I love to hike the AT and activate SOTA Summits. I built my Elecraft KX1 and have used it for hiking, but the idea came to me to use it as an HT. I could drop the weight and volume of coax and a larger antenna. It's small and lightweight so why not?
I needed a few things for my KX1 HT:
2- Telescopic antenna - (MFJ-1820T 20m telescopic antenna)
3- attached paddle - ( small switch Mouser Part Number 688SSCF210300)
4- 15 foot counterpoise wire