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Old 03-27-2020, 06:01 PM   #141
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Hello All,
Ham radio operator for around 10 years now. General ticket. Just getting back into RV'ing and planning to set up a mini shack in the RV for 2m/440 when camping. Of course my timing is terrible. My first camping trip planned with friends was canceled due to Covid-19, campground closed, reservation canceled. If I ever get to try out the new to me Forrest River, I will try to figure out a way to HF as well. Any suggestions from those of you that have been doing HF from your camper, would be appreciated.
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This end fed vertical is awesome and collapses down to ride on your ladder.

I use a MFJ Intellituner and work all bands except 160 meters with my Yaesu FT-857D with it.

I also have a Super Antenna that fits in a 13x9 inch square carry case that will work everything from 440cm to 80 meters with appropriate available inductors and counterpoise.

The basic antenna is here:
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But the entire kit is a better deal:

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Old 03-28-2020, 06:55 PM   #142
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HF is easy when camping, except 160 - too much inverter noise but I haven't tried an ANC-4 yet for that. Anyway, I use RG8X going from my old Kenwood TS140 thru a small LDG tuner to a 75 meter end fed (the one with the 49:1 transformer). I toss the wire where I can thru or around trees, often no more than 10 feet off the ground - high enough so noone can touch it. Then at the end I have a piece of stainless steel bar that the wire is tied to for weight to keep it somewhat taught. It takes only about 20 minutes to set up and 20 to take down. The wire is polyrope from Tractor Supply, aluminum strands entwined in rope. Not very thick, but very cheap. About $18 for a quarter mile spool of it. You'll need to replace the polyrope you're using every season but 1/4 mile of that stuff makes a lot of 75 meter end fed antennas!



At the camper, I have a PVC pipe that I bungee to the ladder to hold the 49:1 up in the air. No counterpoise is needed with the 49:1, the first 2 meters of feedline take care of that. Connect the ground to either the electrical panel at the site or I have a ground rod I can hammer in.


On the rare occasions where I have no trees, I have the MFJ fiberglass portable vertical. Goes on the same PVC pipe but for the counterpoise I have two 80 meter hamsticks that attach at the bottom. Once again, 10 feet up and noone can get caught on them.



That's it. On 75 meters I have no trouble talking to anyone in the Eastern half of the US, and into Canada, on 100 watts.


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Old 03-29-2020, 09:20 AM   #143
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Much like K8ZW above, we just throw some wire up into the trees. We've been seasonal camping, so we just leave it up, but it's nothing more complicated. Depending on space we've run just a 20m dipole, or a 20-40 fan dipole. We can get all over North America with that setup. When the solar cycle was just a little better, we even picked up a bit of DX. Only trouble we run into was sharing the radio as both myself and my wife plus our oldest son have our licenses!



Rig is a Kenwood TS-480SAT. Cable is regular RG8X.
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Old 03-31-2020, 08:37 PM   #144
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I need to rustle up some kinda radiating contraption for my FT897. It has the LDG AT 897 tuner attached. I think I might have a vertical antenna in the garage that might do the trick.
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Old 03-31-2020, 08:42 PM   #145
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Old 10-18-2020, 08:33 AM   #146
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K4GVO, Fayetteville GA New class A, no radios other than a pair of Baofeng HTs for myself and Sue. Looking at antennas now. I have a FT-857D that I'll probably take along.
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Old 10-18-2020, 08:45 AM   #147
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Welcome aboard, I use a home made G5RV for HF and just installed an old 2m/440 rig with a mag mount antenna. My camper is Aluminum so i used Dicor to afix a cutout top from a 55 gall drum to the roof and use a mag mount dual band antenna. I painted the drum top with several coats of Rustoleum paint before install to slow down rust. De W4EDN near Charlotte, nc
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Old 10-18-2020, 08:45 AM   #148
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W5CI here in Arkansas, I carry my Icom IC-7300 with me in the 5er using a Alpha Delta DX-DD dipole antenna for 75 and 40 meters
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Old 10-18-2020, 09:34 AM   #149
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Have call sign and 146.52 posted on the back of our MH, and 11,000 miles later, have yet to have a passing ham call.
When stationary in campgrounds, have had good success in giving a shout out on simplex and getting responses.
My Father, W4LYB, (SK) had the same experience in his TT and then later in his MH. Never got a call.

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Old 10-18-2020, 09:43 AM   #150
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I drive yearly, around thanksgiving, to south florida, 12 hours in my SUV with 146.52 posted on back window, 4 years now, no takers! Along i95 most of the way in traffic. Plate is w4edn.
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I've encountered a number of people over the years with either call plates or a sticker with their call and also a 146.52 sticker. Called them, never got a response so I've given up trying.
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Old 10-18-2020, 03:47 PM   #153
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I run a Yaesu Wires-X node in my motorhome connected to the hotspot but there don't seem to be any "RV on-the-road" rooms. I also bring along my Xeigu X108G QRP radio, a straight key, and a Super Antenna but I rarely use it.

