Andy @G6PJZ messaged me with a suggestion after I mentioned my discomfort crouching under a tarp for a couple of hours. And this got me thinking:
What do others do to avoid (or try to avoid) aches and pains in back, legs, etc when activating for a long time?
Do you change your sitting / lying / standing posture or have some aids (chair, cushion, etc) that helps?
I’ll include our exchanges to set the context:
Continuing the discussion from Trans-Atlantic S2S Event 23rd April 2022:
“but after two hours crouching under the tarp my old back and legs had had enough.”
Hi Andy I suffer from the same issue after a long time sat in an uncomfortable position. I bought a Helinox Ground Chair a few months ago and have been very pleased with it. It packs down to a large water bottle size, is lightweight and provides some back support. They do versions that sit higher off the ground but I was concerned about them sinking into soft ground and also they wouldn’t be as easy to get under a tarp.
Didn’t want to hijack the thread . Best wishes,
Thanks for the tip Andy.
I did borrow a portable chair from Nigel M5TUE for my tent-based adventure for last November’s TA S2S event but didn’t really use it. Most of my HF SOTA activations are about an hour long and aren’t crouching under a tarp - so I wouldn’t normally carry a chair.
I have a Klymit V Seat inflatable cushion which is very comfortable so my backside no longer complains. I put the cushion inside a large drybag which [so far] stops sharp rocks puncturing it [unlike its two predecessors].
My mistake this time was not varying my operating position [too wrapped up in doing the radio] and alternate between lying on one side, legs out, and sitting [more or less] upright. I use a Velcro/metal-plate leg strap to hold my twin paddles on my thigh or kneecap allows a range of posture positions.
Best wishes for comfortable activations,
Andy G8CPZ / M0ALC
PS I will look into getting a lightweight portable chair.