While out this morning on VK5/SE-013, I finally remembered to take a few photos of my setup, so here goes!
After sitting on the ground too many times, it has come down to this! A lightweight table – just big enough for the KX3, paper log and laptop (for the easy summits) -and best of all, got it on special for only $30!
This summit is a very easy one, and we have set up here, with the squid pole for the dipole tied up to a post just behind me. The 2nd set of headphones – yep – for 5RR who took the photos today. Earphones are an essential – they keep the ears warm on the cold summit, and if there is any wind you really need them to hear.
The station from the operating position – the walkstool can be seen, and for the astute, you will see the foot switch – the black disk on the ground near the corner of the table, which keeps both hands free for logging or tuning. Usually just have a 9aH SLAB for power – means we can go for about 5 hours between charges. The little blue box near the KX3 is the power conditioner – a great addition – it allows input from between 8-30V and you can set the output from 2-16V @ 6A (QS-1212CCBA 80W).
So, what does your portable station look like?
Oh, yeah, Forgot to mention, worked 40 stations on 3 bands and 3 S2S contacts in about 2 hours on a very nice morning.