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Author Topic: My QRP HF station.  (Read 3555 times)
GILGSN
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« on: April 13, 2013, 07:43:04 PM »

Hello,

I thought you guys might like my setup: http://radiopreppers.com/images/HFCW.jpg

  • Weber MTR 40/20m CW transceiver.
  • BetterQRP end-fed half-wave tuner.
  • LNR Precision Trail Friendly wire/choke.
  • American Morse DCP paddle.
  • Goal Zero Nomad 7 & Guide10 solar kit.
  • AA NiMH cells.
  • Veho360 mini speaker.
  • RG-174 coax cable.

If all goes as planned I should be putting it to the test this week during a one-week camping trip...

Gil.
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AE4RV
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« Reply #1 on: April 15, 2013, 09:42:14 AM »

Looks great, have fun camping.
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NU4B
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« Reply #2 on: April 15, 2013, 03:11:18 PM »

Yes, looks great and have fun!!!

And the total weight is......?
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GILGSN
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« Reply #3 on: April 16, 2013, 05:42:19 AM »

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And the total weight is......?

Thanks guys. I haven't weighted the whole thing yet, but it isn't much. I don't think you can go much lighter. Maybe with a shorter coax, earplugs, tiny paddle and ditching the solar panel, which I use to charge other stuff, so it might be considered not part of the station.. Without the panel, it would probably all fit in a cargo-pants pocket..

Gil.
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« Reply #4 on: April 17, 2013, 08:52:40 AM »

Hi Gil,
Nice setup! That should be a fun camping trip.

Another idea to shed weight is to lose the coax on an end fed antenna (or shorten it if you must). My end fed antenna does not use any coax.. just connects to some string up in the tree and the other end goes to the radio (or tuner). Perhaps just use a double male bnc between your rig/tuner or a very short piece of coax. By using earplugs you can lose the extra battery pack and speaker (or keep the extra battery pack for longer radio usage). I just use earbuds with mine.

I've seen lightweight solar panels that "roll up" that are on some sort of canvas material.. no idea on cost..
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