Amateur Radio stations traditionally have been associated with a table full of gear in a home station. In recent years, that has changed with the increasing popularity of operating portable, away from home. A new generation of compact, full-featured, portable radios combines with modern battery technology to make it easier than ever to set up your station and enjoy Amateur Radio in the great outdoors. Added to the increase in organized outdoor operating activities, clubs, and programs, and it’s no wonder that ham radio operators are inspired to venture into portable operations.
Anyone can give portable operating a try. Portable operators use HF and VHF bands, as well as SSB, FM, CW, and digital modes. There’s something for everyone, no matter your license class or interests. Whether you want to activate from a picnic table at a nearby park, or a remote summit after a backcountry hike, Portable Operating for Amateur Radio offers a wealth of practical information to help make your portable Amateur Radio operations successful.
Types of Portable Operating
Organizing and Carrying your Equipment
Radios for Portable Operating
Propagation and Spotting
On the Air Activities
Accessories and Tools
Available now from the ARRL.....
The cover photo was shot in 2017 along the front ranges of the southern Alberta Rockies, while I was operating on 20 meters with my Yaesu FT-897 mounted on the manpack and my homebrewed 10 through 60 meter vertical antenna up top.
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