Re: Mobile Installations

Jerry N9AVY

When I went mobile back around 2000, just tossed everything in GMC Van and didn't worry about grounding. It all seemed to work out as I drove up to MN on trial run before taking van out out to Maine.

Before going mobile, one should read owner's manual to see if there is anything in manual about radio affecting vehicle's computer. If RF gets into computer, it could mess it up and one might have to have computer replaced which might be big $$$$.

When you're out in the middle of no where is not a good time to find out.

Jerry  n9avy

P.S. TS-50  (100 watts with a HF-1500 Screwdriver antenna)

From: Matthew King - AK4MK <kk4cps@...>
Sent: Tuesday, March 20, 2018 3:23 PM
Subject: Re: [070Club] Mobile Installations

I've not messed with HF mobile personally YET, but I've studied quite a bit about it. I understand one thing is paramount - BONDING/GROUNDING. You need to bond the frame to the body, the hood to the body, the doors to the body, the hatch to the body... you get the idea. The exhaust needs to be bonded to the frame, as does the engine to the frame/body. These all help with the ground plane and with RFI.

Let us know which way you go!


Matt King
AK4MK - 070 #1708
PODXS 070 Club Executive Director

On Tue, Mar 20, 2018 at 4:04 PM, Mike Flowers <> wrote:
Hi Bryon,
Here’s a great website:
It’s almost ‘Amateur Radio Mobile Central’ – maybe even too much mobile information.   Lot’s of ideas there …
- 73 and good DX de Mike, K6MKF, Past President - NCDXC
From: <> On Behalf Of W7RIV
Sent: Tuesday, March 20, 2018 11:57 AM
Subject: [070Club] Mobile Installations
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?

I'm also looking for an easy way to mount my Elecraft KX3 in my Jeep Wrangler.
Thanks for your input,
Bryon, W7RIV

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