Tactical Mini Compact Telescopic Mast

Radio amateurs who like to take their radio outdoors are always looking for better options to support antennas. In areas where there are no trees, telescopic fibreglass masts are a popular choice.

The Tactical Mini is a new addition to the SOTABEAMS line of masts. Designed specifically for radio use, it combines a very short packed length (ideal for carry-on baggage and rucksacks) with a useful 6 m (19.6 ft) extended length. It's a strong mast too; ideally suited for supporting wire dipoles and vertical antennas. The Tactical Mini is supplied with a camouflage bag. The Tactical Mini is likely to be a popular choice for SOTA activators.

Tactical Mini Compact Telescopic Mast from SOTABeams

Tactical Mini Compact Telescopic Mast from SOTABeams

‘Fox-In-A-Box’ Available from AMSAT

Fox-in-a-Box is a small, easily-deployed Fox satellite telemetry receiver based on a Raspberry Pi 3B+ and a FUNcube Dongle Pro+.

Get started by simply plugging these 8Gb SD Cards with the Fox-in-a-Box software pre-installed into your Raspberry Pi and booting it.

Just a bit of configuration (your call and grid) are required.

The website above also has an SD card image, but buying the SD card with the software pre-installed saves a lot of trouble and any additional proceeds go to Keeping Amateur Radio in Space.

Raspberry Pi and FUNcube Dongle Pro+ not included

Fox-in-a-Box - https://www.amsat.org/product/2018-amsat-symposium-proceedings-digital-download/

ContestConsole Switching Unit for ICOM Amateur Radios

Gain full control of your ICOM radio with the SOTABEAMS ContestConsole. Easy to use - connects between your radio and microphone.

SOTABeams ContestConsole Switching Unit Features (depending on radio):

SOTABeam ContestConsole Switching Unit for ICOM Amateur Radios

  • Instant access to voice, CW and PSK memories (no need to have them displayed on the radio screen)

  • TX PTT button

  • TX low power tune function - sends 10 Watt carrier (optional lead required)

  • Pushbutton frequency control (frequency up/down - or memory channel up/down)

  • External PTT socket for footswitch

  • Auxiliary microphone socket (3.5mm)

Will SOTABeams ContestConsole Switching Unit work with my radio?

The ContestConsole was designed with the IC-7300 in mind but it works with a wide range of other ICOM radios.

IC-2300H, IC-2730, IC-275, IC-575, IC-7000, IC-703, IC-706, IC-707, IC-7100, IC-718, IC-7300, IC-7400, IC-746, IC-746PRO, IC-756, IC-756PRO, IC-756PROII, IC-756PROIII, IC-7600, IC-7610, IC-7700, IC-78, IC-7800, IC-7850, IC-7851, IC-9100, IC-910H, ID-4100A, ID-4100E

More Information - https://www.sotabeams.co.uk/contestconsole-switching-unit-for-icom-radios/