Episode #15 - Grab Your Gear And Go!

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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. 

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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.
 

LINKS TO ORGANIZATIONS AND WEBSITES MENTIONED IN THIS PODCAST:

Chris Bravo's 'Portable Op' Presentation - PDF Version

Chris Bravo's 'Portable Op' Presentation - Power Point Version

White Box Alcohol Stove

NorCal Doublet

CW Academy

CWOps

Summits On The Air (SOTA)

SOTABeams


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