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I would also like to add my experience to just how
much effort is involved in setting up a reasonable 23, 13 and
9cm portable station. not including pre contest testing of the equipment,
it goes like this 1) empty out the van ..0.5 Hr 2) load van with radio
gear 1 Hr 3) Drive to site 0.5 - 1 Hr depending on where 4) set
up station 2.5 Hrs 5) do the contest 6) take
down station 2hrs 7) Unload van and put away 1Hr and
finally 8) reload van contents. 0.5 Hr.. 8 Hrs effort to do a contest!!
this assumes all goes well, the weather can make things impossible or much
longer to set up...plus all the "fun" additional stuff, things that go wrong,
don't work or break and of course the worst of all... set it all up then find
the feed cable from the genny is at home.... or (done this twice) all set up and
then realized the pump for the mast has been removed the van.
If it all goes well...great, but very tiring.. used
to take me 2 days to recover...
As for doing it all from home, oh I wish....switch
on and go....maybe one day!
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Sent: Wednesday, June 03, 2020 8:49
Subject: Re: [UKMicrowaves] Contest
To get any real height in Lincolnshire means travelling over to 03 square
which I have done in the past, but due to health I have to make do with 20
minutes away . To set 3 bands up on SHF is around 1 hour 45 minutes and around
an hour take down, plus the loading and unloading of the car, it’s a lot of
work, it’s a pain in the wind and in the winter cold and dark, but I enjoy it
and met some good people on the bands. But I would certainly not be happy if
portable ops was put in a group of there own.
On 3 Jun 2020, at 19:52, militaryoperator via
Re: [UKMicrowaves] Contest rules
Iam sorry Ben I totally disagree with the thought of putting portable
stations in a different section, my home qth is 8ft ASL, and in a bowl ,
I’ve invested a lot of time and money in equipment to go portable, I won’t
win anything but it gives me an opportunity to work a reasonable number of
stations, and a reasonable score, my portable spot is 65mtre ASL, I could
not compete against the other portable stations, so probably wouldn’t bother
many fixed stations look for portable stations for squares, be interesting
on others veiws
I guess you could choose a higher portable location Steve? after all,