For some strange reason quite a few experienced amateurs seem to be hesitant about setting up a portable station. Paul, VK5PAS has suggested that he believes that many are not sure how to go about it.

I recorded this video of Greg, VK5ZGY demonstrating his set up in the back yard a few months back but I have only now got around to finishing it off.

All of the antenna is homebrew and the whole set up is very simple and quick to put up. Greg uses homebrew reels for storing the antenna parts as well.

Have a look and get out there and give it a try.

There is something “magic” about going into a park, setting up and getting on air with minimal or no RF noise at all.

We hope that this short video might inspire some more of you to give it a go.





This entry was posted in HOME. Bookmark the permalink.


  1. vk5bje says:

    Hi Col, I really like the video. Greg really pushes the fishing metaphor with not only the squid pole but also the fishing reels. He has a good set up: truly a shack in a box. It is fascinating to see the variations and different approaches various operators take. I like the antenna build as well.
    John D

  2. vk5hcf says:

    Hi John.
    Thanks for the kind words.
    Greg’s “fishing reels” are in reality homebrewed reels for his antenna. Centre core is made with a hole saw as are the outer flanges.
    Col. VK5HCF

  3. colinconsiglio says:

    A very useful video expose’!.. Have got the grey cells ticking away wildly… Always had a passion for being able to operate without all the “normal” infrastructure… mind you it took me 50 years of procrastinating before going for the ticket…. now having a good time with the company of amateur radio where ever we are at the time…. Love all the HomeBrew bits .. keep sharing
    Colin vk3ncc

    • vk5hcf says:

      Hi Colin.
      Thank you for your comment.
      I feel justified in putting the video up now as if we can encourage on person to get involved in going out portable away from the rf noise it will have been worth it.
      It doesn’t matter if you are keen on parks or S.O.T.A. or just using your radio whilst out camping. Just do it. You won’t look back.

Leave a Reply

Fill in your details below or click an icon to log in: Logo

You are commenting using your account. Log Out /  Change )

Google photo

You are commenting using your Google account. Log Out /  Change )

Twitter picture

You are commenting using your Twitter account. Log Out /  Change )

Facebook photo

You are commenting using your Facebook account. Log Out /  Change )

Connecting to %s