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You can often find me on DStar Ref1 C or N6NFI repeater in Palo Alto when I'm not working for a living.

You can also contact me by email at jeff -->at<-- hagen d0t org

We go out camping in the middle of nowhere. Here is our gear!

 

Little Tarheel HF screwdriver antenna and CB antenna on the rear

VHF/UHF on the driver's side cowl, VHF/UHF on the front bumper, and scanner discone antenna on the passenger side cowl.

You'll see that the factory AM/FM antenna has been removed. It's replaced with a Firestik quick disconnect and AntennaX "CB-style" wrapped fiberglass antenna for standard AM/FM radios. The AM/FM antenna is only installed for drive-in movies, when it replaces the scanner antenna. I can't have them both as they would be too close together.

 

Jeep has an Icom 7100, Icom 5100, Uniden BCD536hp, and Uniden PRO520XL transcievers. The HF antenna is a Little Tarheel HP controlled via a Tunematic controller.

 

To really get out on HF from the Jeep, I've got an end-fed configuration:

Here is the control setup inside the Jeep.

The "radio rack" holds most of the gear, including the speakers. This photo is a little old, I now run 3 smaller "hear-it" speakers instead of the larger "clr-speaker" shown in this photo.

 

The IC-7100 control head is in a cupholder using a RAM mount. This location prevents me from getting a sore arm from using the tuning knob.

I've used an additional RAM mount to add a new cupholder handing on the passenger side grab bar. The new cupholder does not get in the way of the passenger side airbag deploying as I've got it tucked down under the bar. 

Here you can see the Uniden scanner. I've put it into the dash under a single-din entertainment head. I needed to run the audio out to a seperate speaker since the speaker on the scenner is now closed up inside the dashboard.

The control head for the ID-5100 is up over the rear-view mirror. The mirror looks hidden in this photo, but it is still functional from where my head is at when driving. I've got a little speaker hidden behind the control head so that the sound comes from the same direction as the controls.

Here is how things are configured:

Our teardrop trailer is solar powered with 2 deep cycle batteries. No amplifiers here, but I can put out 100w for 2-3 hours a day off solar without running the batteries down, assuming it's sunny outside. I use a Biddipole 18' tripod with guy kit and a bunch of different types of wire antennas for HF. This photo is directly after the drop into Watson wash along the Mojave Road trail.

The PVC tubes on the sides of the roof rack are for storing antennas. I carry a Diamond Antenna NMO 7900 as the main 2m/70cm antenna, and a Diamond discone. I also keep a bunch of hamsticks, and some other shorter antennas in the roof rack tubes as well. The 2m/70cm antenna and the scanner antenna are not visible in this photo. This photo is from the 4x4 campground at Gold Lake.

 

Equipment inside includes an Icom 7100, an LDG IT-100, a battery boost regulator, a West Mountian radio DSP speaker, and a Uniden BCD536hp. I generally also bring a laptop, since the IC-7100 has a built in soundcard and PC control. I am able to send Winlink emails from basically anywhere.

You can see an HF inverted Vee assembled here. The white bit at the top of the pole is a little bit of PVC I used to hold the balun to the pole. This particular antenna is a Windcamp off center fed dipole.  This photo is from a campground near Mesa, AZ.

Random photos:

Along Snake Lake trail.

Unnamed trail behind China Lake test area.

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