We all take more gear than we need to a summit “just in case” but there are situations where a minimal amount of equipment and a very quick set-up/take down time is required (such as when going to the summit with friends who are not interested in your radio activities).
So on Boxing Day, I hope to go up Laber (DL/AM-060) above Oberammergau in Southern Bavaria and only take my FT-817 running just 5w SSB off an internal LIPO battery, with its microphone and the Diamond HF antenna that fastens directly to the BNC connector on the rig. I’ll also clip a counterpoise wire to the bottom of the rig to hopefully improve the antenna somewhat. Apart from that all I intend to have with me is my log book, pen and smartphone to be able to self spot.
As I’ve already activated Laber this year as a 60m test, I won’t be desperate if I don’t make the needed 4 contacts but I’m hoping, even with this very simple set-up to possibly make quite a few contacts.(However I would also get the three winter bonus points if I do manage 4 contacts as the last activation was after the end of the winter period).
Once the activation becomes certain, I’ll post an alert with an aproximate time and bands but what will be certain is that I wont be carrying my usual two bags and a mast with me!