4 - Putting it all Together
Just so you know, I'm paying attention to where I'm standing while setting up in this photo, as there is a 100 meter (300') 70% slope leading down to the river located 6 meters (20') straight back from where I'm standing in this photo.
Its a very good location for setting up to operate HF portable, and if you expand the photo, you can see the snow capped Rockies located 120 kilometers (75 miles) to the west.
The atmosphere was somewhat hazy on this morning, but look to the extreme right on the horizon.
In this photo I'm about to attach the 4 meter (12 foot) telescopic stainless steel whip in place on the coil.
When the complete antenna is standing up with the whip extended, the overall length of the complete antenna including the mast is 6 meters (20 feet).
I've mentioned before that the FT-897D with its internal batteries fits snuggly in the plastic file box that it is sitting on.
With the rig placed inside this very close fitting plastic box, and then placed in the pack, the rig, and in particular the knobs on the front are kept safe while going down the trail.
I found this plastic box at Staples and I believe it was meant to place file holders in.
Remember its not meant to replace a Pelican case, but to keep the front and back panel from being damaged by other stuff placed in the pack along with the rig.
Click on the photo for a closer look.....