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Old 06-21-2019, 05:12 PM   #81
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Rv antennas for Campers

Soooo simple question... what is everyone using on their RVs for hf antennas....
Just picked up a screwdriver and working on a simple on/off mount...

Looking for some good ideas.....
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Old 06-21-2019, 05:27 PM   #82
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I use a “Buddi Stick” about 15 feet up. It’s mounted on the ladder and I run the coax in through a cable feed on one of the slide outs.
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Old 06-21-2019, 08:58 PM   #83
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I use a “Buddi Stick” about 15 feet up. It’s mounted on the ladder and I run the coax in through a cable feed on one of the slide outs.
What do you use as a counterpoise?
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Old 06-22-2019, 06:05 AM   #84
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The BuddiStick comes with a very long wire. I attach it to the base with the lug provided and run it to the ground. The instructions have a chart with the approximate amount of wire it lay out based on the band you’re working.
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Old 06-22-2019, 06:23 AM   #85
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Soooo simple question... what is everyone using on their RVs for hf antennas....
Just picked up a screwdriver and working on a simple on/off mount...

Looking for some good ideas.....

My Buddi-pole has been working fine for me. I sit here at Salt Lake State Park right now listening to the RV Net with it on 40 meters.


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Old 06-22-2019, 10:21 AM   #86
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We've been doing seasonal camping for several years now. We've been fortunate to be able to just throw wires in the trees (the park never said a word to us about it). We usually just hang a 20m dipole or a 20/40 fan dipole. The trees aren't tall, but get us up about 12-15 feet, and we've been able to work into the US, and even a little DX from Saskatchewan. This year we're in a new permanent seasonal site, with just one tree so I'm investigating options and may pull the trigger on a Buddi-stick to attach to the ladder on our trailer.
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Old 06-22-2019, 11:54 AM   #87
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I use the MFJ-2220 dual hamstick mount, it does not require a counterpoise since it is has two elements. I can cinch it to my ladder and it has decent elevation for the higher hf freqs. The downside is having to swap the sticks to change bands. I also have a sloper that covers 80-10, but it can be a pain to rig with a line through tree branches.
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Old 06-22-2019, 10:29 PM   #88
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Happy Field Day 2019. Did anyone make it out to any of the events?
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Old 06-23-2019, 06:45 AM   #89
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Hay Field Day. Did not for the first time in 20 years☹️. Planned a camping trip and didn’t look at my calendar. Oh well, that won’t happen again!

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Old 09-24-2019, 11:50 AM   #90
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Do any of you hams who RV participate in Parks on the Air (POTA)?
I recently "activated" my first park (not a camping trip, just took the radio to a local park). I'm hoping as we camp out to be able to play on the radio and activate other parks.


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I bought a 24' painter's pole for a mast and made a 20m/40m linked dipole. I built a mast holder for use on the truck hitch so I can set it all up in a couple of minutes.


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Do any of you hams who RV participate in Parks on the Air (POTA)?
I recently "activated" my first park (not a camping trip, just took the radio to a local park). I'm hoping as we camp out to be able to play on the radio and activate other parks.


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I bought a 24' painter's pole for a mast and made a 20m/40m linked dipole. I built a mast holder for use on the truck hitch so I can set it all up in a couple of minutes.


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I do!! Both the POTA and WWFF programs. Activated -0623 this summer. But I do prefer being the hunter. Over 100 in my POTA log and 54 in the WWFF log.

TS480 at the lake into a 20m dipole. Nothing too elaborate. Run off the trailer mostly or occasionally 2x 7ah SLA batteries.

Hope to catch you on the air...

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Old 09-25-2019, 09:40 AM   #92
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I do!! Both the POTA and WWFF programs. Activated -0623 this summer. But I do prefer being the hunter. Over 100 in my POTA log and 54 in the WWFF log.

TS480 at the lake into a 20m dipole. Nothing too elaborate. Run off the trailer mostly or occasionally 2x 7ah SLA batteries.

Hope to catch you on the air...

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I wasn't familiar w/ WWFF. I'll have to look into that more. Thanks!

I have some vacation to burn, so I'm actually going to head out this afternoon... I hope to be up on K-4229 in IN by 1330 Eastern (1730 UTC). Will probably start on 40m as 20m has been kinda flat lately...

Hope to have cell service but may not for spotting. I usually work in the upper part of the band (above 7.260)

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Old 11-03-2019, 06:08 PM   #93
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Finally ready to hit the road from New York to Florida after doing a ton of mods and of course installing an Icom 7100 with D Star repeaters programmed. I put an Icom AH 2b stainless steel whip. Also setup to use FT8 as well.

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Old 11-03-2019, 06:27 PM   #94
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my ham setup

Here is a doc I wrote for our club newsletter. w4edn popup till I get water fixed in 08 wildwood 19bh...
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Old 01-13-2020, 03:27 AM   #95
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I have several rigs, so I vary on which one I take on my annual sojourn to Florida. I use the "Super Antenna". short multiband antenna that I mount on a short stick in the ground. Very inconspicuous. With the addition of a couple radials run out from the antenna (again inconspicuous) this short antenna of maybe 7 ft. tall does amazingly, especially on 40 and 20. Now with sunspot cycle 25 starting to emerge, modest antennas will work the world. 73 and have fun! de KQ2N
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Old 01-13-2020, 02:32 PM   #96
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I have a 706 Mk2G with a screwdriver for HF and a dual-band for VHF/UHF. Also have an ended tucked into the storage.

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Old 01-16-2020, 04:24 PM   #97
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I got my Tech in Feb. 19 and General in June. I have an FTM-400xdr in my truck with a Microsoft Surface tablet running Wires-X on it for digital. Didnít have any Wires-X repeaters locally so with this setup I have it anywhere I go now. Also have an old Radio Shack HTX-10 for 10m but hopefully will have an FT-891 with an ATAS120A later this year.

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Old 01-16-2020, 05:34 PM   #98
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I just set up an FTM-400 with Wires-X myself, for the same reason. Not such a bad idea to put it in the trailer for camping season! It's a great radio!
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Old 01-16-2020, 07:35 PM   #99
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I love mine, hope to get a FT-3 so I can run PDN inside the camper with the tablet.
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Old 01-17-2020, 12:34 AM   #100
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Hello,
I plan to bring my icom 7300 and a couple of dipoles with me. I may look at a large screwdriver antenna... I am still up in the air over that.

Glad to hear there are hams in the group.

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