Ham Radio 360: Man-Pack / Mil-Pack Rigs and Operations-a crash course

Ham Radio 360: Man-Pack / Mil-Pack Rigs and Operations-a crash course

In this installment of our podcast, we explore the topic of Man Pack and Mil Pack Operations with Harlikwin, who shares his extensive knowledge on the subject. We delve into the various aspects of Man Pack Operations, including available commercial and military surplus gear, and the ins and outs of these portable radio setups.

Commercial and Military Surplus Gear

We discuss the different types of gear available for Man Pack Operations, including both commercial and military surplus gear. Harlikwin shares his insights on the pros and cons of each type of gear and provides valuable tips for choosing the right equipment for specific applications. We also discuss the importance of durability and reliability when selecting gear for Man Pack Operations.

HFpack and SOTA

Harlikwin highlights the importance of the HFpack and SOTA (Summits On The Air) programs for Man Pack and Mil Pack Operators. The HFpack website provides a wealth of information and resources for those interested in portable HF operations, including antenna designs, equipment recommendations, and operating tips. The SOTA program involves operating from mountaintops and other high-altitude locations, which presents unique challenges for portable radio setups.

Mil-Radio Net

We also discuss the Mil-Radio Net, which is a valuable resource for those interested in military communications and Man Pack Operations. The net meets most evenings on 7.232 USB and 3.996 USB, and provides an opportunity for operators to exchange information and share their experiences with portable radio setups.

Man Pack and Mil Pack Operations can be challenging, but also rewarding for those who are willing to invest the time and effort into building and operating a portable radio setup. With the right equipment and knowledge, Man Pack and Mil Pack Operators can communicate effectively from remote locations, and contribute to emergency communications during disasters and other crises. Whether youā€™re interested in commercial or military surplus gear, the HFpack and SOTA programs, or the Mil-Radio Net, there are plenty of resources available to help you get started and become a proficient Man Pack Operator.

Mil Spec Radio Gear: Korean War to Present Day by Mark Francis (out of print)

Amateur Radio Pedestrian Mobile Handbook: Second Edition  By Edward Breneiser


HFpack Yahoo Group


Par EndFedZĀ® Antennas

Mil-Radio Net @ 0200Z most evenings on 7.232USB and 0300Z on 3.996 USB.

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