[TowerTalk] Mobile antennas?

Dan dhearn at ix.netcom.com
Fri Aug 15 07:28:21 EDT 2003

Steve, I cant comment on the radios but if the roof of your motorhome is not
metal it would probably work OK. I have seen emergency ham control center
setups using loaded mobile antennas in a horizontal dipole configuration.
They use a short mast to get the antenna up well above the roof of the
vehicle. I suggest you read the stuff on W8JI's web page about mobile
antenna efficiency and coil Q. Capacity between the coil and metal surfaces
does bad things to efficiency. I believe that many of the screwdriver
antenna setups with the coil near the vehicle body are seriously
compromised. 73, Dan, N5AR

----- Original Message -----
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Sent: Thursday, August 14, 2003 9:14 PM
Subject: [TowerTalk] Mobile antennas?

> Greetings, TowerTalkians --
>     I have a chance to put a radio in a 26' motorhome. It sounds like the
> FT-857 is pretty nifty and better than the IC-706 MK2G. Any comments?
>     I understand that the Hi-Q mobile antennas are the ones to beat.
> appreciated.
>     Now here's a brainstorm - what about mounting a BuddiPole dipole so
> it runs in the same plane as the RV? Sure, it'll stick it out a little on
> end and won't be very high but it should be reasonably efficient. And
> than the Hi-Q. So what didn't I think of? Comments invited.
> Cheers,
> Steve      K7LXC
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