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Do you take a radio station along with you whenever you or your family might go on a vacation, to the cottage, head out camping, or take an overseas trip...?
  Posted: Dec 02, 2014   (642 votes, 31 comments) by VE3CUI

  YES---I absolutely LOVE the notion & the challenges of operating portable like that.
  NO---My XYL & kids would KILL me if I dragged along my radios like that.
  YES---One can only lounge at the beach & see the sights for so long: my radio is a comforting thing to fall back on.
  NO---When I head out someplace new, my radio stays home, by my own choice. Who needs that distractioin in new environments, anyway?
  YES---It gives the perfect opportunity to utilize my so-called "secondary" radio, & to help ensure that it's still functioning.
  NO---Far too many questions from non-Hams whenever I might operate in "unknown territory" that only serves to spoil the fun.
  Who can afford to travel hither & yon these days?! Besides, my Ham radio is MY passport to anywhere that I might want to go.
    (642 votes, 31 comments)

Survey Results
YES---I absolutely LOVE the notion & the challenges of operating portable like that. 33% (215)
NO---My XYL & kids would KILL me if I dragged along my radios like that. 7% (46)
YES---One can only lounge at the beach & see the sights for so long: my radio is a comforting thing to fall back on. 12% (75)
NO---When I head out someplace new, my radio stays home, by my own choice. Who needs that distractioin in new environments, anyway? 23% (147)
YES---It gives the perfect opportunity to utilize my so-called "secondary" radio, & to help ensure that it's still functioning. 11% (68)
NO---Far too many questions from non-Hams whenever I might operate in "unknown territory" that only serves to spoil the fun. 2% (11)
Who can afford to travel hither & yon these days?! Besides, my Ham radio is MY passport to anywhere that I might want to go. 12% (80)

Survey Comments
vacation?........

Posted by KF7QQ on December 25, 2014

Some of my fav contacts have been on a cheap handheld using the local repeaters of my vacation destination. HF is too much trouble for me, plus the vhf stuff gets you in touch with the locals.

Posted by KF5ZPV on December 22, 2014

Portable Radio Operation
I belong to an RV/Radio club and we regularly have rallies so every time we leave home my radio is mounted in the Motorhome. Just like my American express I never leave home with out it.

Posted by WB4PPW on December 21, 2014

Times change
I used to take an HT along on day trips or more extended work or vacation trips, but
in today's "ignore everyone on 2 meters, except your closest club friends" environment
I don't bother. Town after town of dead
silence.

Survey Reason no. four is closest to why I don't take HF gear. No so much a distraction to have it along but the shear work required in preparation, cataloging, setting up rigs and antennae, etc. First time out camping is fun, second time "ok,", but third an thereafter simply work. Kind of like owning a boat. ;)

And I'll admit; don't have the energy and barely contained excitement of projects that I had when a JN.

AS for permanent Mobile Lash up along with screwdriver antenna, automatic this and that, the fun evaporates pretty quickly there unless required for emergency work, etc.
And you know how that eventually goes.

Reliable we're not for the most part. More power to those who are dedicated, practiced, and stick to it.

Posted by W3RSW on December 20, 2014

QRP Yep! Chair, radio(s) clamp, match, whip, Counterpoise & MilStick
My rigs include a couple pocket sized QRP frequency
xcvrs from ebay, which run for days on a pocket of 9 volt
batteries, and a KX3 for when I want to run high power.
The EzMilitary antenna gives me all I need in a 16 inch
bag to operate freely anywhere I go with the KX3. Plus
the 13 foot MilStick whip that breaks down to 15 inches
is perfectly sized for true portable ops. It's nice to have
the Counterpoise included in the bag with a Jaw Mount
that'll open >2 inches and fit on the leg of a beach chair.
For QRP frequency rigs or KX3, I use the Alpha Loop
mounted on the Jaw Mount and leave the Tripod and
Feild Bag, which came with the loop, behind when I
want to travel light (and without a tuner). Coax is just 10
feet of RG-58AU. Now that's what I call fun in the shade
of a tree, or in the winter it is my fun without having to go
outside, because either of those rig/antenna
combinations works well indoors mounted to the leg of a
chair or on the tripod that comes in the Alpha Loop's
bag. So that's my vacahome and vacation setup. What's
yours?

Posted by N0TES on December 18, 2014

Ham Vacation
Vacation is the perfect opportunity to operate
whenever I want to. My wife's family has a
Lake Michigan beach house that I love to
operate from. A few years back they offered me
the use of a bunkhouse that hasn't been used
for many years. After 48 years as a ham I
finally have an actual radio shack. While the
"grown ups" stare and the lake and sip
cocktails I'm working the world.

Posted by W0VPI on December 14, 2014

Motorhome Mobile
I love using my 706M2G while traveling in our Motorhome. Not only does it help pass the time, its useful to.

Posted by WB2IVU on December 13, 2014

WB8VLC: Ditto

Posted by W8AAZ on December 11, 2014

Sometimes....
Took my FT-817 and LNR end fed antenna to the beach back in October. I didn't use it much, only a night or two. But it was fun to have with my antenna only yards from the ocean's edge at high tide. It would not be the focus during my vacation but it is better than watching the brain-numbing reality programs on TV.

Posted by WB4M on December 10, 2014

Yes, what about me?
My answer was not there either and it is also "Sometimes". When visiting some foreign countries it can be a hassle and costly to bring amateur radio equipment. You also run the risk of your equipment being confiscated if you do not have the proper permits or paperwork and getting them can be extremely difficult.

Posted by WB0HZL on December 10, 2014

Well...
I also think 'sometimes' should have been included. People don't take mountain climbing equipment to the seashore, or camp out stuff on a cruise--just saying.

