CQ CQ DE K4TWM PSE K or “calling any HAMpers”
Any HAM radio operators going HAMping in their Montana’s??
I am interested in any tips you may have for pulling coax and power lines through your rig. Where do you set up your shack? Permanent or portable? Direct 12V power? 12V with a booster? Or 110VAC + power supply? Grounding issues? Lightning protection? Issues with the neighbors/hosts?
When camping I like to shoot a 40m half wavelength dipole into a nearby tree as an inverted “V” for HF to my ICOM IC-7300 and MFJ tuner. I put a dual band UHF/VHF base antenna on a 20’ mast which mounts in the bumper hitch (Which also mounts twin high gain 800MHz Yagi’s for true MIMO boost to my Verizon Jetpack). I built my own Raspberry Pi controlled satellite tracking antenna on a tripod for AMSAT transceiving. I use my Yaesu FT-2DR handheld for UHF/VHF but I am looking at an IC-9700. Lastly, I have a new disc/cone all-band antenna that I will mount on the roof to try with my SDR receiver.
We will soon have our new 3120RL and I am thinking of building a box as a portable HAM shack that I can sit on the table inside or take outside to a picnic table. I want to pull some power/coax inside and strategically place some connection boxes to be as unobtrusive as possible and minimize my connections. I don’t think I can pull any wires up an outside wall, under belly and inside walls only. Thoughts?
I would like to hear about your setup and experience.
73’s (that’s “thanks”) Mike K4TWM
Mike & Doreen
2021 Montana Legacy 3120RL Super Solar
2020 Chevy 2500HD High Country