HF Portable Gear Cat Intro
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The PRC-104 is a fun radio to do portable & pedestrian mobile with. While not as light as the VX-1210, it's very usable. RF characteristics are great, and and integrated autotuner works well with whips or long wires.
You won't find a more rugged radio. This Hughes design was made to last!
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I've had more fun with this little 10w SSB portable than I can remember. It get's packed when nothing else does, and has served well on 40m, 60m, and 75m.
My JSB's were used by a treasure hunting company on the west coast of Florida in the early 80's. I bought 2 JSB's, antenna's, mobile & base power supplies, xtals, and manuals at the Orlando hamfest for probably too much money. But I've never regretted it, and have purchased another since.
While not super selective, it's very usable. Put it on a dipole, and most could not tell you are low power. The format is just handy, and it get's setup when working outside, etc.
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Vertex VX-1210 HF Manpack
This radio is a new favorite. It's pretty much optimal for pedestrian mobile HFPack type operation. Simple to operate and very rugged, it's fun to grab for campouts and hikes.