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Old 12-21-2006, 12:47 PM   #57
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grandfather was w9tg and father was w9nrl. have some of their equipment and have an interest but to date have not made the time.
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Old 12-21-2006, 01:16 PM   #58
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N5YEI in NW Arkansas. I have an Echolink station set to connect my 70 cm repeater here. All are welcome. Merry Christmas!
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Old 12-25-2006, 12:38 PM   #59
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We have just moved to 263 Horseshoe Road, Central,SC 29630 Have just finished setting up KD8VD (again)
While we are Emeritus, we would like to hear from other Airstream Hams
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Old 12-25-2006, 06:55 PM   #60
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I have a General Class license and so far have avoided the internet based ham radio mediums. I plan to upgrade to Extra this year and hope to convince my wife to get a Technicians license once the no code rules go into effect. At home I have a Yaesu FT-840 HF rig with several dipoles and various 70's to 90's vintage Motorola VHF rigs modified for the amateur bands. For mobile, field and Airstream use I have a FT2600 (VHF) and FT-897 (HF thru 440). I am active in our local Riverside County RACES unit, the local Riverside County Amateur Radio Association (RCARA) the Inland Empire Council of Amateur Radio Organizations (IECARO) and trying to be more activie in the ARRL Orange Section with Boy and Girl Scouts.

I had the dealer install a Larsen 2M/440 NMO mount near the back vent on our first Airstream, a 22' CCD. I had configured some BNC to F connector adapters to use the outside TV cable connection for an external field erected HF dipole which seemed to work well also. These antennas allowed me to operate from the desk at the back of the trailer.

I have not installed any antenna coonnections in our current trailer, a 2005 25' CCD. I am currently planning to install some coax and bulkhead PL259 conectors either through the wall near the battery box or through the floor in the spare area so that I can use my truck mounted mobile ATAS-120 or a field erected dipole antenna when camped. I have installed a 45 amp PowerPole connector in the battery box for operating outside on a picnic table or under the awning, 230 watts of solar panels on top between the AC and the rear roof vent and two Deka Group 24 Gel-cells for boon docking and my radio hobby.

At home I mostly operate on the VHF and UHF bands. When camping I always try to operate HF and have been able to check into Southern California Sunday morning Nets on 40 and 75 meters from field locations in California and eastern Nevada. Tried PSK31 successfully from Northern AZ on 5 watts but was unsuccessful from Northen NM with the same setup.

73, hope to talk with you on the road or have a face to face QSO.
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Old 12-25-2006, 08:37 PM   #61
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Not yet, but plan to take element 2 & 3 next time the Dayton ARA tests (early February). Was a USAF 30471 Nav-Aids technician 30 years ago and could pass element 4 if I could only remember what I knew back then.

The FT-897D with a KJ7U 160-6m screwdriver and 2m/70cm dual-bander looks like a nice Airstream setup.
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Old 12-25-2006, 09:40 PM   #62
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Old 12-26-2006, 06:17 AM   #63
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Antenna Mounting

Gus - KR4K
Mary - K5MCL

Am looking for a good way to mount two antennas to our classic. Want to get the VHF/UHF Ringo Ranger up off the roof a bit. Also am looking for a place to mount an HF whip with the tuner just inside.

Any lessons learned on the mounting points, bringing the coax into the body, and running the coax to the front credenza?

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Old 12-26-2006, 07:08 AM   #64
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Gus - KR4K
Mary - K5MCL

Am looking for a good way to mount two antennas to our classic. Want to get the VHF/UHF Ringo Ranger up off the roof a bit. Also am looking for a place to mount an HF whip with the tuner just inside.

Any lessons learned on the mounting points, bringing the coax into the body, and running the coax to the front credenza?

