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In The Mood For Different Modes?

Rick - N7WE
 

In the mood for different modes?  Then the 31 Flavors Contest is for you!  Coming soon!  Choose your 6 hour block between 1000 UTC Saturday April 7 and 0400 UTC Sunday April 8.  QRP, Low Power, and Medium Power categories.  6 PSK variants – BPSK31, QPSK31, BPSK63, QPSK63, BPSK125 and QPSK125.  Points for the same station in different modes!  20 meters only.  Please check the rules for frequency recommendations. CLICK HERE
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Rick - N7WE
070 - #1602


Re: April Trip Grid Activation

bowerjohn41 <poppajohnbower@...>
 

I need EM43 please.
John KE4JB

On Thu, Mar 15, 2018 at 5:00 PM, Richard Rohrer <kc3ef@...> wrote:
XYL has planned our April trip to St Louis.  Looks like we will be in the following grids:

4/8-4/14 EM66 and possibly EM56 and EM44.
4/11-4/12 EM43 We are staying over night in this one. So will be on in the afternoon of the 11 and the morning of the 12.
4/22-4/27 EM35

If you need any of these let me know and I will try to accommodate.  I will post on the group the approx times when I will be entering the grids.

73
Dick - KC3EF



Re: Mobile Installations

Dan Morris - KZ3T
 

Wow, he has some awesome equipment set up!!  That is very interesting.

Dan Morris  KZ3T  070-1065






On Mar 20, 2018, at 8:50 PM, Martin Tuip <ajax@...> wrote:

I have had many QDOs with FK8DD on PSK31 who often operates mobile. Check his setup at

I bought the same antenna he uses for portable operations.



Martin
Kg7hax



On Tue, Mar 20, 2018 at 5:04 PM -0700, "Rick - N7WE" <n7we1980@...> wrote:

Byron-
I'm late with the reply, but we had our first seasonal severe weather move through this afternoon with heavy lightning, downpours and a tornado warning.  So not only was the antenna tipped over and the rig disconnected, but the computers were shutdown and disconnected too!

I'm assuming from your post that what you are thinking about is having a mobile setup that you can park and be on the air with PSK....OR...have someone else driving while you are operating!   Dick - KC3EF has such a setup and it works great!  I've worked him when he was mobile in CA from here in Florida (his wife was driving - hi hi!)  He uses a Hamstick mounted on the side of his van.  Email him and I'm sure he will be more than happy to tell you about his setup.  I've never operated while in motion, but have done quite a bit from our vehicle with just a magmount hamstick (I carry 15m, 20m, and 40m) on the center of the roof.  I run the power up to 30w as the setup is far from effecient.  But it gets the job done.  

One concern - you mentioned using your KX3 - which is 10w and I believe can be pushed to 12w.  Unless your antenna setup is pretty efficient, or prop really good, I think that will be regional QSOs only.  Did you sell your K3?  I use my K3 as the portable/mobile car rig.  It just rides on the floor next to the AGM battery until I park.

Good luck and look forward to working you again when you activate some of those rare grids out West!
--
Rick - N7WE
070 - #1602


Re: Mobile Installations

Martin Tuip
 

I have had many QDOs with FK8DD on PSK31 who often operates mobile. Check his setup at

I bought the same antenna he uses for portable operations.



Martin
Kg7hax



On Tue, Mar 20, 2018 at 5:04 PM -0700, "Rick - N7WE" <n7we1980@...> wrote:

Byron-
I'm late with the reply, but we had our first seasonal severe weather move through this afternoon with heavy lightning, downpours and a tornado warning.  So not only was the antenna tipped over and the rig disconnected, but the computers were shutdown and disconnected too!