On another note, about time a new survey was posted...

Posted by K1CJS on December 10, 2014

Restrictions
Unfortunately British Airways seem to have a
down on passengers with facial hair and
electronic equipment...wonder why ?

Posted by BILZIN on December 8, 2014

what's a vacation?

Posted by WB8VLC on December 4, 2014

K7AAT
Well then, as George Dubya Bush once said, "Bring it on...!"

Can't WAIT to see the grievous error of my ways, in your
OWN personal, illuminating, & brilliantly-crafted survey.
Have you submitted it to Andy, yet...?

Posted by VE3CUI on December 4, 2014

When it comes to surveys, I, for one, prefer "real" and
"meaningful" over 'exciting'.

Posted by K7AAT on December 4, 2014

K2CMH
Thanks for the description, but those questions would make
for a rather dull survey, don't you think...?

Posted by VE3CUI on December 4, 2014

Clarification on the 'sometimes'
Question: Do you take a radio station along
with you whenever you or your family might go
on a vacation?

No, I do not take it on every vacation.
No, I do not not take it on every vacation.

Yes, I take it on some of them, but not every
one.

Therefore, sometimes I take it when I go on
vacation. Not every time, but sometimes.

Posted by K2CMH on December 4, 2014

Clarification on the 'sometimes'
Question: Do you take a radio station along
with you whenever you or your family might go
on a vacation?

No, I do not take it on every vacation.
No, I do not not take it on every vacation.

Yes, I take it on some of them, but not every
one.

Therefore, sometimes I take it when I go on
vacation. Not every time, but sometimes.

Posted by K2CMH on December 4, 2014

Perhaps this will help...
https://fluidsurveys.com/university/get-the-
most-out-of-your-survey-tips-for-writing-
effective-questions/

5) Avoid extreme absolutes: It is best to
avoid words that suggest extreme absolutes.
These place respondents in a situation where
they must fully agree or disagree with the
position in the question. Some of these words
are: all, any, anybody, best, ever, every,
never, etc.

Bad Question: Do you always observe traffic
signs?

Good Question: Do you observe traffic signs?

Posted by K2CMH on December 4, 2014

Perhaps this will help...
https://fluidsurveys.com/university/get-the-
most-out-of-your-survey-tips-for-writing-
effective-questions/

5) Avoid extreme absolutes: It is best to
avoid words that suggest extreme absolutes.
These place respondents in a situation where
they must fully agree or disagree with the
position in the question. Some of these words
are: all, any, anybody, best, ever, every,
never, etc.

Bad Question: Do you always observe traffic
signs?

Good Question: Do you observe traffic signs?

Posted by K2CMH on December 4, 2014

K7AAT
"That was a lousy analogy..."

So how about putting YOUR grey cells to work by submitting
an expertly-crafted survey to Andy, such that the rest of us
"...great unwashed" might learn something...?

Posted by VE3CUI on December 4, 2014

That was a lousy analogy.

Posted by K7AAT on December 4, 2014

K7AAT
Let's put it this way, for "clarification" when it comes to
surveys...

QUESTION: "Do you plan on voting for the Republicans, or
for the Democrats, in the upcoming election...?"

ANSWER: "Sometimes."

Posted by VE3CUI on December 4, 2014

For VE3CUI: the question is do you take a radio
WHENEVER you go on vacation, etc. For most people
WHENEVER means ALL THE TIME. For me, I take a
radio about half the time. That usage does not fit any of
the answers and I strongly suspect a large percentage
would have responded to " sometimes" if that option had
been provided. In my view, Questions that demand an
all or nothing type of response do not allow for reality
responses.

K7AAT

Posted by K7AAT on December 3, 2014

Sometimes
If we take my car, yes it is setup to operate all frequencies. If we take the wife's car, one year old, then no. I do put a dual band radio and mag mount antenna in the car.

Posted by NJ9T on December 3, 2014

Re. "...Sometimes"
OK, you quiz kid weisenheimer nay-sayers out there:
define "sometimes" for benefit of us all here (especially
me)...

Either you DO operate portable, or you do NOT---
"sometimes" is a cop-out: you can't have your cake & eat
it, too...but if you are able to do just that, well, you're a far
better crafter of surveys than I'll ever pretend to be...

Which reminds me: when might we be so blessed as to
read YOUR exemplary creation(s) herein, so that everyone
can benefit from much more than simply the word,
"sometimes"...?

Posted by VE3CUI on December 3, 2014

Another 'vote' for 'sometimes'
Sometimes.

Posted by K2CMH on December 3, 2014

When I can
Depends on destination and what is on the agenda.Last radio trip was to VE3 land. A week of fishing and radio. Was solo the first 5 days then joined by 8 others. Really enjoyed the trip up and back the 100 plus QSO's kept me awake and helped pass the time. Thanks to the hams between central states area and Kenora Ont.

Posted by KF9XK on December 3, 2014

No Right Answer?
Well YES I have an all band mobile setup
as well as a D-STAR rig that I use when
I'm on vacation in the United States since
we usually drive there & not fly & I don't
do cruises.I don't vacation outside of the
United States & have only been out of the
United States Twice in my life & that was
for Mission work in Honduras & we don't
have FREE time for Ham Radio.So NONE of
the above answers are correct for my
vacations it appears.As someone else said
I guess Sometimes would be the Best
answer!

Clayton
W4KVW

Posted by W4KVW on December 2, 2014

Adds To The Fun
I go to interesting places. When time allows I love to
assemble a portable station, run my genset, operate -
even the take down and pack up. Love it!

Posted by K7NSW on December 2, 2014

What about me?
I did not cast a vote because my answer was not
provided..... That being " sometimes ".

K7AAT

Posted by K7AAT on December 2, 2014

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