Summer Camp Portable: 160-6M HF Vertical Antenna, Go Kit
Campground portable ham radio operation with a Greyline Performance HF Vertical Antenna and 40 Watts in the Sawtooth Wilderness near Sun Valley, Idaho
The 28' Greyline Vertical Antenna for HF was so quiet on any band up on that high ridge with what seemed a reflection of signals from the giant granite mountain to the east. Ham Radio is so fun again.
If we could hear them, we can work them!
By Jon, KL2A/W7 Memorial Day, May 31, 2021
At Greyline, we get long lists of emails, many of which are requests for more examples of summer portable operation. I happen to have a blog post from last summer I can share here that showcases camping and RV summer travel operations. This can apply to DXpeditions too as the antenna breaks down into 4' sections and easily slips into a Ski Bag. I've taken mine from high mountains to ocean villas. Here's my short notes style submission from the mountains of Idaho one smoky fire-season weekend.
September 13, 2020: Sawtooth Wilderness near Stanley, Idaho.
Packed up my ski bag ham radio, portable go kit including the Greyline Performance HF vertical antenna, and headed for the mountains of Southcentral Idaho, north of Sun Valley in the Sawtooth Wilderness Preserve.
- Greyline Performance 28’ OCF Vertical Dipole
- Icom 7610 Transceiver at 40W
- LDG RT-100 Remote Tuner at the Vertical
- Vibroplex Code Warrior Junior CW "morse code" Paddle
As luck would have it, there was a four-hour CW sprint contest called NAQP (North America QSO Party) Saturday night, just about the time I would land at a campground for the evening. These contests are very popular and the bands are full of activity for the full 4-hours. I was excited to give the antenna a high mountain air test run and there should be lots of guys to try and work.
"Almost everyone I called heard the signal and they were indeed loud."
"I could hear everything and everyone on the bands!"
What are Customers are saying?
- "Real DX 160-6M at my HOA"
- "4 Band DXCC in 3-months at my HOA."
- "So pretty my XYL approves!"
- "If I can hear it, I can work it."
"I dug a hole in the back yard to please the wife, poured concrete and then she says, 'it's beautiful, let's put it in the front yard.' I dug another hole."
Greyline says: Sorry about the extra work but how cool is that the XYL wants it in the front yard, just where you originally wanted it. Good on you, sir.
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