I am following this subject with great interest since a tower and a new "ham
shack" (relocating to another room in the same house) are in the near future.
I operate mobile mostly on 2 meters when I travel but am headed for more HF.
My concern now is that I have never heard of a floating ground in a vehicle
where the radio is tied directly to the battery (both leads fused of course).
I operate an old 2 meter transceiver dedicated to APRS, with a GPS, laptop
computer, cell phone, and sometimes a refrigerated cooler, along with a Yaesu
FT-100D "floating" under the back seat of the cab. With the exception of a
tiny bit of ignition noise in the FT-100 I haven't had any problems in the 2
years I have run this way. From the tone of this subject I should be exploding
any minute while driving down the road. (Well maybe I stretched that a bit).
Yes, this year I am going to rewire the truck because I am not entirely
comfortable with the arrangement, but not because I have had any problems. The
base station is a subject for an other time. What I am wondering, is this
problem wide spread. Is there a lot of problem with others. Maybe I am
reading more into this than there really is.
See: http://www.mscomputer.com for "Self Supporting Towers", "Wireless Weather
Stations", and lot's more. Call Toll Free, 1-800-333-9041 with any questions
and ask for Sherman, W2FLA.
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