[RFI] Decoupling small trailer to reduce RFI?

Pete Smith N4ZR n4zr at contesting.com
Mon May 26 06:58:16 EDT 2014

It was the guy who invented APRS - WB4APR - who had a fully-tricked out 
solar-powered Prius mobile he used to bring to hamfests.  He might be a 
good souce of info.  Also see 
<http://www.findu.com/cgi-bin/symbol.cgi?icon=H%3E> for a list of other 
Priuses (Prii?) with mobile VHF rigs.

73, Pete N4ZR
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On 5/24/2014 6:09 PM, qrv at kd4e.com wrote:
> Hybrids, e.g. a Prius, are infamous for HF hash from
> all of the electronics.
> I have read that someone went nuts shielding & bypassing
> things & made theirs usable but I lack the knowledge &
> time for such an adventure & doubt I could afford to
> pay someone local to do it for me!
> That said, what if I mount the HF antenna on a small
> trailer, electrically decoupling it from the frame of
> the Prius - via a non-conductive hitch-section - and
> optically decouple the trailer light signaling (I'd
> use battery powered LED brake & signal lights)?
> I'm hoping that the strong field of RFI would not
> extend 4-6' to the rear of the Prius (it's not in
> the driveway at the moment so I cannot test that).
> Thanks - David KD4E

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