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Old 03-13-2016, 02:56 PM   #1
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New Coach, antenna options?

Howdy all, think I am having a DSDP 2017 4369 built. Would love to have a 2 meter .70 antenna on the coach. Also a HF set up but what to do about antennas? No metal on roof, No aft ladder on coach. Also, if I am having it built, should I have them run some wire conduits fore and aft? Thanks all!

I do have an Eagle one antenna, but have not tried it yet....

I have several radios, 1c-706 etc, but love my Qyt 8900 thats in my pickup at the moment...

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I have been thinking of doing the same for my coach. I have Yaseu FT-857D that I have sitting around and would like to use it on my travels but every time I start trying to figure it out I don't get much past the planning stages as I not certain how to get the wires in place so I don't screw up something else. I'm leaning towards putting it in my Jeep with some sort of screwdriver antenna. Here is a good site that deals with mobile HF applications that I used for some of my research - KBG.COM It has a section on RV's and Over the road truckers. Having the manufacturer run the power and antenna lines would sure make it easy to get setup and operating. I would lean towards running antenna cable that you supply rather than conduit. Have them run an extra antenna line to the rear bumper area (as opposed to where you are going to mount the antenna) in case you want to put a dipole or some other wire antenna at a campsite. All you got to do is switch antenna connections. Good Luck.
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Old 03-14-2016, 06:27 AM   #3
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Howdy all, think I am having a DSDP 2017 4369 built. Would love to have a 2 meter .70 antenna on the coach. Also a HF set up but what to do about antennas? No metal on roof, No aft ladder on coach. Also, if I am having it built, should I have them run some wire conduits fore and aft? Thanks all!

I do have an Eagle one antenna, but have not tried it yet....

I have several radios, 1c-706 etc, but love my Qyt 8900 thats in my pickup at the moment...

Cheers!
Ah yes. Antennas are the major problem. A few thoughts.

I'm a member of the FMCA Amateur Radio Club (FMCA Amateur Radio Chapter :: Home). It's got about 120 members (including the XYL hams), and gathers from time to time at its own periodic meetings around the country, FMCA rallies, and the Orlando Hamcation. The members there are a good source of information on antennas, installation, operating, etc. That's something for you to consider.

I use a portable box with my IC-706MkII-G, the same box I use for field day and other portable operations. For an HF antenna, I've been using a Hamstick dipole that I attach to the flag pole mount on the rear ladder, which gives me good efficiency on 20, 10, and 6 meters, and acceptable operations on 40m. A little write-up on the setup is here: 21-23 March 2014: FMCA ARC Rally. In my prior RVs (trailers), I'd usually just throw a dipole up in the trees, which is still a fallback option if necessary.

I am still working on the 2-meter antenna setup. Right now I'm just using my HT, but my plan is to mount a spare FT-8900R in the motorhome, which will not only give me 2-meters, it will allow me to operate cross-band from my HT. Since a 1/2-wave 2-meter antenna has tolerable efficiency even without a ground plane, I'll probably mount one on the front pillar of the cab, which will make routing the coax easy and keep the height above the roof line within acceptable limits. Here's the type of side mount I have in mind: M-2 MOUNT. I just need to make sure I have enough depth and that the fiberglass in the pillar is strong enough to bear the wind load.

Anyway, hope that helps. I'll follow this thread to see if others have more ideas.

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Old 05-27-2016, 06:51 PM   #4
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With no metal roof you still have a metal lattice, producing a leaky Faraday cage, that makes a good ground plane.



I had been using a FT100d with the ATAS120a ant. Replaced FT100d with a FT991
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A screwdriver would also work attached to the trailer hitch when you are stationary. I worked all counties USA with one on my pickup.

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