- Yaesu FT-857D, MH-598AJ DTMF remote microphone. The remote key pad offers programmable short-cut keys for direct access to the menu e.g. power menu
- Icom HF IC-703 QRP with inbuilt ATU
- 4S 4.2 Ah LiFePO4 (13.2 volts)
- 4S 8.4 Ah LiFePO4 (13.2 volts) stored in a PLANO 1450 waterproof case
- 4S 3.2 Ah LiPo (16 volts) requires regulation to < 15.5 volts
- Yaesu FT-817ND out of the box no mods
- External in line microphone voice compression kit.
- Plano 1460 waterproof carry case
- 3S 2.2 Ah LiPo (12.2 volts)
- 4S 4.2 Ah LiFePO4 (13.2 volts)
- Yaesu FT-60R dual band HT
- SG-Lab 23cm 1296 MHz Transverter
- SG-Lab 13cm 2.4 GHz Transverter
HF antenna options (homebrewed):
- ‘Moseley’ Inverted V Linked dipole for 6/10/17/20/30/40 metre bands
- 9.7 metre clip-on wire extensions for 80m 3.585 MHz.
- Linked EFHW 15/17/20/30/40 metre bands, 20.1 metre antenna and QRP tuner. Feedline is a 2 metre length of RG58AU. Counterpoise is a non-resonant 6.8 metre length of #18 wire.
- 40m center loaded vertical (retired)
- 14 MHz 1/2 wave wire J-Pole antennas (homebrew OE9HRV design)
- antenna winders were purchased from TET-Emtron in Perth. You can make your own from plywood.
VHF antenna options:
- ‘Moseley’ 6m 52 MHz Coaxial Dipole homebrew antenna for SOTA. Simple design no mechanical joints, coil-up for easy storage in a backpack.
- 2m Slim Jim, excellent homebrew antenna for SOTA. Tough, reliable, faultless operation with a low angle of radiation ideal for mountain peaks.
- 2m 4el yagi homebrew can be mounted on a squid pole using a short length of plastic pipe and a mast clamp.
- 2m 3el yagi, mounted on a camera tripod.
- 2m 144 MHz 1/2 wave dipole, mounts at 5 metres on the squid pole. Has a low VSWR on third harmonic 432 MHz.
UHF antenna options:
- 70 cm 7el yagi tripod mount
- 70 cm Slim Jim
- 23 cm 12el yagi homebrew
- 13 cm 22el yagi homebrew
- 23 cm Bi-Quad
- 13 cm Bi-Quad
- 6 metre, 7 metre and 10 metre squid poles from Harverford in Sydney.
- 6 metre pole found on eBay, I often use this pole to support the 52 MHz 1/2 wave vertical.
- 10 metre squid pole purchased at Maruya Markets for $20, a bargain!
- 10 metre Travel Pole from DX-Wire Germany. This pole fits in a suitcase.
- 12 metre Spiderbeam telescopic pole
Coax cable options:
- 10 metre length of RG-58AU, I keep a second 10m length in the car boot. 🙂
- 10 metre length of RG58AU terminated with BNC connectors
- 3 metre length of RG58AU, BNC connectors.
- 6 metre length of LMR-400 for 70cm 432 MHz activations
Other essential bits and pieces:
- Various RF socket and plug adapters
- Roll of electrical tape
- Releasable Cable Ties
- Tie Down Straps: 4 * 0.5 and 4 * 1 metre
- Aluminium tent pegs to stake out the dipole end ropes, in lieu of other supports
- Sister Clips in various sizes
- 16 oz throwing weight and a 15 m length of 3mm blind cord
- Paper log book
- Lenovo Tab3 7 inch tablet running VK Porta Log
- First Aid Kit
- Clothing appropriate to the conditions
- Summit Bothy Bag (when Wx is a concern)
- Signal Mirror (polished stainless steel)
- Head Lamp
- Insect Repellent
- Food and water for the human pack-horse 🙂
Clothing and winter extras:
- Hiking boots Scarpa Delta GTX. Best fitting boots I have found in 30 years. 😉
- Rain jacket
- Gloves and beanie for winter
- 1:25,000 topo maps and compass
- GPS Garmin 64S with optional OzTopo (10 metre contour) V6 software. Note, the Garmin base map supplied with the unit does not include topographic detail.
- Kathmandu Katun day pack
- BlackWolf pack for overnight activations
- Balanced Charger suitable for LiPo and LiFePO4 batteries
First published: 14 February 2014
Last update: 28 October 2021
6 thoughts on “My SOTA Station Gear”
Hi Andrew, Do you know whether anyone has activated a summit using a computer and software defined radio before? I am thinking of something like a Flex-1500 QRP rig.
No idea Grant and don’t won’t plan to take my Icom 7300 near a summit. 🙂
A note to the UK SOTA reflector may flush out details of SDR SOTA Ops.
I just stumble on your sight and couldn’t be happier. Very well done. I enjoy reading about all your expeditions and have been inspired to get into SOTA. I was just wondering how you manage to go about all this without an antenna tuner?
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I would have liked to have seen the reply — however old it may be. 73, W8YP
Sometimes I use resonant antennas, like a linked half-wave dipole for 40, 30, 20, 17 and 15m.
No requirement for an ATU. 🙂