Short Takes #2: Great Portable "Go Kit" Items from Tables to Antenna Packs
Recently I watched Frank of Tank Radio unpack his “go kit” on one of his YouTube channel videos and was surprised to see him pull out a table from a small package he carried with him. I liked it so much I went out and bought a bigger version of the same thing, and you’ll find a couple of photos of it here. It is a nice looking, truly portable table and I’m going to carry it along with me on my next POTA outing. As you know from my previous POTA reporting, I’m a “Knapsack” kind of ham; because of that, I’m concerned this table will push me in another direction. As you add a table, you’ll need a chair. Pretty soon, if I add a chair, I’m going to want a cushion. Soon after that, you’ll find me in a hammock trying to ham it up from a reclining position.
This table (available from Amazon, Baide Pack item # B0B2P2J69Z) measures 37” by 23” and has two heights, either 21” or 29” high. The major disadvantage as a POTA table is that it is not adjustable to wild terrain, as the legs are not infinitely adjustable. You can only have them in one of two positions, so it must stand on a flat surface. I would rate the build quality of this unit to be a C and the usability factor to be a B. It’s a pleasure to have a flat surface this large for your radio and laptop, and then to be able to dissemble it easily and pack it into a small package to carry back to the car – it weighs about 12 lbs and takes two minutes to put together or take apart. I’m not sure about long term durability yet – let me know if you’ve had any experience with similar products, and I’ll report again from the field on its use. Cost varies by coupon, and ranges from $55 to $65.00.
Next, here’s a bargain that I snagged at my local Home Depot store. This is made by the tool company Husky, and it’s called a Document Bag. They sell a set of four of these 8” x 12” super heavy duty and water “resistant” bags in a package for less than $15, and I am amazed at all that I can fit into them. They’re easy to customize with your call sign, and you’ll have an extra bag or two to pass along to your ham buddies. The same company makes a smaller set of these bags, but for me this one is the perfect for my 2-meter J-pole antenna, or a 20-meter dipole and short coax. It’s just big enough to hold an HT plus accessories but not so big as to be cumbersome.
Dave Jensen, W7DGJ
Dave Jensen, W7DGJ, was first licensed in 1966. Originally WN7VDY (and later WA7VDY), Dave operated on 40 and 80 meter CW with a shack that consisted primarily of Heathkit equipment. Dave loved radio so much he went off to college to study broadcasting and came out with a BS in Communications from Ohio University (Athens, OH). He worked his way through a number of audio electronics companies after graduation, including the professional microphone business for Audio-Technica. He was later licensed as W7DGJ out of Scottsdale, Arizona, where he ran an executive recruitment practice (CareerTrax Inc.) for several decades. Jensen has published articles in magazines dealing with science and engineering. His column “Tooling Up” ran for 20 years in the website of the leading science journal, SCIENCE, and his column called “Managing Your Career” continues to be a popular read each month for the Pharmaceutical and Household Products industries in two journals published by Rodman Publishing.
Articles Written by Dave Jensen, W7DGJ
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