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Old 04-15-2008, 07:06 PM   #169
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Heat

What about heat and cable damage by using the frig chimney path?

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Old 04-15-2008, 07:07 PM   #170
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I know one thing...I'd rather be running coax than doing what I did all day...which had nothing to do with ham radio, unfortunately!
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Old 04-15-2008, 07:11 PM   #171
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Gus, I've used the fridge for coax and never had a problem with heat. I don't think the fridge itself will get it that hot in there. My '75 came with a CB radio antenna attached and when I pulled the coax it looked fine except for the exposed to the elements outside where they had peeled back the braid.
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Old 04-16-2008, 12:33 AM   #172
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Coax Routing

I routed the coax thru the screen below the access panel behind the fridge. Snake the coax thru a small hole in the creen then up behind the fridge then route to the radio.
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Old 04-16-2008, 10:53 PM   #173
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Old 04-17-2008, 01:06 AM   #174
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I know one thing...I'd rather be running coax than doing what I did all day...which had nothing to do with ham radio, unfortunately!
I am running my coax out through the floor under the front gaucho/sofa next to the spare tire holder where there is no belly pan, near where you spent your day based upon your picture, to a junction box with a female coax connector in a box on the front "A" frame. Then it can connect to my mobile antenna on the truck, a field dipole with mast mounted on the tongue or nearby or any exterior antenna I plan to use.
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Old 05-03-2008, 11:34 PM   #175
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Don, that sounds like a great setup! Show us some pics of your work when it's all done.
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Old 05-05-2008, 10:15 AM   #176
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Ham Radio Antenna Switch

Motoman & others,
Anyone happy with a good antenna selector switch? Our mobile is hard-mounted under the truck's backseat and a pain to disconnect and reconnect the 259 plugs for HF antennae. Would like an antenna switch under dash to pick, at least, from mobile antenna and an external wire or dipole. Found a bunch of remote control switches and other expensive or bulky solutions -- I'm thinking there must be a solid old-fashioned switch to choose from a pair and have a grounded position for down-mode?

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Old 05-05-2008, 10:23 AM   #177
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I think Alpha-Delta makes the best. I've been pleased with how they hold up. Here's a link.
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Old 05-05-2008, 10:39 AM   #178
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Finally, a Ham Project Done!

Yaesu FT-8000R (2m/440)!

Coax is Diamond RG-316 pre-assembly with mini-UHF connector to make routing easier.

Mounted on the fridge vent with a Diamond mount and a Comet SBB-1 (all coil flexible short antenna).

A prior owner had a CB radio antenna in the same spot and had drilled the holes, so I just removed their old coax and ran new.

Model in the photo is my XYL (K9CDC).
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Nice, looks good, is the radio mounted down?
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Old 05-05-2008, 03:55 PM   #180
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Velcro!

It'll stay. This is an old radio I salvaged and didn't have a mount.
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Old 05-05-2008, 09:34 PM   #181
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Nice, I like it!!
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Old 06-14-2008, 11:21 PM   #182
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Radio Switch and radio install

First, the call is WB8COX. We just moved to the Montgomery AL area. I work 2M, DStar, and HF (SSB, PSK31, and whatever) and once in a while EchoLink.

As far as radio switches go, for HF I have used the LDG remote switch and had very good luck with it. It allows you to put the cables and main controller next to the radio box and then place the remote in a convenient spot near the control head. The price, with the remote, when compared to a 4 position Alpha Delta isn't all that bad.

The Alpha Delta switches (I have 3 of them and have been very happy with them) work very well but they are large and finding a place to mount them in a vehicle, even a truck, might be a bit of a pain. I have also had good luck with Diawa, but these are older units. I haven't tried the Diamond switch. I have had bad luck with several of the other common blue painted switches (the ones that don't have a label on them as part of the casting).

I am still figuring out how to put the radios into the AS. I plan on doing that as soon as the crisis projects are done (like leaking windows, vents, hot water tank, and black water tank). The very wet trip to Dayton OH a few weeks ago did a real number on our poor trailer. I was hoping to have it road worthy by field day but that isn't looking to promising right now.

I like the idea of using the fridge vent as a mount, I will have to look at that. I have to think about how to run cables. I was planning on popping an NMO mount in front of the forward vent so I could fish the wires easily by taking out the control panel and reaching up to the roof.

I want all the antennas to be available at the (about to be constructed) dinette table. I am figuring that I need the VHF/UHF antenna on the roof and then have two coax cables plus a control cable coming out in the rear storage box. That will take care of a vehicle mounted HF antenna and another that would be set up when staying for a while.

I was contemplating tapping into the tow vehicle plug as it comes into the camper to power the radios. There is a circuit breaker there which needs replacing so it is a very convenient spot. The other possibility is to use an AGM battery up front to take care of the surges, I just haven't decided the best way to charge it. I have one of those West Mountain chargers along with the battery, I just need 14 volts or better to charge it.

Has anyone tried the HiQ remote tune antennas? I just got finished helping a friend get his standard design screwdriver antenna to work on his camper and I wasn't impressed. The claim from HiQ is that using the 4" coil will work great on a camper.

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