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This is a magnificent small and lightweight plastic case that’s easy to open and close. It’s waterproof and you can see what’s in it with no issues. I use it to store my expensive Begali Adventure Dual paddles.
This is a magnificent solar panel that folds up to just larger than 10 inches by about 12 inches or so.
It works well with the BioennoPower PowerPack that has its own built-in voltage controller. I use this solar panel every Field Day. Why? With battery power and solar, each of my CW QSOs counts for ten points! All you high-powered SSB guys need to do TEN Qs for each one of mine. BWAHAHAHAHAHAHAAHAHA
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.
I love Rite-in-the-Rain logbooks because they’re waterproof and the paper is just so durable.
I opt for the side-spiral design with the Field interior layout. As you see in the photo above the one page has six columns. Look at the photo below. I highlight the column lines for logging contacts. I love the yellow cover. If for some odd reason I drop it on the ground, it’s easy to spot. Be SURE to also add to your order the Rite-in-the-Rain ballpoint pens.
This is a very handy accessory. You can monitor the health and life of your batteries if you’re outdoors for a while.
I used this during the 2021 Winter Field Day in 10F temperatures and was astonished to see how little power was being used by my Elecraft KX3.
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. I drill a hole in the center of the top and use two flat washers to spread out the stress of the short length of knotted paracord that ties to the microcord below.
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.
My mentor, Jim Cluett – W1PID, introduced me to this fantastic Trident Finger Reel loaded with heavy 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.
I use this reel to store my 29-foot wire antenna and the Micro Cord that acts as the halyard to hoist the antenna up into a tree. I discard the stainless steel snap hook thingamajig.
I have this dandy little too clipped to a zipper on my field backpack. This unique carabiner 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.
I own two of these. I consider them disposable HTs. If I lose it or it gets broken, big deal. Better this than my $300 Yaesu VX-7R. Can you believe a decent HT for under $40???? Seriously, the BaoFeng UV-5R was less than $35 the last time I looked. The only issue is some of the older original BaoFungus radios are not FCC compliant. You buy a newer one and you can be certain it won’t generate spurious emissions.
I own several Yaesu radios – the FT-8900R and two VX-7Rs. They are wonderful radios and easy to operate.
I especially LOVE the crossband 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.
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.
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!
If you do decide to do public service work as I do, you MUST wear a safety vest. Be sure to get one like in the photo below. You’ll need the pockets, pen holders, and the all-important speaker-microphone clips you see up just below the shoulders
They’re super cheap. You can sew on different patches that are available from the ARRL or your local club may have some. Look below at the special patch you get if you’re one of my NEFR radio operators! The vest in the photo above is excellent because of the pockets, pen slots, and speaker/microphone loops. 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.