Just about to start a huge equipment debate here I think.
I am looking to build the ultimate kit list to assist everybody on here.
I use an FT857/ 5m pole/7Ah Bat pack/ & kitchen sink that has been keeping me Company on my adventures for the last few years (Only just recently discovered SOTA so many summits activated but not claimed!). I also use the radio from the car, bike and beach. It works well but is pretty heavy to lug around. The majority of my operating is either SSB or data, and CW as a last resort (sorry guys). If traveling light I use an FT60E and homebrew j-pole dual band built in a plastic water pipe and strapped to the rucksack ( www.g4ytd.co.uk for a picture of me “wearing it”) which works well but limits things slightly with being FM only. I usually use mono band dipoles with a quick change center or more recently thanks to John G4YSS a link dipole for multiband operation. I would be interested to have a look at other peoples kit lists to see if I can substitute lighter or more efficient equipment.
By way of getting the thread going, here is my kit list (excluding normal climbing/safety equipment).
7Ah Gell cell in a lightweight box with power connectors (for 857).
Log book and pencil (log is usually a print out of the location info including locator and grid ref, helps to remind me where the contacts have come from when I get home at the end of the week.)
Pole 5m to carry, 8m for the car.
Antennas (depending where I am going, dipole kit, link dipole, kite ¼ wave, delta loop 40m etc, all in the car in a case ready to be thrown in the rucksack or the trusty and battered J-Pole for the FT60).
Coax – until recently 10m of RG58, now 8m of RG178 with a snazzy gold BNC (Thanks for this tip John, G4YSS)
A pocket full of grip seal bags – instant waterproofing
Emergency repair kit – fuses, connectors etc
So what are you using??
The intention here is to create the ultimate lightweight kit list from this thread and turn the uphill slogs into a pleasant stroll (?).
(Going to have a browse through the forum now and try to find the “ultimate” radio…FT817 maybe? watch out for another thread shortly re radio choice).