View Full Version : rv ladder mounts tips needed, plan scoprion ant.
06-05-2011, 04:42 PM
i decided on a scorpion antenna do you have any ideas on ladder mounting a small pole that can be attached without climbing to the top of the ladder
i only plan to use the antenna NOT MOVING
ideas on a drop in mount that has a ground plane
my rv has rubber roof and fiberglass walls i realive there is wires inside coach
thanks in advance
06-05-2011, 05:37 PM
do you have any ideas on ladder mounting a small pole that can be attached without climbing to the top of the ladder
06-05-2011, 11:02 PM
LDG has recently acquired S9 antennas, they manufacture several telescoping figerglass antennas which could work in your appluication. http://www.ldgelectronics.com/c/252/products/16/62/1
There are conductive paints available which could be used to make your rubber roof a viable ground plane. SRA Supershield comes to mind. It is used in the cell phone and land mobile industries to shield plastic cases.
06-05-2011, 11:23 PM
For operating while "stationary" I've used two antennas primarily that outperform any kind of whips:
1. When parked in a campsite or elsewhere where there are trees around, I use a multiband parallel dipole installed as an inverted vee. Requires no tuner or anything special, just a tree limb...outperforms every whip on the market, no matter what it is, and costs maybe $20 to put together.
2. When parked where there aren't any trees, I use an MFJ Super Hi-Q loop, which is small (3' diameter) and has its own motor-controlled tuning mechanism as part of the antenna. I can install that on a crappie pole, or hang it from almost anything with a light rope, and it works fabulously but only on 40m through 15m. It won't cover 80m or 12-10 meters, but it does an amazing job.
Between those two antennas, I can work 80 through 10 meters from anywhere and not use any sort of whip.
I did use a screwdriver whip antenna while "in motion" for years, and always had to be careful about hitting stuff. I did hit many gas station overhangs and such, and damaged the antenna a few times, but never anything I couldn't repair on the road.
It pays to travel with tools, soldering equipment, hose clamps, epoxy, duct tape, etc. I always had a lot of that stuff on board.
06-06-2011, 03:41 PM
ill look into the paint too wonder how walking on it is
Something like THIS? (http://www.dxstore.com/rv_ladder_antenna_mount.html)
06-06-2011, 04:01 PM
that may work with the 43' lcd mast