Re: Mobile Installations
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From: 070Club@groups.io <070Club@groups.io> On Behalf Of Jerry N9AVY
Sent: Tuesday, March 20, 2018 1:29 PM
Subject: Re: [070Club] Mobile Installations
Unfortunately, the site seems more about mobile than portable which I believe is what Byron was asking.
Perhaps some sort of collapsible mast with a hunk of wire running up or maybe a couple masts to hold up a dipole or some other antenna. There are a few commercial models available. If I was to go portable I have a 25 foot surveyor's pole that would hold up a wire; think I also have a long painter's pole.
Shooting a wire up with an air powered spud gun or slingshot into a tree might also work, but sometimes trees are available. Had a friend several year ago who installed a commerical telescoping mast (like TV stations use for remotes)... saw one at Dayton years ago with a price tag of $4000 ! My friend's was installed in his RV and held a tribander; recall someone else who had similar set up down in GA. But these are pricey and not something readily available to us.
I'd be all for a cheap and simple set up that would do the trick. Also remember seeing a 20m portable beam made from a couple fishing poles on the net a couple years back. Fibre glass poles were cheap and collapsible. Wish I could remember the site. Probably best to Google "portable antennas".
My 2 cents worth'
Here’s a great website: http://www.k0bg.com/
It’s almost ‘Amateur Radio Mobile Central’ – maybe even too much mobile information. Lot’s of ideas there …
I would like to do more mobile operating for a few reasons. I would like to help the club out and get more Grids on the air for individuals. I find this a fun activity, but sometimes to do a portable setup it is just painful.
I've been looking at antennas, and there are just a million options and some they are very proud of them and the cost is insane. Is there a cost sensitive antenna that would work well for HF?
Thanks for your input,