I'm assuming from your post that what you are thinking about is having a mobile setup that you can park and be on the air with PSK....OR...have someone else driving while you are operating!   Dick - KC3EF has such a setup and it works great!  I've worked him when he was mobile in CA from here in Florida (his wife was driving - hi hi!)  He uses a Hamstick mounted on the side of his van.  Email him and I'm sure he will be more than happy to tell you about his setup.  I've never operated while in motion, but have done quite a bit from our vehicle with just a magmount hamstick (I carry 15m, 20m, and 40m) on the center of the roof.  I run the power up to 30w as the setup is far from effecient.  But it gets the job done.  

One concern - you mentioned using your KX3 - which is 10w and I believe can be pushed to 12w.  Unless your antenna setup is pretty efficient, or prop really good, I think that will be regional QSOs only.  Did you sell your K3?  I use my K3 as the portable/mobile car rig.  It just rides on the floor next to the AGM battery until I park.

Good luck and look forward to working you again when you activate some of those rare grids out West!
--
Rick - N7WE
070 - #1602


Re: Mobile Installations

Jerry N9AVY
 

Have used hamsticks for years and have had good luck with them.  Used to have them on tripod mag mount on roof, but ya hafta watch out for viaducts !

Uping a KX-3 from 10 to 12 watts is an exercise in futility. To see any appreciable S-meter movement at other end the power would have to doubled. Save the finals !


Jerry  n9avy



From: Rick - N7WE <n7we1980@...>
To: 070Club@groups.io
Sent: Tuesday, March 20, 2018 7:04 PM
Subject: Re: [070Club] Mobile Installations

Byron-
I'm late with the reply, but we had our first seasonal severe weather move through this afternoon with heavy lightning, downpours and a tornado warning.  So not only was the antenna tipped over and the rig disconnected, but the computers were shutdown and disconnected too!

I'm assuming from your post that what you are thinking about is having a mobile setup that you can park and be on the air with PSK....OR...have someone else driving while you are operating!   Dick - KC3EF has such a setup and it works great!  I've worked him when he was mobile in CA from here in Florida (his wife was driving - hi hi!)  He uses a Hamstick mounted on the side of his van.  Email him and I'm sure he will be more than happy to tell you about his setup.  I've never operated while in motion, but have done quite a bit from our vehicle with just a magmount hamstick (I carry 15m, 20m, and 40m) on the center of the roof.  I run the power up to 30w as the setup is far from effecient.  But it gets the job done.  

One concern - you mentioned using your KX3 - which is 10w and I believe can be pushed to 12w.  Unless your antenna setup is pretty efficient, or prop really good, I think that will be regional QSOs only.  Did you sell your K3?  I use my K3 as the portable/mobile car rig.  It just rides on the floor next to the AGM battery until I park.

Good luck and look forward to working you again when you activate some of those rare grids out West!
--
Rick - N7WE
070 - #1602



Re: Mobile Installations

Rick - N7WE
 

Byron-
I'm late with the reply, but we had our first seasonal severe weather move through this afternoon with heavy lightning, downpours and a tornado warning.  So not only was the antenna tipped over and the rig disconnected, but the computers were shutdown and disconnected too!

I'm assuming from your post that what you are thinking about is having a mobile setup that you can park and be on the air with PSK....OR...have someone else driving while you are operating!   Dick - KC3EF has such a setup and it works great!  I've worked him when he was mobile in CA from here in Florida (his wife was driving - hi hi!)  He uses a Hamstick mounted on the side of his van.  Email him and I'm sure he will be more than happy to tell you about his setup.  I've never operated while in motion, but have done quite a bit from our vehicle with just a magmount hamstick (I carry 15m, 20m, and 40m) on the center of the roof.  I run the power up to 30w as the setup is far from effecient.  But it gets the job done.  

One concern - you mentioned using your KX3 - which is 10w and I believe can be pushed to 12w.  Unless your antenna setup is pretty efficient, or prop really good, I think that will be regional QSOs only.  Did you sell your K3?  I use my K3 as the portable/mobile car rig.  It just rides on the floor next to the AGM battery until I park.

