There are six days left till I leave on the great western adventure and I've been pretty busy getting the radio and camping equipment sorted out and ready to go.
I have my FT-857D ready to go in the Go-Box, along with the FTL meter and the YT-100 tuner. Power for the radio will be provided by a 12v 110 amp deep cycle battery that will be kept topped up with a 7w solar panel.
Mounted in my truck I have an FT-8800, and all the repeaters along the routes I will be taking are already programmed in it. Finding all of those repeaters took quite a bit of research as no matter what list you find on Google, you'll find another one tomorrow with different frequencies, different off-sets, or totally different PL tones. In the end I had to search out each local club on line and use what their websites listed.
For antennas I have a 5/8 whip for my 2m rig along with a 1/8 whip for UHF. These two antennas are fed from the FT-8800 through a diplexer. There are not very many 440 repeaters along my route, but I have the capability anyway.
HF wise I'm taking three antennas. The first one is my portable 31' Chillycon Special, and the second one is my Buddipole system. I've also packed a 66' long wire and a 9:1 balun. These antennas should do me just fine in my quest for DX.
There are a few more things to pick up this week, such as my Blue Cross coverage, and a phone roaming package. Apart from those two items I think I'm just about ready to roll out of here.