Well I’m all just about ready to climb a few hills, got my LiFePo battery (7AH) and my FT-857 ready to go, and have taken a week off work for me and my dog to explore the Northern Pennines and visit a few friends. (The most northerly ones, up to level 4 summits only, not that fit any more as yet).
25W CW mostly I imagine.
I plan to use my trusty 1.8M center loaded mobile whip (40M to 10M) to start. I use that on my camper along with a coil of wire which I unroll to 1/4 wave counterpoise/radial. (The camper has no metal to use as a groundplane, but that way it matches and I get out with no RFI)
A few questions.
- Am I mental?
- Should I take some more wire and have 4 radials? Its a lot of extra hassle and one has sufficed up til now.
- What is the best band to get guaranteed qso’s? (with average propgation and bearing in mind my antenna)
- Do I have to have those walking sticks? I have always taken the mickey out of them but they may be usefull for inverted V supports!
Does anyone have any advice for sota newbie?
73 Iain G4SGX