Good luck and look forward to working you again when you activate some of those rare grids out West!
--
Rick - N7WE
070 - #1602


Re: Mobile Installations

Richard Rohrer
 

Hi Bryon,

 

I use a 20mtr hamstick mounted on the rear drivers side of our Town and Country mini-van.  I used a mount that fit between the car body and the tail light, so when I remove it there are no holes in the car body.  I use a IC7100 and run about 80 watts.  I have activated several grids for the rest of the gang and have generally have gotten good reports, even at 80 mph. 

 

73

Dick – KC3EF


Re: Mobile Installations

Jerry N9AVY
 

Had an Uncle (ex-W0KIA - SK)  up in NDak who worked at weather station at airport.  He used to take some weather balloons and hook a wire to them... think wired was around 1500 ft (?)  ... and loaded that up. Guess it worked well as long as there wasn't a lot of air traffic.

Jerry  n9avy



From: Jim K5SP <jinnis@...>
To: 070Club@groups.io
Sent: Tuesday, March 20, 2018 3:37 PM
Subject: Re: [070Club] Mobile Installations

Better than a slingshot, I used a drone to get my wire up and over a tree, worked like a charm.
Jim, K5SP

On 3/20/2018 3:28 PM, Jerry N9AVY wrote:
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'


Jerry   n9avy



From: Mike Flowers <mike.flowers@...>
To: 070Club@groups.io
Sent: Tuesday, March 20, 2018 3:04 PM
Subject: Re: [070Club] Mobile Installations

Hi Bryon,
 
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 …
 
- 73 and good DX de Mike, K6MKF, Past President - NCDXC
 
From: 070Club@groups.io <070Club@groups.io> On Behalf Of W7RIV
Sent: Tuesday, March 20, 2018 11:57 AM
To: 070Club@groups.io
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




--
Jim,  K5SP #483
Member Services Director



Re: Mobile Installations

Jim K5SP
 

Better than a slingshot, I used a drone to get my wire up and over a tree, worked like a charm.

Jim, K5SP


On 3/20/2018 3:28 PM, Jerry N9AVY wrote:
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'


Jerry   n9avy



From: Mike Flowers <mike.flowers@...>
To: 070Club@groups.io
Sent: Tuesday, March 20, 2018 3:04 PM
Subject: Re: [070Club] Mobile Installations

Hi Bryon,
 
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 …
 
- 73 and good DX de Mike, K6MKF, Past President - NCDXC
 
From: 070Club@groups.io <070Club@groups.io> On Behalf Of W7RIV
Sent: Tuesday, March 20, 2018 11:57 AM
To: 070Club@groups.io
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




--
Jim,  K5SP #483
Member Services Director


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@...>
To: 070Club@groups.io
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!

73

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


On Tue, Mar 20, 2018 at 4:04 PM, Mike Flowers <mike.flowers@...> wrote:
Hi Bryon,
 
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 …
 
- 73 and good DX de Mike, K6MKF, Past President - NCDXC
 
From: 070Club@groups.io <070Club@groups.io> On Behalf Of W7RIV
Sent: Tuesday, March 20, 2018 11:57 AM
To: 070Club@groups.io
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




Re: Mobile Installations

Mike Flowers
 

>>> I would like to do more mobile operating for a few reasons. - Bryon, W7RIV

 

- 73 and good DX de Mike, K6MKF, Past President - NCDXC

 

From: 070Club@groups.io <070Club@groups.io> On Behalf Of Jerry N9AVY
Sent: Tuesday, March 20, 2018 1:29 PM
To: 070Club@groups.io
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'

 

 

Jerry   n9avy

 


From: Mike Flowers <mike.flowers@...>
To: 070Club@groups.io
Sent: Tuesday, March 20, 2018 3:04 PM
Subject: Re: [070Club] Mobile Installations

 

Hi Bryon,

 

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 …

 

- 73 and good DX de Mike, K6MKF, Past President - NCDXC

 

