I often talk about operating in the field again. I used to do it quite a bit. I loved setting up in a park at a picnic table whether it be winter or summer. It was a great way to spend an evening or afternoon. I also used to go camping and set up an antenna for the weekend operating at will. It was lots of fun. Before we know it priorities change, hobbies change and we sometimes find that we can no longer "find" the time to do the fun things we used to do. One needs to "make" time for these things and stop making excuses. I spend a lot of time in the summer going to Highland Games or pipe band practice and I really enjoy it but as a result playing radio has taken a back seat. This summer I vow to operate outdoors even if it's in my own back yard. It's not like it takes a lot of time out of the day. An hour on Sunday mornings or in the early evening shouldn't be hard to set aside.
I think what I will do as an operating position is to try the vertical buddipole style of antenna suspended from a rope in a tree. Two Hamstick-style antennas and the appropriate bracket is all that's required and I can leave it up if I operate on the back patio. Here is a good page showing the set up and some results achieved by W3ATT. I will start with one band, say 20M, and perhaps 30M 17 or 12 as I like those very much...maybe 40M. I can't decide but either way I look forward to trying it as soon as the snow starts to melt.
Cheers es 72 de Scott ve3vvf