In reply to OK1DDQ:
The lighter your set-up is, the more comfortable your walking tour will be. However the lighter your set-up is, the less your power and likely the less QSOs you can make. On the contrary the heavier your back pack is, the more power you have and the more your result will be. Therefore you need to compromise between your comfort and your (enjoyment) result.
Even I have been DXing since 1968. I worked with FO station at 21 MHz CW working with 2W fed from a solar cell. I also worked 5W station from W1 at 3,5 MHz. I had never before gave 329 report for a QSO partner, but since I have been chasing SOTA, I did it several times, because I felt just like as if I were making meteor scatter QSOs at 144 MHz… Even if the partner was located in the dead zone, sooner or later but I received 2-3 letters at the verge of hallucination, 5-10 seconds intermission, 2-3 letters again… But at least I could hear him! It’s merely question of persistence and we can complete the QSO!
I used to be disappointed spending 20-30 minutes at my radio but hearing nothing at all from a station operating 100mW from a pair of AAA batteries fed into a bike spike stuck into the ground… In case of this extent of QRPPP signal whatever QSB peak may come, it simply can not penetrate from the dead zone, there’s no way to establish a QSO… Furthermore the field strength drops proportionally to the second power of distance…
I am sure that a pair of tourist boots weight at least as many as a 7Ah battery. A bottle of tea or water as a 5-10W RIG, a binoculars or a camera as a half wave dipole. A BigMac sandwich as a QRP antenna match… I didn’t even mention pullover, a raincoat, a cap or hat and sun glasses, etc.
A SOTA activation is not a “DeeJay, Hawaii, CocaCola, sunglasses” type of action! I try to share the inconveniences and not to push all those on the chasers’ side of the table. That is I do rather go slower, but I carry more weight and try to provide 1-2 S grades stronger signal. Despite of this I received 119 (Hi!!! Nonsense!) report as well.
This is my opinion, which may be wrong, and may be subject to dispute. I did intentionally put it sharp in order to make all of us think it over and make a reasonable compromise. I hope: it did not hurt anybody!