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    tips for operating in bad weather.

    The sun is not always shining, and the wind isn't always quiet. And staying home or not getting to activate that peak you have just climbed because you don't want your priced radio to get wet is no fun. Besides carrying an military heavy radio, what is your best tips for not risking ruining your gear and still get your signal out.

    I used to carry an mobile with an detachable front panel. I could leave the radio in an "waterproof" environment like my pack or an ammo box and just bring cabels out to the antenna and the front panel. The panel could than be held reasonably safe under my rain gear or similar. But after I got my kx3 this don't seem as easy.

    So from a light drizzle to snow storm. What is your favorite method of keeping you and your radio dry.
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    Re: tips for operating in bad weather.

    I have a 3M x3M DD tarp in my manpack. I can create a nice shelter in just a few minutes so I can sit and operate through the rain
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    Re: tips for operating in bad weather.

    That's been on my mind also. How do you set it up? Are you using trees or do you bring poles?
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    Re: tips for operating in bad weather.

    I usually set mine up as a small tent. I use a walking pole to support it.

    This youtube video shows it well.

    https://youtu.be/yMAtpWQdVbY
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    Re: tips for operating in bad weather.

    Here are some of the methods I have used on SOTA activations...Bothy bag comes out on top though...light to carry..keeps you warm etc.
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    Umbrella and inside a poly bag
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    Inside the Bothy bag..my 817 is in a picnic bag and dry bag usually
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    Last Sunday...Mynydd Mawr GW/NW-026 for SOTA..817 inside the picnic bag and Dry bag during activation

    Hope it gives you some ideas

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    Re: tips for operating in bad weather.

    Thanks for all of your tips and ideas.

    I'm hoping do get to try them out for some winter portable and gain some extra bonus points for my sota activation's.
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    Re: tips for operating in bad weather.

    I prefer to take the weigh penalty hit and slight time penalty, but major comfort bonus of either a beach shelter (tent like 2pole dome) or an actual tent. Really keeps the wind at bay and makes experience more enjoyable.
    I tend to treat an activation more as a chance to get out and work radio rather than the minimum QSOs and move on though.
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    Re: tips for operating in bad weather.

    I quite fancy the idea of one of these not just for radio but when we go camping at other times.
    Room underneath for batterers and other kit.
    À la perchoine

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    Re: tips for operating in bad weather.

    When browsing the internet for something completely different i stumbled upon this.

    https://www.weatherwriter.co.uk/inde...roof-clipboard

    Anyone have any experience with this or similar products?
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    Re: tips for operating in bad weather.

    I've not see one of them before. Seems a little expensive for what it is.
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