ETH087 – Traveling With Your Ham Radio Gear



ETH087 - Traveling with Your Ham Radio Gear

Hello everybody and welcome back to the Everything Ham Radio Podcast! In this episode we are going to talk with Vance Martin, N3VEM, about traveling with your ham radio gear and operating while traveling.

Tech Corner – Traveling With Your Ham Radio Gear

Do you travel a lot for work or pleasure? Do you want something more to do in the evening when you’re not working besides stare at hotel room walls or something on TV? Why not bring your ham radio equipment with you and make some contacts?

Vance shares some very valuable information for doing just that! Also, make sure you check out his blog for more information about traveling with your equipment and much more.

Links Mentioned In This Episode

This is what the link for my “summary” blog post will be when I post it:

TSA site that lets you search to see if specific items are permitted on planes:

You can also tweet pictures @askTSA and they’ll tell you if it’s something you can take

TSA Battery info:

I want to thank Vance for coming onto my podcast and for stepping up and volunteering to come on when I put out a call for people to talk about something on my podcast.

I am still looking for people that are willing to come on my podcast and talk about ham radio related topics. Here are a few ideas that I have:

  • Automatic Link Establish(ALE)
  • Winlink
  • Near Vertical Incidence Skywave(NVIS)
  • Lighthouses and LightShips

If you are knowledgeable about any of these topics, or anything else, please shoot me an email to and we can working out when we can do the interview.

West Mountain Radio

PWRCheck Power Monitor from West Mountain Radiov - Traveling

Do you have an old fashioned Analog Volt and Amp meter hooked to your station? Are you looking to find something that has more bells and whistles? Check out the West Mountain Radio PWRcheck.

The PWRcheck has eight display modes including voltage, current flow in either directions, wattage and amp-hours and will measure from 0-60V with 40A continuous load. It is accurate to within +/- 10mV and +/-10mA.

It has a backlit graphics LCD that will display data in digital, analog and bar graph formats. You can even monitor your backup battery with a programmable “gas gauge”.

The non-volatile memory stores more than 100,000 data points without power. That is nearly two and a half months worth of data @ 1 point per minute!

It has a USB computer interface for configuration and data download and you can program it to sound an alarm for over current, over or under voltage and amp-hours.

The software that comes with it allows your to program every aspect of the PWRcheck operation such as data logging rate, display formats and alarm conditions. You can display current, voltage, wattage and amp-hours in real time. It has integrated charting software that automatically collects and displays data. All the data can bed downloaded and stored for later analysis!

For more information about the West Mountain Radio PWRcheck and how to receive your $50 off, click here.

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