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As with all things "ham " I've only one person that communicates with me. 2 meter hh. And he could easily text me, or walk a few feet and chat. More of a radio check. We frequently camp nearby.
But ham radios could become useful in an instant in unusual circumstances. Too many operators have gone DMRS and dig internet transmission. Those formats are useless in an emergency.
I find useful chatter on CB when issues on the road. CB invariably devolves into chaos after a few minutes of being stuck in traffic.
2 meter stays on call freq, that's pretty useless.
Running a Yeasu ft8900r mobile. Yeasu 991a station. Really no time for SW in summer. Can be nteresting way to waste time dead of winter.
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As with all things "ham " I've only one person that communicates with me. 2 meter hh. And he could easily text me, or walk a few feet and chat. More of a radio check. We frequently camp nearby.
But ham radios could become useful in an instant in unusual circumstances. Too many operators have gone DMRS and dig internet transmission. Those formats are useless in an emergency.
I find useful chatter on CB when issues on the road. CB invariably devolves into chaos after a few minutes of being stuck in traffic.
2 meter stays on call freq, that's pretty useless.
Running a Yeasu ft8900r mobile. Yeasu 991a station. Really no time for SW in summer. Can be nteresting way to waste time dead of winter.
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As with all things "ham " I've only one person that communicates with me. 2 meter hh. And he could easily text me, or walk a few feet and chat. More of a radio check. We frequently camp nearby.
But ham radios could become useful in an instant in unusual circumstances. Too many operators have gone DMRS and dig internet transmission. Those formats are useless in an emergency.
I find useful chatter on CB when issues on the road. CB invariably devolves into chaos after a few minutes of being stuck in traffic.
2 meter stays on call freq, that's pretty useless.
Running a Yeasu ft8900r mobile. Yeasu 991a station. Really no time for SW in summer. Can be nteresting way to waste time dead of winter.
Cheers,
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I'm more of an HF ham mostly. Used to do a lot of 2 meter but slowly moved away from it. Still have all kinds of VHF/UHF equipment but it sees very little use these days. And as you know, summer is not a good time to talk on 160 meters where I mostly hang out in the winter.
I run FT-857 in my truck with the ATAS-120 and always carry a 2 meter/ 440 HT with me for portable use.
When I finally get to retire, I hope to get a more permanent shack setup in the camper. I have a Kenwood TS-2000 that I would like to setup in it and find an easy setup and tear down HF antenna.
Hope to catch some of you ham/campers on the air sometime.

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I'm more of an HF ham mostly. Used to do a lot of 2 meter but slowly moved away from it. Still have all kinds of VHF/UHF equipment but it sees very little use these days. And as you know, summer is not a good time to talk on 160 meters where I mostly hang out in the winter.
I run FT-857 in my truck with the ATAS-120 and always carry a 2 meter/ 440 HT with me for portable use.
When I finally get to retire, I hope to get a more permanent shack setup in the camper. I have a Kenwood TS-2000 that I would like to setup in it and find an easy setup and tear down HF antenna.
Hope to catch some of you ham/campers on the air sometime.

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Good luck with the antenna! Good quality mobile ntennas work, but limited freqs and expensive. I've seen some curious portable setups. Any 'field days' antenna could work on a narrow frequency spread.
Probably a wire dipole in a tree is most easily done. But you will be limited. Need an antenna tuner. Maybe get 40-6m? I saw a 6BTV used as a portable, still that's iffy- 40 thru 10.
2m/70cm are easy to set up. But no one's listening unless you program nearby repeaters. That isn't worth the effort.
I would be concerned with RF interference in HF freqs in campgrounds. Once folk see a large antenna, you'll have "interference." Cancer you know?
Often have CB channels populated. Not exactly "DX'ing" eh?
My ft8900r head on top of a President CB. I've never made an "outside the local" contact on the 2m.
The CB can be quite useful at times.
Maybe hear you in the clouds this fall!
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I have several HF POTA/SOTA setups that I'll start taking when the TT comes in.
One I use the most is vertical whip on loading coil and three radial wires on ground.
Wire antennas work if you have trees.
Or can get one of those fiberglass collapsing poles.
Buddipole has some vertical and dipole kits.
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Good luck finding a CG on a summit...or any radio traffic really.
A friend and I carry 2m hh's everywhere we travel (NC from east to west), and repeater books. Other than Rick, only silence on 2m.
Do better on an hf frequency. Maybe 6m. Have a quad band Yeasu in my truck, with a quad vertical mobile antenna. While not exactly useless, I can't find the time to sit there when camping. My wife surely does not think much of that idea.
In an emergency such as weather related, the hf and vhf will light up. But otherwise....not so much.
A 6m and half wave dipole or end fed in a tree is a good potable antenna (really portable). Tree supported wires are fun to launch. I've spent hours trying to get 30' over a branch in a discrete manner. Spinner rod, man-sized slingshot, and, crossbow with dummy bolts. Maybe try a "spud gun" next?
Be careful with the fiberglass collapsible masts. Most require guys and that ain't gonna go well in most campgrounds. Upper sections might be unusable due to weak tips. Some national parks have space for such. Take your antenna tuner.
Never tried hf transmit in a CG
for fear of interfering with the neighbors cheap audio systems.
I've read about a guy that sets up a 6BTV on an RV. No idea how that goes over? They are simple and ground mounted.
Anyway, what region do you live in? You just might have some camping areas that are high enough to be great for a portable antenna?
Winter is my time for hf. Be rattling around on 6, 10, and 40.
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