So, I've got my stuff together and am going to see what kind of activity I can at the very least receive tomorrow morning (apparently between 8am and 9am is good) from Red Hill (QF44NP). I may even throw out some CQs and see if anyone is listening for a 5W station.
The photos show the gear I'll be trying with:
1) The 2m dipole I made awhile back for 2m SSB use from home (was mounted on an TV antenna mast). The elements being made from aluminium tubing and the rest from PVC tubing. This has a nice flat 1:1 SWR across the whole 2m band and also a good low SWR one the 70cm band (a surprise to me). The first antenna I made was similar to this but made such that it had an extra elbow join in it so that when mounted on a mast it was vertical – with the focus being 2m FM repeater access.
2) I've attached (with electrical tape minde you) the dipole to a simple bit of electrical conduit as a quick and easy mast. This _just_ fits inside my land cruiser and I'll simply pull it out tomorrow morning and strap it to my bull bar. The idea here is simple and quick to deploy just to be able to give this a go.
3) I'll be using my trusty little Yaesu FT-817ND which I've used for a couple of field days and had good success with.
So in theory, I'm all set. The only gotcha will be me getting out of bed early enough. But if I do manage that, not only will I get to participate maybe in some 2m SSB, but I'll also get to work earlier. 🙂
(Now I've just got to try and get to bed at a reasonable time – but about to go and write up the log from last weeks 2m FM Lunchtime Net seeing that it's on again tomorrow.)