With the constant endeavor of making something lighter and more portable, I’ve been testing a 9AH battery box that I built for the portable repeater, as well as a new J-Pole tuned antenna from Ed Fong. So far, the power requirements seem to be fine with this lighter weight battery even with heavier than usual traffic on the repeater. Antenna hasn’t been fully tested but from what I’ve researched and been hearing, the J-Pole works exceptionally well strung up in a tree. Complete system is now 15 pounds and contained in two Pelican cases that will easily fit in a single backpack. The J-Pole rolls up and fits in the repeater box. Battery box is made to be field charged using a folding solar panel (not shown) if needed for extended operations. We plan on testing this system soon with the Lawrence County Multi-Agency SAR team.