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Posted: 3/20/2009 6:07:29 AM EDT
[Last Edit: 3/22/2009 8:33:09 AM EDT by ChinoUSMC]
I've searched on Google for "Mobile Radio backpacks" and didn't find much. Only site I came up with was: http://www.powerportstore.com/Mobile%20Packs%20Portal-ER.htm. It was in the right direction, but not what I was looking for.

I'm looking for a backpack that would carry the mobile radio (FT-857D) w/ battery; an open pocket on the side to carry the ATAS-120 antenna; a compartment that's big enough to carry a small change of clothes, some food (MRE), a small first aid kit, and some accessories

I plan on signing up with RACES (as soon as my Call Sign has been issued) and help participate with SAR, Emergency Comms, etc... or just backpacking/camping overnight/weekend.

I want to see how well it would work while I'm trekking through nature. Got any recommendations or found a backpack that worked for you that doesn't break the budget? +1 if it's waterproof/water repellent.

Thanks!


ETA: I think I might have found something after searching for several hours. Anybody have opinions about this backpack? http://www.eberlestock.com/Halftrack%20Backpack.htm. It's a tad bit pricey, but I think it might fit my needs.




They have other different types of packs, but this one is probably best suited for SAR/EC/overnight camping/etc. It has a big enough pocket on the side of the pack to accommodate the ATAS-120... and the cinch straps could keep the antenna in place.

Any thoughts or opinions about this?
Link Posted: 3/20/2009 9:45:12 AM EDT
Kelty makes a radio pack with radio and battery holder.

––Scott

Link Posted: 3/20/2009 3:32:56 PM EDT
I do believe that I saw that exact pack on sale at either LA Police Gear or Botach's website the other day.
Link Posted: 3/20/2009 6:22:32 PM EDT
Originally Posted By pcsutton:
I do believe that I saw that exact pack on sale at either LA Police Gear or Botach's website the other day.

http://www.lapolicegear.com/eberlestock-halftrack-backpack.html
Not much of a sale but there it is...

Most any decent alpine capable backpack should also do what you want, as alpine backpacks are set up to carry skis on the sides of the pack.

I don't know what kind of performance you would get using that antenna with no ground plane, unless you plan to drop the pack and reel out some radials when you are on the air, on HF anyway.
Link Posted: 3/21/2009 3:19:37 PM EDT

Originally Posted By Gamma762:
Originally Posted By pcsutton:
I do believe that I saw that exact pack on sale at either LA Police Gear or Botach's website the other day.

http://www.lapolicegear.com/eberlestock-halftrack-backpack.html
Not much of a sale but there it is...

Most any decent alpine capable backpack should also do what you want, as alpine backpacks are set up to carry skis on the sides of the pack.

I don't know what kind of performance you would get using that antenna with no ground plane, unless you plan to drop the pack and reel out some radials when you are on the air, on HF anyway.


I'm not sure what type of ground plane I'm going with. Something that can easily be setup and broken down for quick, on-the-move scenarios.

I'm very, very new at this, so some of my ideas may sound good to me at the time, but maybe someone pointed out something that I haven't thought of and the idea would crash and burn in the end because it wasn't compatible overall.



Link Posted: 3/22/2009 8:32:09 AM EDT
[Last Edit: 3/22/2009 8:36:37 AM EDT by ChinoUSMC]
Scratch the idea of using the ATAS-120A. I found something that I think would be better.... BuddiPole

Collapse: 22”
Extend: 16’
Range: 7-54MHz + 144-148MHz (40m-2m / some have had success on the 80m when conditions are right)
Time: <5min to setup, <5min to tune.

Website: http://www.buddipole.com/
Reviews: http://www.eham.net/reviews/detail/2651 4.7/5.0 rating (143 reviews)











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This is the mini-BuddyPole, smaller version
Link Posted: 3/28/2009 3:23:52 AM EDT
Kifaru makes a radio pouch that fits into many of their bags.
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