These are some videos of my new light-weight backpack radio. It is made out of a Yaesu FT-857D. The whip is 2.9m long and the antenna tuner is an SG-211. Thebattery is home made out of 4Ah NiMH cells and the power I was using was 20W.
The battery is a home-made 13.2V NiMh battery and the antenna is a 2.9m whip of military origin. My first QSO was with Canadian station VE2JCW on 20m SSB when I was tuning my antenna, before I could start the video recording.
The second QSO with IW3RUA from the North of Italy was on 17m SSB, and I was delighted to get such a good signal report.
The final QSO with the Czech Republic was slightly more difficult, but the new little manpack behaved like a champion. Test passed!