Portable Operating (/p)

A good number of amateurs enjoy going out into the countryside to use their radios.

This is often beneficial to those that suffer high radio reception noise levels, limited or no room for antennas at home.
Of course there are numerous reasons why an individual may enjoy outdoor operating.

This is known as a portable station. When on the air this is donated by adding /p (slash-P) to the normal callsign, consequentially, G7SYW becomes G7SYW/P.

In this instance I was located approx 450m (1300 feet) above sea level in the Dartmoor National Park, near to the Haytor Rocks at Hemsworthy Gate.

I use a 7m telescopic fibreglass pole as a center support for a fan dipole. The dipoles were tuned for the 40/20/15m bands, similar to those at home.

Currently, the telescopic pole is now used to support a linked dipole in an inverted V. This has enabled me to gain access to more bands. I decided to build the linked dipole as the fan dipole had a tendency to get tangled in the wind. It was also awkward to raise in the slightest breeze when alone.

The telescopic pole is supported by a “drive-on” plate. The plate has a vertical stub onto which the pole is temporarily fixed with either velcro straps, cable ties etc. The fibreglass pole and the drive on support plate are both supplied by Sotabeams who supply a huge range of accessories for portable operating.

I am not commercially connected with Sotabeams in any way, but have no hesitation in recommending them as I have received nothing but excellent service from Richard (G3CWI), whom I provided with the picture of one of his stands and portable masts in use by myself.

I’ve invested in a folding camping table and a couple of camping chairs. Instead of balancing the radio on the car dashboard and the logbook on my lap, the table makes things easier.