Episode #15 - Grab Your Gear And Go!
Cabin fever making you crazy... had enough of winter!? Spring is almost here, it's time to check your gear and head out into the fresh air. Find a comfy spot, throw a wire up in a tree and get on the air.
Chris Bravo, W4ALF, talks about the joy of going portable. He'll discuss basic considerations, recommended antennas, when you should sign with a /P or /QRP and a few other things that will be handy to know when you're out in the field operating QRP CW.
TAKE AWAYS FROM THIS PODCAST:
Go portable. The great QRP outdoors can be as close as your back deck or a thousand miles away. Grab your gear, step outside and get on the air!
Going portable is not about climbing mountains or exotic dxpeditions. Going portable is a state of mind.
Each time you go portable, you're exercising another amateur radio skillset.
There are 4 basic considerations when going portable; location, power source, rig, and antenna system.
Simple wire antennas are your friends when you go portable; OCF dipoles, half-wave endfeds, the Norcal Doublet, resonate dipoles.
Gear breaks when you're out in the field. Always take a backup antenna.
Signing with a slash is primarily a matter of courtesy. If you are operating in another country, call district, or a great distance from your QTH then it's good etiquette to let others know where you're at.
Nine times out of ten signing /QRP is not a good strategy.
Check the SOTA database for SOTA sites close by. Go portable - and - be a SOTA activator!
If you want to learn or improve your CW skills, sign up for a free CW Academy class.
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