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Old 04-06-2015, 10:33 AM   #11
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RV ham radio setup

For our RV (Salem Villa Estate) I drilled a 1/2" hole directly through the plywood floor just above the 12v battery box and ran the RG8X, ground and 12vdc power wires through it. The coax goes about halfway along the frame then up the outside to a Hustler 40m whip. Our previous destination trailer had a separate room I used for a ham shack and computer room, but our current Salem is arranged differently, so I ended up placing my IC735, SS-amp and tuner all in a chairside flip-top table. It works great - I talked to the same ham in Japan four times over a two week period just before the recent solar flare-ups. With the top closed it looks just like an end table and keeps the XYL happy. KW5D

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Old 04-07-2015, 01:01 PM   #12
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Thanks for all the good info. Our house batteries are under the entrance step with a hole in the wall of the compartment running the cables aft. The current plan is to mount the main unit in the storage compartment forward of the battery box. The coax will go through the back through the battery box and continue through following the DC lines to the back compartment. So far only a small hole through fwd battery compartment wall. But then need to penetrate floor to reach control head in coach and the floor of the aft storage compartment to run the antenna line out to the ladder, and mount the Hustler on the ladder so that driving its folded down, but only needs to be put upright when parked to operate, Hope my floor behind the couch is more penetrable. Used to operate mobile to and from work with 100 w and 9 ft whip. Over the years work both Japan and Europe; just could never predict when it was going to happen.

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