QTH: near Oral, SD
Class: Amateur Extra
AMSAT # 41247
QRP ARCI # 16638
NAQCC # 9880
Firefly # 61
Ranching takes up most of my time. There are always fences that need fixing, cattle that need checking and other chores that need to be done.
To help maintain my sanity, I take my KX3 along when I am out checking on the cows.
My goal is to pick a spot in the pasture to operate from, deploy my station quickly and work as many stations as I can then pack it all back up in one hour.
This makes me proficient at field deployment and I learn exactly what I need to carry with me to get this done......it's all good practice.
The picture above is from my early days of prairie portable operations.......the stations has evolved a lot since then.
This picture shows my current station configuration, from my favorite operating location. There is nothing around for miles....
Portable operations close to home....from my calving pasture.