This weekend I packed up my portable gear, checked off my check list and headed out to the summit of Mt Coot-tha (grid square QG62LM) to participate in the annual Winter VHF/UHF Field Day.
My intention was not to chase any of the awards but merely to try out my new portable station that consists of an FT-817, and a 2m quarter wave ground plane antenna. The rig would be powered by a 2 a/h battery.
I found an unoccupied BBQ area, parked the car and set up my station. I would be concentrating on working SSB on the 2m band only. Power output would be 5 Watts.
I also had with me an Wouxun 2m/70cm hand held and a Yaesu FT-250 hand held (both FM units) just in case.
I spent two hours operating and made 11 contacts, so it was a case of mission accomplished.
Next time I will take along an antenna that will allow me to work the 70cm and 6m bands as well.