Many thanks to Alan (W2AEW) who shares the following article about his portable field radio kit which will be featured on our Field Kit Gallery page. If you would like to share your field kit with the QRPer community, read this post. Check out Alan’s field kit:
W2AEW Field Radio Kit
I’ve only been active with POTA for a little over a year, but have put together a kit that gives me lots of options for antenna deployments.
The main kit is in an old camera bag that I picked up at a hamfest for $5:
One of the outside side pockets houses a small tripod and some little ground stakes for securing support ropes, etc.
The other outside side pocket houses a small digital recorder and a cellular hot spot:
The main section of the bag holds the KX2 which includes the internal battery and tuner. It also holds the BamaTech TP-III paddles, a small Vibroplex mini Camelback straight key, a dummy load, a sparkplug gear 49:1 transformer…
… along with various RF adapters, a homemade tripod adapter for the AX1, some earbuds, a power cord for the KX2, a small microphone and my homemade window mount for the AX1 and another 25’ length of coax:
There is a 20’ lightweight telescoping “fishing pole” that is great for elevating lightweight wire antennas. I’ll often use this to mount my 40m EFHW as an inverted Vee.
I keep an old Par Electronics tri-band end fed in the kit:
But the main antenna in this kit is the SuperAntenna MP1. I don’t use the short telescoping whip with mine. I mainly use a 10’ telescoping whip (MFJ-1976) or a military style collapsible whip. Shown here are the main antenna coil, homebrew adjustment gauge, the rarely used 80m coil, the counterpoise set, and the tripod:
I also keep a few mounting options in this bag. I have a few lightweight aluminum stakes that I will use to secure the tripod on breezy days, or use as a mounting point for the aforementioned 20’ pole. Also included are the flat bar mount for the MP1, as well as a couple of C-clamps and a vice grip clamp mount. The vice grip also serves as a hammer to drive the stakes into the ground when needed.
I’ll often pare-down the kit for specific activations when I already know what I’ll use/deploy. Otherwise, I’ll keep it all ready in the car to give me options to adapt to whatever the site presents for antenna deployment – depending on trees, wind, band conditions, time allotted, and other users of the park.