After a year and a half of sporadic activating (200 points) I’ve been thinking about my “ideal” set up for HF, 6m and 2m. I’ve mostly concentrated on 2m FM, but starting to do a bit of 2m SSB with the 817. When I first started I tried SSB on 40m and had some very limited success and a lot of failure… no one could hear me most of the time on 5W.
So, kit list might look something like this.
FT-817 on 2.5W or 5W.
Run TOKYO HY-POWER HL-45B, 2.5W in 20W-30W out(?) 5W in 45W out??? It’s a bit expensive (hi hi) so I wonder if there is a cheaper alternative that is still robust, performs well, has reasonable power consumption and doesn’t weigh a ton?
Linked dipole for 20m,30m and 40m, inverted Vee with a fishing pole. SSB
Yagi on 6m SSB and FM (not really sure what’s the best way to go on antenna for hill topping on 6m)
Yagi on 2m (use 5w from the FT-817 without the amp) on SSB and FM
No tuner, rely on resonant antennas.
Commercial LiPo pack - 12v 10Ah Lithium Polymer Battery Pack from Tracer, again very expensive, but I live in fear of exploding batteries.
If the weather is bad, just use FT-270 handheld on 2m with Yagi.
I already have the FT817 and the FT270 plus assorted bits and antennas.
Clearly I wouldn’t carry all of this on every trip, I would mix and match based on the expected day out and the hills I was doing.
Oh and I’m thinking about learning morse over the winter, which I guess will mean I don’t have to worry about amplification for HF as the 5W from the 817 would be fine.
A lot in there but I’d appreciate your thoughts folks?