Going Portable (HF Radio)
The FT-857D is a relatively small, portable all mode all band radio and was the first HF rig I bought when getting into the hobby. For the past couple of years its been permanently mounted in the car, but doesn’t get a whole lot of use in that mode as children-in-tow doesn’t really lend itself to many contacts when mobile.
I did get very lucky here and acquired the perfect pack for this radio from another member of the radio club who has upgraded to a more modern, lighter, and more portable radio for his ops. And when I say perfect, I mean it as this pack was made specifically for the FT-817/FT-857 radio’s.
A Signalink has been added to enable data modes (PSK-31, JT-65, etc) and a 8.5 amp hour LIFEPO4 battery to run the rig when I’m away from the usual power sources (solar).
The entire pack weighs a few Kg so it’s not that light weight, The Lifepo4 battery is a good deal lighter than the equivalent SLAB and the voltage range is perfect for this radio so no voltage regulator required.
I still need to sort out portable PSK-31 as I don’t really want to carry my macbook up a mountain where its likely to fall victim to the inclement weather. I am working on ‘fixing’ my Nexus 7 for this, or may jailbreak the old Chromebook my daughter has decided is no longer suitable for school.
All in all I’m happy with the solution so far.
Now to add:
* Squid pole
* Resonant antenna for the usual bands.
* carry capability for water/food/raincoats etc.