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Just got back from a great weekend with Travis W0MUD, Tim WB7TIM, and Troy KI7HML. Travis planned the trip to activate the area for Parks On The Air. Travis and Tim both had Yaesu QRP rigs (FT-817 and FT-818) with wire antennas, battery packs, solar panels, etc. Tim was operating CW and while we heard a lot of signals, were struggling to get out of the canyon. Both Travis and Troy are Jeep guys with some nice rides so it was fun to check out the mods and radio gear installs.
I didn’t arrive until Saturday as I was tied up with a previous commitment but the guys said it was cold and rained pretty hard. Felt sorry for Tim who toughed the night out in the bicycling tent. When I got there, his sleeping bag was hanging to dry. You can see it hanging in the picture lower left.
We all did our own thing for dinner Saturday night and as night fell, the ground was lit up bright by the moon and the sky clear with stars. Turned in a bit early as the fire died down and the temp plummeted. No complaints from the group… got the feeling the first night was pretty brutal and they were ready to catch up on some sleep. I spent the night in my tent for the first time in years. My camper was removed awaiting my new canopy that hasn’t come in yet. Decided to not put the camper back on in case they guys wanted to do a bit of overland exploring. The tent was fun for a change and I slept pretty good. I did run my buddy heater until it ran out of fuel at some point. When I woke up, I switched the bottle and fired it up again to warm things up before I rolled out of the sleeping bag. I think Tim took some notes from this seasoned camper for next time 🙂
I had recently picked up a Yaesu FTM-400XDR and lucked out that these guys were all Fusion Experts. They got my radio set up with all the APRS functions and we experimented with Yaesu Group Mode that allowed us to see each others direction and distance apart as we traveled home.
Had a great time! Thanks to Travis for inviting me. I hope to have more adventures with these guys.
Time to get this started…. While not the most ‘overland’ by what’s become today’s standards… This is my adventure/off road/camping/fishing/get to and from work rig. It’s a 2006 Ram TRX4. Camper is a 1990 Sunlite Eagle pop-up. She’s on her second 5.7l engine at 209k miles but still has a lot of life left in her.
The pop-up gives you a bunch of headroom, and a low center of gravity. The extra weight really helps with rear traction and poor fuel mileage 🙂
In the last two seasons, the front suspension was rebuilt with new leveled coil-overs, new rear shocks, air-bags, and exhaust system.
Tires are Toyo all-terrains. My son works for Les Schwab Tire Centers that brought Toyo into this country. I know there are better choices but these hold up well (good discounts) and aren’t too crazy since I’m a daily freeway commuter with this truck.
Radios are always being switched out. Usually just have a 2m rig in here. This was last year when I thought I might like DMR repeaters… Don’t so CS-800 is for sale. I have a cellular based WIFI hotspot for my PiStar device now so handhelds like my Yaesu FT2D and my Anytone 868 are passengers. Will likely go for a fusion dual bander like the FTM-400 to add APRS.
Anyway, This is my get-out-of-town rig for now. Will likely add a front bumper and put my Warn M8000 back on at some point. Have put that off because I’d rather have a receiver/tray mount set-up front and rear. Been a couple of times that I have nosed into trouble and needed a pull from the rear.
KK6KND AKA Dustin here from sunny Southern California. I just figured I’d finally drop in and introduce myself after being on the TG for awhile now LOL. A little bit about me first. I’m very much into Ham Radio and Overlanding. Been a technician since 2014 and dabbled in just about all modes and bands available to my license class. I’m looking to upgrade my ticket this year to General to expand upon my privileges and dive into the world of HF. Beyond ham radio, I’m into all sorts of other stuff. Computers, Pyrotechnics (Yes I’m professionally licensed), pretty much any outdoor activity, RC cars, and model building (models kits, Erector sets, Lego Kits, and Petite Block kits). I’m sure there are a ton more things I’m forgetting, but please feel free to ask.
Now my rig… I go out and about in our world in a 2013 Tacoma Regular Cab. Her name is “Paige”. Since I’ve purchased her, she’s gone through a series of changes to customize her to my needs. Starting off she got a 3in lift, a camper shell, 30.5in tires, and a boatload of electronics… She got cameras front and rear for self spotting while cresting and off roading, a bunch of radios for various modes of communication, and even some electronics for tunes via satellite. Aside from that, we installed a lunchbox locker into the rear end so help get us where we need to go and temporarily finished by building an in-bed drawer system with sleeping platform. It’s set up just right… for the moment. More plans are in the works.
Now for the last part. What to do on vacation? or more specifically what to do while on vacation and can’t go much of anywhere due to various commitments locally? Simple… Play on the Ham Radio and BUILD LEGO KITS! By request, I’ve included some pics of the lego kits I build these last few weeks. I’m only attaching pics of some of the kits individually as I build over 20, but the remainder can be seen from the pic of the top of my desk. Anyone else into kit building?
-Dustin (KK6KND aka PyroTaco)
My wife and I took a trip down to the Southern Oregon coast to visit Wildlife Safari in Winston Oregon, and the Bandon Wildlife Park in Bandon, Or. I took a bunch of pictures so here is a few. Very fun trip and only 5-hours away from where we live. We stayed in our trailer at a KOA in Langlois Oregon. Wildlife Safari is a drive through safari and the Bandon Wildlife Park is a walk through were you can get up close and even handle some of the animals. Weather was good and it was a fun trip.