddle. I have to clean them occasionally to get the dirt out of the moving parts.
- Headphones - Panasonic earbuds. I found a comfortable pair, and own 2 or 3 of them now.
- Koss inline volume control. Saves my ears from the really loud signals and the very loud sidetone from the MTR.
- Battery - either a 500mAh LiPo or a 1500mAh LiFePo, both purchased from HobbyKing. All my power connectors are power poles.
- Antenna Support - 20 foot fishing pole from walmart.
- Various ropes to hold up antenna.
- Notebook and pen for logging.
- VHF Transceiver - Kenwood TH-F6A. I have an aftermarket 12in whip.
|My setup on Sierra Morena.|
Previous equipment includes:
- BLT tuner. This didn't work on 20m, and I got tired of manually tuning, so I bought the T1.
|Here's the old setup with the BLT.|
Future activations may include:
- KX3. I bought some side plates and a cover for travel. I also need a bigger battery for longer operations, and a reason to bring all those bands and modes. Maybe for a VHF contest.
- Amplifier. Maybe I'll get one that can be taken into the woods.
- Trapped EFHW. I have the traps, I just need to design and build them and the antenna. I also need to make the matching unun for the end. If I do it right I could get 40/30/20 meters without a tuner or feed line.
- Palm Pico Paddle. I seem to have a lot of issues with the porta-paddles, and it gets frustrating to deal with them on a mountain top.