Stuff I Use


I try to update this page as I discover new things that make the hobby more fun and allow you to avoid getting skunked if you operate outdoors as I do.

You’re about to see lots of links to products that take you to It’s important for you to realize that I only link to things that I use and have served me well. You may want to read the disclaimer at the bottom of this page too.

BioennoPower Lithium-Iron-Phosphate Batteries

I own FIVE BioennoPower lithium-iron-phosphate batteries from the tiny 3 Ahr up to the beefy 12 Ahr one. They are lightweight and simply fantastic.

bioennopower 4.5 Ahr

This is the BioennoPower 4.5 Ahr battery. It’s small, about the size of a softball if you squared one up. CLICK or TAP HERE to have it in your hands in days.

Rite in the Rain Logbooks

I love Rite-in-the-Rain logbooks because they’re waterproof and the paper is just so durable. I opt for the yellow one so I can see it if for some odd reason I drop it on the ground. Be SURE to also add to your order the Rite-in-the-Rain ballpoint pens.

rite in the rain 6x4

You’ll NEVER regret using this logbook. They come in many sizes and types. CLICK or TAP HERE to have them in your hands in days.

8 oz Water Bottle

I use the below small water bottle to get my outdoor antenna up into trees. This bottle has a wide-mouth opening that allows you to fill it with small rocks, sand, or water to the desired weight you feel is right.  There is also a ridge just under the threads on the bottle that allows the cap to compress against standard 1/8-inch paracord. This feature alone makes it worth it as the paracord will stay attached if your knot fails.

nagene 8 oz water bottle

This is a perfect water bottle to throw up into a tree. CLICK or TAP HERE to have it delivered to your home.

Sog Flash II Pocket Knife

I think everyone’s got a pocket knife. This one is my favorite. It’s light, it fits my hand well and I love the stainless-steel blade with the small serrated section near the hinge. The reversible belt hook is dandy too.

sog flash II

Diving Finger Spool Halyard Line

My mentor, Jim Cluett – W1PID, introduced me to this fantastic polyester line. He bought his first one primarily for the excellent spool. I have to admit, it’s the best spool I’ve ever used and allows you to deploy and wind up the polyester cord fast.

This is what I use as my halyard to hoist my wire antenna up into a tree. I discard the stainless steel snap hook thingamajig.

diving finger spool

Figure 9 Carabiner by Nite Ize

I have this dandy little too clipped to a zipper on my field backpack. This unique caribiner is designed to hold onto the above polyester line. The teeth grip it so it won’t slip if you loop it through the notches as it shows. Your backpack acts as the strain relief to a large degree.

figure 9 caribiner by nite ize

CLICK or TAP HERE to have this wonderful tool in your hands in days. Wait until you see how affordable this is! CLICK or TAP HERE now.

BaoFungus UV-5R

Here’s something I’m going to get, but don’t own yet. A bunch of my club buddies own one or two! Can you believe a decent HT for under $30???? Seriously, the BaoFeng UV-5R was less than $25 the last time I looked.

baofeng uv5r

This is a disposable radio. You use it when you feel you might LOSE or DAMAGE your expensive $300 HT. I own two of these crazy useful HTS. CLICK or TAP HERE to have it in your hands in days.

I own several Yaesu radios – the FT-8900R and two VX-7Rs. They are wonderful radios and easy to operate.

I especially LOVE the cross band repeater function in the FT-8900R. This allows me to be away from my truck with my VX-7R HT and transmit on 445.550 at just 0.5 watts. The FT-8900R in my truck receives the signal and in real-time re-transmits it out at 50 watts on some other frequency! Typically I set the FT-8900R to a local repeater. This way, if I’m out hiking and get hurt, my truck becomes a giant beacon to let people know I’m in trouble.

OGIO Gambit Backpack

I now use the OCIO backpack for my outdoor radio adventures. They have several different types. I really love the Gambit because the pockets are plentiful and it fits my Pelican 1200 case with ease. I have my Elecraft KX2 go kit in the Pelican case. This is a well-made backpack that can last you years.

ogio gambit

This is a fantastic backpack. CLICK or TAP HERE to have it on your back in three days or less.

ICOM 7300 Transceiver

My shack rig is an ICOM-7300. Hang out long enough with seasoned ham radio operators and discussions about ICOM, Kenwood, and Yaseu radios will take on the tone and authority you hear when a group starts talking about their Ford, Chevrolet, GMC or Dodge pickup trucks!

icom 7300

This is one of those radios that the community RAVES about. ICOM can’t make them fast enough. The touchscreen will BLOW YOU AWAY. CLICK or TAP HERE to have this radio in your shack in two days.

Are you hanging antennas up in trees? You’ll need microcord and parachute cord for sure.


If you do decide to do public service work like I do, you MUST wear a safety vest. They’re super cheap. You can sew on different patches that are available from the ARRL or your local club may have some.  I got the Liberty HiVizGard mesh one with pockets. It’s Class 2 and VERY VISIBLE. Get the mesh one so you don’t overheat in the summer.

Speaking of clothes, I LOVE my Duluth Trading Flex Fire Hose Work Pants that have countless pockets. They’re durable and fit really well. I wish Duluth Trading had an affiliate program. They also make this same style in shorts for summer use. I have two pair and wear them all the time.

Ladies, Duluth Trading makes a ton of stuff for women too.

This is not a bad photo, but I wish there was a close up of the pocket situation. There is a sleeve for your cell phone and both interior and the flap pockets. I LOVE these pants. They come in different fabrics, weights AND flannel lined if you live like I do in cold places.

This is not a bad photo, but I wish there was a close up of the pocket situation. There is a sleeve for your cell phone and both interior and the flap pockets. I LOVE these pants. They come in different fabrics, weights AND flannel lined if you live like I do in cold places.

5 thoughts on “Stuff I Use

  1. Hi Tim…
    I’ve always enjoyed checking out your QRP adventures but lately I find the amount of Amazon affiliate links embedded in each post harms your good credibility. You’re linking to every conceivable product you use. I know you well enough to know you don’t want to sound like a shill, but it certainly smacks of this now. I get it that it’s nice to make some income from writing, you just can’t throw in these links without identifying them. Amazon requires that you make affiliate links obvious and declare that you’re a part of the affiliate program. You need to mention this in the footer of each post at a minimum or they could cut you from the program if you get reported. Here’s what their agreement states:

    “You must clearly state the following, or any substantially similar statement previously allowed under this Agreement, on your Site or any other location where Amazon may authorize your display or other use of Program Content: “As an Amazon Associate I earn from qualifying purchases.””

    That’s the minimum to be compliant. I can’t find one mention on your site about being in the affiliate program at time of submitting this comment.

    If you don’t want to put off your readers, you should be up-front and honest about why you use the affiliate program, else it just looks sneaky. I’m sure you’ve seen this on other sites.

    Just some friendly advice, OC. I hope you take this in the right spirit.

    • Thanks, Mr. Friendly!

      You’re right, I forgot to post that policy statement. I fixed that. You can see it just below.

      I appreciate you bringing it to my attention.

      It’s very interesting that you feel the links hurt my credibility. I might understand it if I was promoting crap products that I don’t use. But that’s not the case. I only link to things that I own and use myself with great success.

      But everyone’s got an opinion!

  2. Thanks for the info I want to read your dog story about Lady it’s real long but I’m going to take the time to read it I did proves the last part of the story and it put a tear in my eye and I know how much you love that dog that’s really cool nice story very nice finish to a long life hopefully between you and the dog

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