In the arena of grid down communications, wilderness plays a big part. In a SHTF scenario you will most likely find yourself operating outdoors at some point. With this in mind, your training should focus on operating in a less than perfect environment.
Don’t expect your shack station to work ‘field-portable’ the first time you need it to. One of the reasons I’m skillful with HF field comms is because, since the beginning, field-comms has been a purposeful constrain on my station and I operate from camp or go portable at least monthly, year round.
Can you carry your stuff a mile?
How long does your portable power keep the tubes warm?
Do you know how to get a wire un in the trees?
These are all skills to understand before they become necessary.
Practice. Practice. Practice.
Source: CAMP COMMS