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UPDATED: August 18, 2017

Most of my HF operating is done when we're on the road in our motorhome.  No HOA restrictions there (I hope).  It's easy to get a Buddipole put up on the motorhome ladder.  In this photo, the Buddipole is on a 16-foot painter's pole.  A neat accessory called 'Flagpole Buddy' secures the mast to the ladder - very secure and very easy to put up and take down.

I operate from the campsite.  When we arrive, the first thing I do is get the gas grill out.  Second thing is to put the radio and power supply/battery on an easy to access slide out tray (where the grill was).  So when I need to, I can slide the station in and lock the compartment.  My radio is an IC-7100 with a remote head, so I put it outside on a picnic table along with my Surface Pro.  When not in use, the radio gets stored in one of the orange 'ammo boxes'.


UPDATED: March 21, 2017

I'm retired and have time for ham radio.  There is so much to learn and I really enjoy trying to figure new things out.

I am active on DStar and can usually be found on Reflector 9C.  I live in an HOA-restricted community (I'm not whining) and have to be stealthy about my activities.  My HF Radio is an Icom IC-7100 which I use in the 'shack' or the motorhome with a  tripod mounted Buddipole.  It works reasonbly well especially since I have an antenna tuner.  It's easy to put up and take down and well constructed.  Lately, I've been using a G5RV-Jr as well.  I do not yet have an opinion on which antenna works better for me.  But for the price, you cannot beat the G5RV.

On HF I am exploring the digital modes.  I have settled on Ham Radio Deluxe mainly because of the logging functions.  I interface my radio and computer via the USB connection for audio and rig control - no sound card.  It was a bit tricky at first because I use a Macbook Air running Windows 10 under Parralels (virtualization software) but I am quite happy with it now because it greatly cuts down on cabling/clutter.  I also run FLDigi, RMS Express, and WSJT-X.

Here's my station.  Pretty compact.  The radio, tuner, power supply, and battery backup are on the floor out of the way.

I am currently using a Buddipole which most of the time is retracted to just below our courtyard wall.  When I operate, I extend the mast.  Works pretty well all things considered.  Please don't turn me in to the HOA police.

I inventoried my 'junk box' and decided to assemble a 2-meter go box.  The radio is a 90's vintage IC229A and the box includes a 7 amp-hr battery and case mounted BNC antenna connector.  I figure I can operate at least a half-day without a power supply. The ammo box is from Harbor Freight.

Here's my latest project - nothing too technically exciting.  But I wanted something I could carry in the motorhome to be able to operate from a campsite picnic table.  Inside is a fused 32 amp-hour gel cell.  On the front of the box, I mounted a PWRGate and a power meter.  

On the back, I have a Rig Runner with 4 fused 12-volt connections and 2 USB connections.  This, I believe, will be very hand when we're ont he road.



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