It usually takes me about half an hour to get my pole up. This is most
frustrating and means I cannot make short activations. Also, I recently had a
problem with it falling over.
I currently use a telescopic pole with three guy lines. These are thin string
and attached with a thick rubber band (cut from bike inner tube). I use an
inverted V made of speaker wire.
Most of the time is spent untangling wire and guy line. At the moment my
technique is to wind them round my arm and tie with an overhand knot. I have
heard of figure of eight winding which I shall try. I suspect plastic winding handles / reels are a good idea - do these make much difference?
I have tried packing as much as possible in the bag ready to go. I have
battery and antenna preconnected so I only need to unwind and put up mast.
My mast fell down on my most recent activation (report in due course) because
the rubber band slipped, probably because it was raining and windy. I believe
there is clip provided by sotabeams but I don’t want to have to buy something
that should be easily made. Can you recommend a good attachment system?
How else can I get active faster?
EDIT: I should probably add that fence posts are unlikely to be an option. Trig points maybe. I also used to use a ground rod but this cannot be relied upon on rocky summits and it is heavy.