From: 070Club@groups.io <070Club@groups.io> On Behalf Of W7RIV
Sent: Tuesday, March 20, 2018 11:57 AM
To: 070Club@groups.io
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

 


Re: Mobile Installations

Jerry N9AVY
 

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'


Jerry   n9avy



From: Mike Flowers <mike.flowers@...>
To: 070Club@groups.io
Sent: Tuesday, March 20, 2018 3:04 PM
Subject: Re: [070Club] Mobile Installations

Hi Bryon,
 
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 …
 
- 73 and good DX de Mike, K6MKF, Past President - NCDXC
 
From: 070Club@groups.io <070Club@groups.io> On Behalf Of W7RIV
Sent: Tuesday, March 20, 2018 11:57 AM
To: 070Club@groups.io
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



Re: Mobile Installations

Matthew King - AK4MK
 

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!

73

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


On Tue, Mar 20, 2018 at 4:04 PM, Mike Flowers <mike.flowers@...> wrote:

Hi Bryon,

 

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 …

 

- 73 and good DX de Mike, K6MKF, Past President - NCDXC

 

From: 070Club@groups.io <070Club@groups.io> On Behalf Of W7RIV
Sent: Tuesday, March 20, 2018 11:57 AM
To: 070Club@groups.io
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



Re: Mobile Installations

Mike Flowers
 

Hi Bryon,

 

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 …

 

- 73 and good DX de Mike, K6MKF, Past President - NCDXC

 

From: 070Club@groups.io <070Club@groups.io> On Behalf Of W7RIV
Sent: Tuesday, March 20, 2018 11:57 AM
To: 070Club@groups.io
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


Re: Antenna tuner suggestions / help

Dan Morris - KZ3T
 

Jeff - Thanks for the info.  Well, two different antennas. I thought about the ground plane but opted for the regulated vertical with tilt over in case of strong winds, etc.  Thanks agn.

Dan Morris

I live to live for Him!




On Mar 20, 2018, at 2:32 PM, JEFF WALSH <jeffwalsh1644@...> wrote:

Dan  ,,,,, I have the Zero Five 10-40 with ground plane .... I have been happy with it and use it on my IC-7410 for phone work ..... I followed the recommendations and mounted it at 20' .... Tom explained any higher is a waste as the ground plane rods mounted on the base work off  the ground {real ground not electrical ground} ,,,,, I elected to get the model with the ground plane rods as I didn't want to run the radials {too lazy at the time to run em} ..... I have the antenna feed with LMR400 coax tuning it with a MFJ 993b auto tuner and the combination seems to work great ..... I have worked much DX off it when conditions where better.

I have full lenght homebrew dipoles for all bands running all over the place and bought the Zero Five just for a quick scan of the bands on the IC-7410.

As you know Dan the Zero Five is a very well built and designed antenna ..... I gotta give it a 5 star rating.
but I don't know if you would gain that much by going to a longer mast ...... however the more radials the better.

I am comtemplating their 43' model and center mounting it on my 40' x 50' all metal shop and working it off the metal roof instead of running wire radials..... I spoke with Tom at Zero Five and he told me that he has several customers that have done similiar mountings with good results ,,,,, but that project is down the road ....

Dan hope the information helps but every antenna situation is different .... if you look on my QRZ page you will see my rats nest wiring but hey it works for me plus my station is located in my shop and my XYL leaves me alone out there so neatness doesn't matter ... hi hi



JEFF WALSH
W3WMU
#1673
BUBBAWOOD
WORLDWIDE HEADQUARTERS
STURGIS, MS.


On Tuesday, March 20, 2018 10:54 AM, Dan Morris <dbmorris315@...> wrote:


Jeff — Which Zero Five vertical do you have?? Just curious as I have the 27’ vertical with 40 radials all at 27’ long.  Seems to do well but don’t know since I have nothing to compare it to.  I have often wondered if I should jump up to the 33’ or the 43’ vertical.  Not sure the 33’ one would make that much difference.  I thought the 27’ would be best for me for operations on 10 meters but hey, 10 meters is just about non existent right now ...

