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Old 01-13-2009, 02:12 PM   #1
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Shack coming together (at last)

Have almost all the pieces and parts either here or on the way. Have my TS2000, my Henry 3KD Classic, My HI Q. Having my ant mount made up and my trailer brake controler installed. All I lack is my new (to me) Airstream. I'll be picking that up Saturday/Sunday. Then I get to install my station in her. Had pondered long and hard about the antenna. Originally considered a 30 foot whip and coupler but then decided to run some power and a coupler for legal limit is very spendy. Considered the Butternut but that just isnt "portable" enough.. The HIQ seems to fit the bill pefectly. It came in the mail yesterday and I am very impressed with it. We'll see how impressed I am after I get it installed and running. It is of course a compromise. Anyhow, I'm getting more and more excided..

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Old 01-13-2009, 02:35 PM   #2
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Sounds like some kind of radio setup?
Can you explain a little more?
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Old 01-13-2009, 04:32 PM   #3
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No Boondocking for you!

Lee,

Unless you forget the amp and go QRP on the TS2000!

You might even need to think about how to get more than 30 Amps to the TT when you are in a campground.

Looking at your background, I'll bet you have it all figured out...

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Old 01-13-2009, 08:17 PM   #4
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Lee,

Unless you forget the amp and go QRP on the TS2000!

You might even need to think about how to get more than 30 Amps to the TT when you are in a campground.

Looking at your background, I'll bet you have it all figured out...

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Howdy Ralph,
Couple of things I can do. One, the amp draws about 30 or a bit less on 110v at 1500 watts. Dont need to run max smoke. could run 500 watts and still have plenty left over on a 30a service. Another thing I could do is run an inverter off the 4 deep cicle 12v batteries which should work. Some camp sites offer a 50a service which would solve a lot of those issues. Then, there is the possibility of not using the amp.. Actually the trailer will sppend most of its time in the back yard where I have all the amps I need. I baught the trailer with the idea of its primary task being my radio shack.. Camping will be secondary job.

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Old 01-13-2009, 08:21 PM   #5
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Sounds like some kind of radio setup?
Can you explain a little more?
Al

Yup, it would be that. I baught the Airstream to serve primarily as my ham radio shack. I just retired from a career as a merchant marine Radio Officer. Havent had a shoreside radio station for 30 years and this is my retirement present to me. the trailer and enough radio toys to keep me busy for some time.

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Old 01-13-2009, 08:57 PM   #6
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Old 01-13-2009, 10:18 PM   #7
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Pictures, someday, when you have the chance!

Starting monday, when I have my new (to me) Airstream home, I'll be starting to install gear and will be phographing the adventure. Of course I have a strong union that enforces the strictest beer to work ratio during the day and Irish whiskey to work ratio when the sun slips below the yard arm.. photos may be a bit fuzzy..

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Old 01-18-2009, 08:38 PM   #8
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My new shack (27 ft 74 Overlander) is now in my yard. Just got her home this evening from Bend> oregon to Grants Pass. Long run for my first time with a trailer behind me. We survived quite nicely. The Yukon towed her like a dream. Even got her backed into the side yard with no misshaps. Was dark or I wold have started the process. Tomorrow will get her leveled, water / electricity hooked up and begin transforming her into a ham shack/RV. Need to figure out where to but the henry.. Not sure the dinette will hold the weight. May have to build a table. Anyhow, I ramble. Thinking of documenting everything with phots if anybody is interested..

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Old 01-18-2009, 09:58 PM   #9
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Good luck with your new 'StreamShack, Lee!

Don't expect the dinette to hold much weight. We'd love to see photos!!!
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Old 01-19-2009, 08:55 AM   #10
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Put the Henry on the floor under the dinette... It can double as a foot warmer and keep your center of gravity low!
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Old 01-19-2009, 11:36 AM   #11
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Put the Henry on the floor under the dinette... It can double as a foot warmer and keep your center of gravity low!

Good idea but I'm too old to crawl under the dinette to tune the thing.. Found a heavy duty metal bench that will work if I clean it up and paint it. It's about as big as half the dinette so I can fold the dinette over and
have room for both.. havent rally had a shot a checking it out yet.. jus t got in last night and have just now recovered from the 5 hourr drive over the mountains.. The pass was about 5000 feet and we were worried about ice. Made the trip stressfull but there was no ice.. Heck of way to find out that towing wasnt that big of a deal.. Goikng out to the trailer after the sun warms it up a bit.. think the first thing to to will be to figure out the furnace..

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Old 03-13-2009, 08:41 PM   #12
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Radio Shack Stuff

Have the Airstream and now have all the pieces and parts. Was almost 70 here in Grants Pass, Or and I managed to get in and do some work. didnt really get much done.. The Hamerhead Ale was there in the fridge and .... wll I am still a sailor at heart. All the gear is now inside the trailer except the 2 mtr / 70 cm ant which is on a pole propped up against the front of the trailer. Rewired for 50 amp service. Here are some pictures of the "stuff" Just laying around where I left it.

Anybody tell my why my fridge wont run on 110? Followed the instructions in the owners manual.. ONly thing I can think of is that the Airstream isnt quite llevel. Is that critical?

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Looks like it is all coming together. I have found that the fridge does not have to be perfectly level, but close. Have you tried it on gas? Do a search for threads dealing with the problem... lots of good stuff out there like:

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Refrigerator problems

I have been reading up about the vintage refrigerators. They are temperamental. The thread I read said to put a level in the freezer compartment and to be sure that it is level from front to back and side to side. I also read that if the trailer has been sitting for a long period that the refrigerator may need to be burped! Yes, burped. One person said they drove around stopping and starting as though testing brakes and it worked. Others said they removed the refrigerator, tipped it upside down, let it sit upright for a couple days, then it started right up. Corosion on a panel on the back was also a problem, once cleaned off creating good contacts the refrigerator worked again. We are about to test out our 68 Avion refrigerator so Iam prepared for the worst. These solutions are discussed in detail on an Avion forum if you need diagrams and more details.
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