I went out last Saturday to the local Clent Hills, SouthWest of Birmingham, to test my new portable CW station. I brief walk of about 5K up to the top of the Clent Hill where I found a suitable location to test the gear.
HB1B mkII (running on Li-Ion battery pack) - 3Watts
Palm mini paddle
Gwhip 20m End Fed & Sotabeams antenna bag
The antenna is the 150W version, too heavy for serious walks, but not too bad for the day.
I need to get a lighter antenna and coax (RG8mini vs. RG213).
In addition, I felt I would need a more suitable box to carry the gear and be able to quickly mount and dismount the station to maximise time on the air.
I launched the mason line with a plastic bottle over the tree from the top and lifted antenna wire up (not quite vertical though).
Only worked for a short time, but worked R22ICH in Moscow in a quick exchange - 599 TU (Special callsign for 2014 Winter Olympics) and had a nice chat with Uli, LA0CX, who gave me a 559 when responded to my CQ call.
I think I heard a VE station before I left. The reverse beacon revelled afterwards that my sigs made it to the States.
Looking forward to my next outing