[TowerTalk] Wire Antennas Only For Field Day

Jim Brown jim at audiosystemsgroup.com
Thu Jul 6 14:59:11 EDT 2017

That also describes our FD group. W6JTI, W6GJB, and I ran 1A battery 
QRP, our fifth such entry. JTI and I are 75, GJB is the baby, only 70. 
In past years, we've set up on mountaintops, great for QRP, but the heat 
on FD weekend caused us to find a much cooler (and lower elevation) 
QTH.  We didn't make as big a score, but we're glad we made that 
decision. We only work CW (except on VHF); QRP SSB on FD is far too 
frustrating to endure. :)

We also try to make it easier on ourselves by doing trial setup at home 
in the week before FD, and also work out antenna setups that require 
less physical effort. This link shows the neat contesting trailer that 
W6GJB built.  The idea for the tripod mounting of the surplus mast 
sections came from K7JA. The ideas for bottom loading came from N6BT.


This link shows an 80M vertical that's not much work to set up, but 
requires five people, three of them on the guy lines.


73, Jim K9YC

On 7/6/2017 11:05 AM, Charles Farr wrote:
> I am also getting old. The California heat, the hip replacement and 
> the rigors of getting antennas up, handling very heavy batteries, and 
> getting the solar panels and gear set up is becoming more and more 
> difficult. Once we are set up, I'm fine.

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