With the purchase of a Yaesu FT-857D late last fall I had the main component for a portable station. I planned build a complete portable station that could be quickly deployed and operate on occasion from state parks and such on occasion. Then in the spring my wife and I decided to buy a camper and suddenly portable operation took on a whole new meaning. After 40 years of camping in tents, including over 10 years with my sons (and only occasionally my wife) we have a nice new camper. I can assure you that sleeping in a nice, dry bed in a camper beats a sleeping bag and a Therm-a-Rest in a tent.
My portable station for the first summer of camping in our camper consisted of my Yaesu FT-857D and a friend and fellow radio operator Mike, AB9ON ‘s BuddiPole. I used a trolling motor battery for power. The station worked well with the BuddiPole and it was fun to operate a portable station at our camps through the summer. I look forward to more next year. I’m going to build some portable wire antennas to have some more options for the next season of portable operations.
Operations at Point Beach State Forest (Wisconsin)