Now that the weather is getting warmer and nicer maybe you have a field day coming up. What made me think of this was that we went to the park for Memorial Day and we thought about bringing our tent and some tarps to sit under. This made me think of Camping Gear that would be good for a field day. I know that when I would go to the Hamfest here in Rochester New York I would see the various Ham Radio Operators set up under their tent or some just had a tarp set to sit under with their various Ham Radio Equipment. This was generally good enough unless the weather got nasty.
Obviously you are going to need a table of
some sort to sit your Ham Radio Equipment on. I think the easiest table
would be just a folding table, because it is sturdier than just a card
table. The card tables seem to be too weak. I would not want my
thousands of dollars of Ham Radio Equipment crashing to the ground. The
other thing you will need is some sort of chair to sit in. You could
just use a folding chair, but may not be too comfortable. I think I
would prefer some kind of a computer desk chair. That would be
comfortable and give you some back support.
Now if you are just
going to the park then I would keep it as simple as possible. I would
just get a cheap folding chair or a folding camping chair. The folding
camping chair would be much easier to carry. As far as a table goes
there are some simple folding tables usually somewhere. There may be
something in the camping area or just find a picnic table. There are
some simple tarp type tents that are easy to carry.
item you may want to have is an extendable fiberglass mast that is light
to carry. There are some made by jack lite that do pretty good in the
reviews. If it is close to you vehicle then you could go with one of the metal Push Up Masts. I would just make sure you have some guy rope
anchor mounts and some of the Dacron Polyester Rope to guy your mast. I
have seen some fiberglass that may be a military type mast that you can
find through Ebay. The easiest antenna to work with may be a Dipole Antenna of some sort or a folded antenna. Some of these are multiband
and may cover more frequencies.
You may want to have some
general tools with you. I would recommend a good hammer to pound in any
guy anchor stakes. I would suggest to have some work gloves to wear. You
can get some good mechanics gloves to wear to protect your hands from
handling the fiberglass mast or the Rohn Metal Push Up Mast. I would also have
a good pocket knife to cut guy rope. If you are spending the day or
night in the field then I would invest in some camping and cooking
equipment. I would also recommend a good tent to sleep in. Also and most
important bring a First Aid Kit.
Well that's all I can think of for know. Thank You for reading and have a nice day from Dan KC2YTI 73s.