Thursday, January 22, 2015

A fellow Ham - A master of the mobile rig

Jerry, VE6AB is a master at configuring mobile rigs... HF / VHF... he has several radios and antennas to setup anywhere on the road...

Gives me lots of ideas... Many of which were already noodling in my head, but now seeing it all in pictures sends the idea home. I like the idea of portability... while hiking or parked somewhere. Mind you I'm only a Tech level so VHF / UHF is my mainstay for now.... I have two battery setups to use as portable ops.

Great ideas for weather monitoring, satellite comm, antennas and portable configurations for backpacking, attache case size setups, APRS and a neat layout for driver seat device panel to lay on the steering wheel. (for use while NOT driving of course!)

Thanks to VA3QV for posting this find.

Making a J Pole antenna for 2M and 70cm

I plan to use my Baofeng UV82 for mobile and also base station for now. Maybe eventually I will get something with more power. But for now its my only radio.

So far I have a mobile antenna for my vehicle and an extended whip for handheld use. But as a base station a j pole antenna will fit the bill for better gain and range. I'll need one for 2M and 70cm.... make them separate and mounted together for either outdoor mounting or attic mounting (suspended from attic beams with a hook) or floor mounted (with a pvc base).

Outdoor mounting will be interesting.. My backyard is a bird haven and I don't think it will be long before the little tiny creatures will find the end of the pole for a landing spot.

The 2M vhf antenna will wind up being  ~ 60 inches in height. I saw someone who used a copper union on the long run to break it down for portable use. It would be nice to make it versatile for temporary and permanent locations.

Plans for this one will be 1/4" copper tubing and elbows. One tee on the bottom run to solder in a base extension that can be adapted to a PVC base for portable operation or clamped to a wood 4"x4" upright 8 ft high. Another possibility would be a chimney mount but not for two antennas. I probably will save the chimney location for a discone for my SDR radio.

The design for the antenna is calculated with:

You can find the handy calculator and diagram at Note: the feed point may need small adjustments so don't do a final soldering until the position is finalized. (Hose clamps will do fine for evaluation. Although not critical its common to connect the center of the coax to the main stub and the shield to the short stub.. Using a SO 239 connector will facilitate quick connect / disconnect.

Later I'll look into making a lightweight portable with 300 or 450 ohm ladder line.