Dan Morris  KZ3T  070-1065






On Mar 19, 2018, at 8:25 PM, JEFF WALSH <jeffwalsh1644@...> wrote:

Hi Martin....
I have been using MFJ tuners for years ...... 941D and 949E both manual tuners and still have them and they are at least 25 years old and still work fine .... The only thing I replaced in them is the light bulbs......  I have 2 MFJ 993b auto tuners which I have hooked up to my IC 7200 and IC 7410.... I bought the auto tuners we I got active in PSK and jump around the bands a lot..... I have been very happy with them and I had a problem with one of the 993s during the St. Pat contest but as Jim pointed out all I did was do a reset and I am back in business..... I have a bunch of homebrew dipoles plus a Mosley TA33 and a Zero five vertical {obviously I don't live in a deed restricted neighborhood} and all my MFJ tuners whether auto or manual have been able to tune down to 1.5 or less..... I had a LDG auto tuner but was not happy with it and gave it to a ham buddy down in FL...... I know that most hams either love or hate MFJ but I have no complaints and would buy em again.
Just a footnote  MFJ is about 15 miles from my QTH but I always order or buy from a retailer as MFJ will only sell at the retail price and I can buy their products cheaper from a store or online.
I feel that MFJ gives a lot of bang for the buck .... but maybe that's because I have never had any problems with their products ..... and maybe a little luck of the Irish on my end ?

JEFF WALSH
W3WMU
#1673
BUBBAWOOD
WORLDWIDE HEADQUARTERS
STURGIS, MS.


On Monday, March 19, 2018 4:31 PM, Curtis D Sanders <k3urt@...> wrote:


I have been using a MFJ-949E for years with no trouble.
73 de Curt, K3URT, #1630.


On Mar 19, 2018, at 4:08 PM, Martin Tuip <ajax@...> wrote:

 
I'm looking to tap into the knowledge of all of you here a bit.  My main shack is in my house but I have a secondary shack in my garage with a simple Alinco radio and a VHF setup as well.  I'm not specifically planning to do any digital from there but I do most of my antenna design and builds there.  
 
I'm experimenting with different wire and verticals and am thinking a manual tuner is going to give me more flexibility than an automatic tuner as I also get a little bit more insight (plus I wonder if a manual tuner will allow me to sometimes to a better job than auto tuners).  At the moment I'm sticking to max 100W although I have a dedicated 240V circuit for an amp already installed.  What would you suggest without spending a ton of money.  MFJ (yeah I know their reputation) has like 3 million models and I'm just lost. 
 
If anyone has a used one laying around that they don't need and am willing to part with as well for some $ I'm open too.
 
 
 
Martin
KG7HAX








Re: Antenna tuner suggestions / help

JEFF WALSH
 

Tom .... all good advice ...... my shop is a engineered structure ....all metal prefab ..... I weld and use cutting torches in it ......didn't want the fire risk....... with a wind loading of 150mph ..... not a wood structure with corrugated tin roofing .... it looks like a Quanset style hut .....  My XYL and myself assembled it in our younger days ...... still have nightmares about over 4000 nuts and bolts used to assemble it .... electrically it is considered to be one piece ... works great a as faraday cage .... cel phone won't even get 1 bar

Tom at Zero Five said that the building should work just fine to work the antenna off of 

JEFF WALSH
W3WMU
#1673
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On Tuesday, March 20, 2018 1:53 PM, K8TOM <tsingle@...> wrote:


Jeff,

The metal structure mounting in lieu of wire radials can work well, if you have that option.  As I think I have mentioned before, I mounted a Hustler 6BTV on top of my metal roofed barn at about 40 feet above the dirt.   The antenna and its support are bonded to the metal roof. 

I checked the continuity of the roof (between the "tin roof" sheets) before I went that route, and I recommend that you do that check prior to committing to this configuration.  The RF continuity between the "tin roof" sheets seemed good, so I went for it. 

