RV LADDER MOUNT ANTENNA MAST.

Discussion in 'RV Operating and Camping' started by AC0GV, May 3, 2016.

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  1. AC0GV

    AC0GV Ham Member QRZ Page

    ant3.JPG That Tarheel on a Fiver Roof post back in March got me thinking about mounting a mast on my RV to support a 2 meter beam while camping. Here is what I came up with. It is a metal closet rod supported by three two foot pieces of aluminum angle, U bolted to the ladder.I'll post more pictures on the ac0gv facebook page for people that want more detail.
     
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  2. K7WFM

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    Very cool idea using the aluminum angle iron. Do you remove or drop the mast when underway?
    Right now I'm using a fiberglass 20' fishing pole vertical that I lash to the ladder with velcro straps. It works okay but, I want a sturdier mast to support an inverted V doublet.

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  3. AC0GV

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    I have 3 mounts and plan to remove the antenna and slide the mast down into all three, hopefully the road won't pound it apart with all three tight. (Yes I know the driven element is on wrong in the first picture. I was racing a storm. It has been corrected.)
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    kenny
     
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  4. N4MU

    N4MU Ham Member QRZ Page

    Now aren't all you earlier responders sorry to have made fun of "Tarheel on a Fiver"? Bully!
     
  5. NE2I

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    I used a pennenger mount from the ladder and the mast is the super huge DX engineering 65 foot mast. I leave it at about 5o so feet and it works fine. I use no guys and have run a dipole from it. I used a delrin insulator at the base of the mast and made it into a vertical with the MFJ remote tuner. It works great and gives me 40-10 meters.
     
  6. NM1I

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    here use a shakespeare 393 hf marine vertical/whip mounted on rear ladder with flagpole buddy mount. Tune with a small SGC auto tuner at ant base. Run a short wire to 18 inch screwdriver in ground for grounding tuner. Works well, had many qso's with KX3 AT 15 W. Used 100 w amp occasionally when needed. regards Butch/NM1I
     
  7. W0JOG

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    It ain't all that hard. I had a scrap piece of 1/4 inch thick aluminum that reached from leg to leg of the Itasca's ladder (and a couple of rigs before it) and drilled a hole in its center for the mobile mount. Four U-bolts held it to the ladder just below first vertical step. Lead-in went down the ladder (which was grounded to the chassis of the motor home. Lead-in followed opportunity to beneath the vanity in the bedroom which was taken over as "ham shack." Hustler antennas and thereyago. WAS and anywhere else I wanted. Used it for years. It now is mounted in much the same fashion on my 21 year old GMC conversion van. Ferrite donuts as a balun made SWR behave. de W0JOG
     
  8. W7EDC

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    That looks a lot cleaner that what I do...I open the camper emergency exit vent above the sleeping quarters and throw up a hamstick dipole mounted on an old work light tripod.
     
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  9. W4RGA

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    Looks great. How long is the closet rod ?
     
  10. AC0GV

    AC0GV Ham Member QRZ Page

    8'
     

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