Field Day Primer
I shot the front cover of the 2018 June issue of QST (digital issue available now to ARRL members) while I camped out in the badlands of southeastern Alberta for several days, my one man tent keeping me out of the weather while I operated my portable HF station.
Following is an excerpt from a blogpost I wrote, describing my time out in the badlands operating my portable HF station......
......Of course with the ARRL field day coming off on June 23th-24th, I planned on taking the opportunity while away from home to proof my equipment both from my mobile, and with my portable manpack station, both to be used on field day. My manpack seems to have become a permanent fixture in the back of my mobile when not being used, but at the ready when required, and it was along on this outing. Since acquiring my Yaesu FT-897ND that included the optional internal battery packs about a year ago, and then building the 10-60 meter vertical antenna as a companion to the FT-897ND.
.......As I went about moving the equipment that I needed to set up my camp nearby, although located about a 1/2 kilometer away from my mobile in a setting not accessible to my mobile directly. Two trips from my mobile to my camp were required to move the necessary gear. Being I planned on possibly operating into the night, I had brought my 30 caliber power-pack into camp, along with several solar panels to keep the batteries charged.
Besides keeping batteries charged, and with more power available in my badlands camp, I would be able to power a small DC powered lantern that would help me find my way around my camp, as well as allowing me to read a book I brought along if the HF bands went south and I retreated to my tent for the night.
Read the complete blogpost about my time out in the badlands of southeastern Alberta where the photo on the 2018 June QST cover was shot.....