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Operating 100 watts FT-857d through G5RVjr, 71' end-fed wire, or High Sierra screwdriver atop our travel trailer. G5RVjr good on 40m, 20m, 10m with MFJ tuner (945E.) End-fed wire is good on all bands 10-80 using SGC-237 AUTOCOUPLER bonded to Airstream trailer's aluminum roof.  HIGH SIERRA, also on roof, is good on 40, 20, 17, 15, 12m using 7' whip.  

Find us here: http://aprs.fi/?call=n5rtg&mt=m&z=11&timerange=3600

Keeping grid square location updated as access to wifi available. Full-time portable station, n4rtg and n5rtg live full-time in an Airstream 25' International travel trailer wherever it is parked. Livingston TX is mailing address, never been there. We generally try to chase 75 degrees across North America. Check our web site at http://dreamstreamr.com

We operate portable barefoot year-round with a Yaesu FT-857d and recently acquired a Kenwood TS-450sat. Using a slick Tarheel Antennas roof-mount for motorized vertical HS1800Pro antenna on top of the trailer. The mount electrically raises antenna to vertical quickly, High Sierra antenna has great matching. Tunes and operates well on 80m through 15m. Do you think it's the 2.5 meters X 8 meters aluminum elevated ground plane (roof) under the antenna?

We sometimes try to work a G5RVjr dipole 35' - 40' above ground strung between two tall trees. Yeah, a great antenna is one thing much harder to do with no house, getting long antennas up. But our mobile set-up works really well and we'll just make do when we aren't in a place with such tall things upon which to hang wire antennae.

Member of WBCCI AMATEUR RADIO CLUB,  SATERN , NOMADS,  Escapees,  NRA,  Good Sam Club, and  WBCCI, the Airstream Club.

Retired from health care management, sold the house and all contents and travel with Debbie N4RTG. We are loving life on the road together. Enjoy traveling, sightseeing, living in many different venues. October 2008 moved mobile radio into Airstream and am very happy having a real (small) station but wish I had room for real radio like my Kenwood 450.

Someday we might own a tower or two, maybe even an amp. Oh, and a house not on wheels? Probably not the amp. The towers and house? We'll see.

Look us up at http://dreamstreamr.com

Best regards,

Jim N5RTG/portable

Picture below of our compact ham station in rolling QTH -- Yaesu 857d with LDG meter, through High Sierra HS1800/Pro antenna with 84" whip on roof of 26' (7.9m) aluminum trailer. Using Tarheel Antenna's Lift and Lay roof mount to electrically fold antenna before travel or for storms. Tuner is for G5RVjr, if I hang it, but normally stores in an instrument case.



All this is capably powered with two GC2 golf cart batteries through the Airstream's 12vdc system, recharged with two rooftop Sharp 125 watt solar panels through a BZP 2500HP (12/24v) solar charge controller, and monitored with a Trimetric 2025 meter. Radio system works well, provided we have decent propagation. Just like everyone else, right?

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