SOTA Equipment – updated

This is what my equipment looks like after I started a programme to reduce the weight (s. the 2 kg Challenge). I’m going to use it on long hikes and trips to high summits where weight comes into play.


From left to right: EFHW- Dipole with traps (40m, 30m, 20 m), 10m Nylon rope (red), tent peg, antenna bag, Unun 1:64, 1m RG58, bag for MTR 3B and Palm Pico Paddle, earplugs,  1250mAh LiPo battery 2S, power cable with fuse, 3 velcro straps, lashing belt, tape, writing board with log sheets, pencil, spare fuse, headlight, 3 x 10m guy rope with tent pegs, support plate 8mm (for guy wires), army knife,  6m fiberglass telescopic pole (57cm long).

The equipment as shown in the picture weighs 2067 grams. However, it is possible to leave the guy ropes out and attach the GRF pole to the summit cross using the lashing belt. Additionally, if a 1000mAh LiPo will be used instead of the 1250mAh LiPo, the total weight of my equipment is slightly above 1700 grams. This is 3 kg less than what I’m usually carrying around and definitely a big improvement.


3 Gedanken zu “SOTA Equipment – updated

  1. dl3tu 1. März 2017 / 19:22

    Thanks, Andrew!
    I was thinking a lot where the definition of ‚equipment‘ ends. Of course you need a lot more than what is shown on the picture in order to make a safe and successful activation.
    Comparing the weight with others would require a defined list of items. So my compilation is rather a random choice of things I consider as ‚equipment‘. The focus is basically on the saving in respect of my former equipment.
    Nevertheless I’m quite happy about the result 🙂

  2. Andrew VK1AD 2. März 2017 / 20:50

    I always carry a minimum of 2 ltr of water that’s the first 2 kg. If I’m walking 15 to 20 km then the amount of water increases. 😊

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