When worlds collide! (Ham radio and TB)
In addition to being a collector and connoisseur of fine backpacks and luggage, one of my favorite hobbies is amateur radio. And not just sitting in the house and ragchewing, but getting outside and using small, low-powered radios to make contacts around the world. So with that hobby in mind, I took the photo below this afternoon.
Only after I posted this pic on my (much neglected) radio-specific site did I realize it probably also belonged here! See, I don't typically use my Synapse 25 for hiking; it's my work bag. But after driving all the way up to Breckenridge for a conference, I realized I'd left my hiking pack at home so if I wanted to squeeze in a hike between conference sessions, I would have to use my Synapse...
So out came the Macbook, iPad(s) and a few other work items and in went my Elecraft KX3, some antenna wire, and a telescoping 24' fiberglass fishing pole I use to hold up my antenna if there are not adequate trees nearby.
Needless to say, the S25 is just as worthy on the trail as it is in airports and meeting rooms! An now I have the photographic evidence to prove it!
In case you're even the slightest bit curious, from my hilltop spot near Breckenridge, Colorado, I made several contacts into California and one to Oklahoma with less than 5 watts.