Portable radio operations - G3MBN/P




Take a quiet spot in the countryside, a caravan and a portable 'rig', and what do you get? Well, you get the sort of break I really enjoy!

The photo on the right shows the portable set-up which I use these days. The radio is a Yaesu FT-857D Mkll which is powered by the caravan (trailer) 12v storage battery which is charged from the camp-site's mains 'hook-up' connection. The radio will give 100Watts output, which is suitable for Worldwide communication.

My main interest is in CW (Morse Code) operation on the HF (Short-Wave) bands. The antenna consists of a 10m fishing pole which is mounted on the 'A' Frame of the caravan. (See picture above) The pole supports the vertical wire antenna which is helically wound along its length. This makes for a convenient and very efficient set-up.

In the photo on the right, you will see the radio itself, a Morse key (chromium-plated 'Bencher' paddles), a clock and my lucky owl! Also on board we have  a 'mobile' broadband Internet facility which can be a very useful at times.

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