Today Frank EI8HIB, Dom EI5IAB and Tom EI5IEB headed up to the Cooley Mountains to take part in the IRTS 70 cm 2 meter contests. The three operated independently with their own HT's , masts and antenna. The weather and the views were amazing. The wind was a pretty strong at times resulting in the collapse of a portable mast. Luckily there was no damage to the mast, equipment or the team. Frank used a Yeasu VX-6 HT, a modified fishing pole with a roll up dual band antenna Dom used a Baofeng UV5R+ HT ,a SOTA Beams 6m mast with a roll up dual band antenna Tom used a Puxing PX888k HT, a SOTA Beams 6m mast with a roll up dual band antenna
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