73/gus
I think while in camp the best solutions for VHF/UHF anf HF are the following portable antennas:

Arrow Dual Band J-Pole - such as this (I own 2 and they're great!):

Arrow Antenna J-Poles

reviews here: Arrow OSJ Model J146/440 Product Reviews


For HF if you don't have the space or means to string a dipole, then a portable screwdriver with some portable ground radials is the next best thing. Alot of people I know also happen to love the Buddipole for portable ops which is another solution yet, but a little more costly.

Most ham antennas I wouldn't want to mount to my AS. I'd rather set-up a quick and easy antenna in camp that stores easy. I have seen some clean installations of motorized screwdrivers off of the bumper assemblies, but that's a personal choice. Again, I'd rather just set-up up an antenna in camp that takes no longer than 5 minutes to do. YMMV.

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Old 12-26-2006, 08:52 AM   #65
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Thanks Dennis.

Have been a bit worried about having any antenna that can be easily reached by someone walking around. Don;t want any accidental RF burns.

How do you bring coax cables into the trailer?

73/gus kr4k
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Old 12-26-2006, 10:16 AM   #66
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Thanks Dennis.

Have been a bit worried about having any antenna that can be easily reached by someone walking around. Don;t want any accidental RF burns.

How do you bring coax cables into the trailer?

73/gus kr4k
Hi again Gus,

I usally operate while sitting outside (enjoying the fresh air) and have no need to run the feedline anywhere inside. I also can see my antennas which prevents anyone accidently getting an RF burn by touching it while I am operating.

Though if you wanted a solution for having coax inside the AS, I would first determine where inside you would be operating from (i.e dinette, couch in front, or desk if equipped in rear), then choose if you want a temporary solution (i.e. window/door) or a more permanent solution such as having a coax connector such as a SO239, BNC or N-type on both the outside and interior wall and do your connection that way (similar to how the factory runs the Television connectors).

In most cases, you should be able to find a solution that fits your radio operating the best. It goes without saying (but I'll say it anyway) just as a precuation, keep your antennas from being set-up near your propane tanks. I have seen some people mount CB antennas on their flag mounts next to the tanks which should be avoided whenever possible. Enjoy being on-air in camp no matter which solution you choose!

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Old 01-01-2007, 10:17 PM   #67
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Old 01-02-2007, 08:51 PM   #68
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New member of WBCCI Ham Radio Club

Ernie - N1AEW and Madaline N1JRG

We recently joined the WBCCI Ham Radio club and over the holidays I had some time to check into the 14.3075 net that meets at noon time EST. The sigs were good and Edna welcomed me to the net. Coverage was great. I have also done some listening on 7230 Khz. with lots of AS folks checking into nets and just hanging out up and down the east coast.

I am now thinking of moving my FT100 from the tow vehicle to the trailer so I can do more haming when we are parked.

Need to figure out the antenna mounts on the trailer.

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Old 01-02-2007, 10:33 PM   #69
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Ernie - N1AEW and Madaline N1JRG

We recently joined the WBCCI Ham Radio club and over the holidays I had some time to check into the 14.3075 net that meets at noon time EST. The sigs were good and Edna welcomed me to the net. Coverage was great. I have also done some listening on 7230 Khz. with lots of AS folks checking into nets and just hanging out up and down the east coast.

I am now thinking of moving my FT100 from the tow vehicle to the trailer so I can do more haming when we are parked.

Need to figure out the antenna mounts on the trailer.

73's Ernie - N1AEW
Too cool Ernie! If/when you attend a 2007 NEU rally I'd love to have you "show me the ropes". I'm thinking becoming a HAM is right up my alley.
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Old 01-02-2007, 10:49 PM   #70
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I am a Ham - my callsign is KD8VD. I became a member of ARC
The WBCCI Amateur Radio Club expecting to see quite a bit of interest in Ham Radio in Airstreams, but todate the activity if Zero.
I probably will not renew my membership unless there is some activity in the club.
Winner, I fowarded this link to John O. in Dacusville...Ham nut...and I recently sold him a 1975 sovereign.
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