Project update – 2016-09-18
I have been working towards getting the hardware needed to set out on my first MOTA. Batteries, wiring, connectors, storage box, antenna, lots of things to consider. Since I am relatively new to the hobby, this is all stuff that I don’t have. In my shack I am running my IC-718 off of a 20 meter dipole made from scrap wire. The antenna is not suitable for mobile setups and I have no desire to take it out of the trees it is setup in. I know what antenna I would like for MOTAs but that is down the road, $. For now I am making a 20 meter dipole that is much more portable. I am printing the center plate for that as well as some small insulators on my 3D printer. It should be small, simple and easy to use.
I have a mine picked out that is relatively easy to get to and I should be able to pull up some basic information on its former use for documentation and reference. It will be a good place to start. I look forward to printing out the custom QSL cards and sending out that first batch.
I have plans to take some video for YouTube as well as pictures. We will see how that goes with the limited video equipment I have. I may be biting off more than I can chew for this first MOTA but I want to do it right.
Watch here for more information. Time and work will dictate when I can get started but it should be sometime in the next three weeks.
Take care. 73