Tips for working portable on HF

  • This blog post will focus on the enjoyment and benefits of portable HF operation, whether it’s from a car mobile setup or a more extensive field antenna.
  • It will provide tips for choosing a suitable antenna and setting up a portable station, and operating techniques to make the most of the experience.
  • Interested in taking your hobby on the go and enjoying the flexibility of portable HF operation.


 1. Introduction to Portable HF Operation Portable HF operation offers us the opportunity to take our hobby on the go and enjoy the flexibility of operating from anywhere. The possibilities are endless, whether you want to operate from your car with a mag mount antenna or set up a more extensive field antenna for portable operation. In this post, we’ll explore the enjoyment and benefits of portable HF operation and provide tips and techniques for making the most of the experience.


2. Choosing an Antenna for Portable HF Operation Choosing a suitable antenna is key to enjoying portable HF operation. Some popular options for portable operation include:

  • Mag mount antennas: These are easy to install and remove from a vehicle and can provide good performance for car mobile operation.
  • Portable vertical antennas: These can be set up quickly and easily in the field and can provide good performance for QRP operation.
  • Dipole antennas: These are easy to build and can provide good performance for portable operation.
  •  Long wires are extremely flexible for HF portable, giving you access to multiple bands without redeploying a different antenna for each band.

3. Setting up a Portable HF 

    Station Setting up a portable HF station requires some planning and preparation. Here are some tips for getting started:

  • Choose a suitable location: Consider factors like access, terrain, and interference when choosing a location for your portable station.
  • Power source: Ensure that you have a reliable power source for your station, whether it’s a battery or a generator.
  • Radio and accessories: Choose a radio and accessories that are suitable for portable operation and can be easily transported.
  •  Consider who can get close to the antenna if need be, cordon off the area with some hazard tape.
  • Antenna setup: Ensure your antenna is set up correctly and you have all the necessary equipment, such as a coaxial cable and a tuner.

4. Operating Techniques for Portable 

    HF operation Operating portable requires different techniques than operating from a fixed location. Here are some tips for making the most of your portable operation:

  • Listen first: Take some time to listen to the bands and get a sense of the conditions before you start transmitting.
  • Please keep it simple: Use simple operating procedures.
  • Write down your IO number so you have it to hand if someone asks.
  • Sometimes if you’re on a hill, its good information to include your ASL (height above sea level)