Joined: Aug. 2001
||Posted: Feb. 03 2003,10:39 pm
|I know that there are other Geoadashers and Geocachers who are also Radio Amateurs, and I wondered if any regularly took their radios out with them when taking part in either activity?|
Been there. done that. Don't want to do it again.
Actually, anytime I'm out in the woods I usually carry a 2-meter handheld (old reliable Icom 2AT), mostly for safety; my adventures seldom take me out of range of a repeater. I also have a pair of FRS radios in the GPS bag, so I can communicate with Mrs. B when I leave her on the trail and bushwhack to a cache. But the idea of carrying the necessary equipment (rigs, batteries, antennas, etc.) up a steep trail just to possibly talk to some strangers no longer has any appeal.
|I may have a 20M CW rig, or I might take my Icom IC706MKIIG, and I plan to use home made antennas (dipoles, wires, etc) held aloft on a fibreglass fishing pole.|
You might consider a slingshot fitted with a spinning reel (with 20 pound test line), a few 1-ounce sinkers, a coil of light stranded insulated wire, and an antenna tuner. An end-fed sloper pulled to the top of a tall tree can be very effective on HF; I've used that setup a lot for camping trips and for Field Day, with excellent results.
Let us know when you'll be out operating, I'd like to try a contact (from the comfort of my shack)!
"If you don't care where you are, you ain't lost!"