Within a few months I managed to get almost all of my initial DXCC contacts with that vertical and it is still the antenna that I use 75% of the time vs the beam. YMMV.

Tom
K8TOM
815



Re: Antenna tuner suggestions / help

Martin Tuip
 

Thanks for the tips. I looked at some MFJs bit stumbled across a really good looking AMP AT1200 which is a bit of a boat anchor but very manual and it will help me get a better understanding of stuff I don't always fully understand. I will keep my eye out for a compact MFJ for when I travel however.



Martin



On Mon, Mar 19, 2018 at 5:25 PM -0700, "JEFF WALSH" <jeffwalsh1644@...> wrote:

Hi Martin....
I have been using MFJ tuners for years ...... 941D and 949E both manual tuners and still have them and they are at least 25 years old and still work fine .... The only thing I replaced in them is the light bulbs......  I have 2 MFJ 993b auto tuners which I have hooked up to my IC 7200 and IC 7410.... I bought the auto tuners we I got active in PSK and jump around the bands a lot..... I have been very happy with them and I had a problem with one of the 993s during the St. Pat contest but as Jim pointed out all I did was do a reset and I am back in business..... I have a bunch of homebrew dipoles plus a Mosley TA33 and a Zero five vertical {obviously I don't live in a deed restricted neighborhood} and all my MFJ tuners whether auto or manual have been able to tune down to 1.5 or less..... I had a LDG auto tuner but was not happy with it and gave it to a ham buddy down in FL...... I know that most hams either love or hate MFJ but I have no complaints and would buy em again.
Just a footnote  MFJ is about 15 miles from my QTH but I always order or buy from a retailer as MFJ will only sell at the retail price and I can buy their products cheaper from a store or online.
I feel that MFJ gives a lot of bang for the buck .... but maybe that's because I have never had any problems with their products ..... and maybe a little luck of the Irish on my end ?

JEFF WALSH
W3WMU
#1673
BUBBAWOOD
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STURGIS, MS.


On Monday, March 19, 2018 4:31 PM, Curtis D Sanders <k3urt@...> wrote:


I have been using a MFJ-949E for years with no trouble.
73 de Curt, K3URT, #1630.


On Mar 19, 2018, at 4:08 PM, Martin Tuip <ajax@...> wrote:

 
I'm looking to tap into the knowledge of all of you here a bit.  My main shack is in my house but I have a secondary shack in my garage with a simple Alinco radio and a VHF setup as well.  I'm not specifically planning to do any digital from there but I do most of my antenna design and builds there.  
 
I'm experimenting with different wire and verticals and am thinking a manual tuner is going to give me more flexibility than an automatic tuner as I also get a little bit more insight (plus I wonder if a manual tuner will allow me to sometimes to a better job than auto tuners).  At the moment I'm sticking to max 100W although I have a dedicated 240V circuit for an amp already installed.  What would you suggest without spending a ton of money.  MFJ (yeah I know their reputation) has like 3 million models and I'm just lost. 
 
If anyone has a used one laying around that they don't need and am willing to part with as well for some $ I'm open too.
 
 
 
Martin
KG7HAX




Mobile Installations

W7RIV
 

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


Re: Antenna tuner suggestions / help

K8TOM
 

Jeff,

The metal structure mounting in lieu of wire radials can work well, if you have that option.  As I think I have mentioned before, I mounted a Hustler 6BTV on top of my metal roofed barn at about 40 feet above the dirt.   The antenna and its support are bonded to the metal roof. 

I checked the continuity of the roof (between the "tin roof" sheets) before I went that route, and I recommend that you do that check prior to committing to this configuration.  The RF continuity between the "tin roof" sheets seemed good, so I went for it. 

Within a few months I managed to get almost all of my initial DXCC contacts with that vertical and it is still the antenna that I use 75% of the time vs the beam. YMMV.

Tom
K8TOM
815

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