I finally finished my portable setup!
How portable? Well, the antenna, the pvc standoffs, the tripod base, the antenna cable, and the power cable all break down to fit in a croquet bag. The radio, mic, manual, and logbook all fit in a little fanny pack. To protect the radio in the fanny pack, it slides into a foam filter for a wet/dry vacuum.
It’s a Yaesu FT-7800R with Anderson Power Pole connectors and 10ft of cable. To connect to a power source, I have 3 options: Connect to a car with a RigRunner (my wife’s Jeep, my Jeep). Connect to any car with the cigarette lighter adapter (not for extended operations, really just emergency use). Connect straight to a battery with the mini jumper cable adapter.
The antenna cable is 15ft of RG-6 coax, with the appropriate ends soldered/crimped on.
The antenna is an Arrow Antenna OSJ 146/440 J-Pole. I paid the extra money to have the long element break down into 3 pieces. Both removable thirds of the long element screw into the angle bracket base for storage.
The tripod base is an old rocket launcher made by a company no longer in business. Someone really should get the rights to this and make these again! Best part is that I didn’t have to modify the tripod at all, so I can still use it as a rocket launcher when I move back to the mainland… (no real rocket activity out here on Oahu).
To stand the antenna off from the tripod, I used a couple sections of pvc. If I need the antenna higher, I simple add another section.
The whole thing needs less than 5 minutes to set up, and occupies very little space in the back of the Jeep. To take it elsewhere, simply put on the fannypack and throw the croquet bag over your shoulder. It’s all very light.