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Old 03-02-2015, 03:47 PM   #11
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I am running a Elecraft KX3- KXPA100-PX3 set up feeding a Buddipole ant on a 10 Ft tripod. Works great. Use for both DX and daily traffic nets.
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Old 03-02-2015, 04:07 PM   #12
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I am running a FT-450 which is not too large for moving around. I have it set up in a "go" box arrangement with my LG-200 pro tuner and a Radio Shack 25A switching power supply. For remote use I have an Eagle One vertical antenna that does pretty good, I use it for field day. Easy to set up and doesn't take up a lot of room in storage. I haven't taken my radio along on any camping trips as they are mostly to go visit relative rather than a true sit back and relax trip. I need to plan to take the HF along this year. This month I'm going to Tampa to the FROG Fun Fest and then visit relatives in The Villages and in April plan to go to DD's in Magnolia, TX.

Side note: Just talked to an old friend that I worked with 50 years ago in Omaha. He got his ticket when he was 12 so I figure he's been licensed for at least 60+years. He hasn't been on the air for over 30 years and just now getting back into it. Sweet!
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Old 03-02-2015, 04:58 PM   #13
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I used a screwdriver antenna with a 9 foot whip on top. Had camper with aluminum frame grounded the antenna to the frame and the radio to it. Worked great for me. Talked on 75 meter to California from North Carolina, before the propagation got good. This was several years ago. Did have some issues with interference I never really solved. I was running Icom 746 Pro and Keathkit SB 200. Never ran it over about 200 watts. On 75 meter it would cause interference with the electronic AC thermostat, fix was turn the breaker on AC off and ran the manual air in bedroom. 40 meters would trip the ground fault breaker in bath room. 20 meter would turn the fault light on on the refrigerator. Really wasn't that much problem as I only talked late at night. I also talked to neighbors and no problems. Did install an outside plug and ran heavy 12 gauge extension cord to the campground electrical. This helped in some campgrounds but not all. Evidently some didn't have good earth ground. It was too much sugar for nickle to put in ground rod. With my luck I would have hit a gas line or something, but never really considered it. Never did too much 2 meter unless in truck.
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Old 03-02-2015, 07:02 PM   #14
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Hi All: WB2IRE here. I am full time in a 2012 Rockwood windjammer 3001W
I built a desk in the bedroom for the HF radio equipment and also have a spot under the TV location for the 2mtr/440 and a CB. I tried to attach pictures but was not successful. My antenna is a Hustler attached to the front Jack stand and also a push up pole on the rear ladder for the VHF/UHF. I attached a CB antenna to the arm of the TV antenna. Frank
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Old 03-02-2015, 07:31 PM   #15
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Ya'll have some serious Ham components here.
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I have been a Ham for almost a year and I really enjoy it so far. I am pretty active on my local 2 meter repeaters (Yaesu FT2900) and a little on HF (Kenwood TS-480 SAT). I have been thinking about how I will mount my HF rig in the RV when I am camping and what type of antenna works well (both for signal and ease of setup and break down). I primarily work 20 and 40 meters, but the ability to hit several other bands would be good. I'd be interested in hearing what types of antennas everyone uses when RVing. I was thinking a screwdriver antenna would be great for this application.

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I'm sure there will be lots of suggestions for an antenna. A lot of guys just hang a dipole up in some trees but some parks that isn't practical. As a compact antenna I like the ease of setup with the Eagle One. You will need a tuner to work all the bands. I use a LG-200pro auto tuner for that. It will operate on 40/15M without a tuner but other bands it will be required, I tune all the bands anyway. Last field day I worked 15M mainly and not working hard had over 100 contacts. It helps to lay out a couple radials but depending on the kind of ground you set up on it works very well. http://w8afx.com.
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Old 03-05-2015, 09:50 PM   #18
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I'm sure there will be lots of suggestions for an antenna. A lot of guys just hang a dipole up in some trees but some parks that isn't practical. As a compact antenna I like the ease of setup with the Eagle One. You will need a tuner to work all the bands. I use a LG-200pro auto tuner for that. It will operate on 40/15M without a tuner but other bands it will be required, I tune all the bands anyway. Last field day I worked 15M mainly and not working hard had over 100 contacts. It helps to lay out a couple radials but depending on the kind of ground you set up on it works very well. http://w8afx.com.

Thanks for the recommendation, Marv....I will check it out. I use a LDG KT-100 tuner that does a good job.
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Gary, I've talked to Steve (Eagle One) a number of times at local hamfests. I don't know if he has ever been to Huntsville hamfest. He doesn't make as many hamfests as he did about 5 years ago. He had back surgery and as a result was paralyzed from his waist down. It looks like he got a new MH. He was going to sell his old one and stop traveling and then he showed up at the hamfest in Lawrenceville, GA and said he had decided to fix up his old MH and keep going to hamfests but it looks like a new(er) one now. I think he has a lift for his wheelchair. If you are interested in his antenna and have questions just give him a call. Like I say there are other possible antennas to use but the Eagle One works for me.
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Marv, thanks for the info. I'm sorry to hear about what happened to Steve. Back surgery is a scary thing; it seems like for every success story you hear about, there are two or three more that ended up being made worse by surgery.
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