This is a short introduction to my QRP kit, that i carry with me every day. The single components will be reviewed in detail over time. So please ask any kind of question regarding this via the contact form. I will make sure to answer them asap.
The kit I put together is based on two Yaesu radios. The FT-817ND (160m-70cm, all modes) and the FT-1XDE(UHF/VHF, analog FM, C4FM and APRS). The first one is primarily used for shortwave stuff like PSK31/63, WSPR or SSB and the FT-1XDE is my connection to the local repeaters. It has build in APRS and C4FM capabilities and uses the same DC-Plug as my FT-817ND which makes for less gear to carry. I fix the small handheld to my backpack with a MOLLE pouch, which also generates a lot of attention with the people around me. I like that a lot, because I can use it as a starting point for advertising ham radio to the public. The Nagoya NA-771 makes for a better antenna than the original “antenna” Yaesu supplies, and it makes for an even better eye catcher. I have a MOLLE system backpack and therefore all the “small” stuff like cables and things, are neatly arranged in a MOLLE bag, so whenever I need the space inside my Backpack, I can fix that stuff to the outside, and therefore expand my usable volume. In this small pouch one can find:
- the MH31 mic for the FT-817ND
- the YHA63 antenna originally supplied with the 817 for VHF/UHF
- the WolphiLink interface for digital communications with android devices
- the UD04YA interface for digital communications with a laptop or PC
- the EDC-6 DC-supply cable for both radios, equipped with powerpoles
- the ATX Walkabout MKII antenna system
- radials for the antenna
- the MFJ-561 portable CW paddle
With this kit, I can go QRV within minutes, on Bands from 10m-40m (maybe even 80m) and VHF/UHF within seconds. It’s always there and I use it whenever possible. The thing that really needs to be upgraded about this kit, is the power supply which is limited to the (small) internal batteries of the radios and DC-supplies in both my home and my office.
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