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Best HF antenna for 5th Wheel, Buddipole?

Discussion in 'RV Operating and Camping' started by N6REK, Oct 16, 2019.

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  1. K9PHT

    K9PHT Ham Member QRZ Page

    I have my ICOM IC706MKII setup in my f150 Truck and use this antenna setup...

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    What I have done is to have a second control head setup with longer cable and run that back to my OFF-ROAD camper or picnic table... Works great doing this...
    Roy Ken
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  2. K9PHT

    K9PHT Ham Member QRZ Page

    More recently I have added a lot of Radio to my off-road camper...
    This is floor plan showing where everything is located...

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    I have a off-center dipole I like to put up on my ten foot small tower section on the trailer bumper and throw the ends up in the trees at the camp site... DIPOLES always do good for me with my radios... Running a ground rod into the ground three or four feet helps too... Most of my camping is off-grid...

    My favorite bands is 80/40 when camping off-grid...

    Roy Ken
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  3. N3AWS

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    I suggest you take a look at "Compact 40 meter HF loop for your recreational vehicle" by John Portune W6NBC which appears in the ARRL Antenna Compendium Vol. 8.

    You might like what you see.


    Jim N3AWS
  4. KN4XJ

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    I use the bottom 30ft of a 12meter spiderpole to support a G5RV Jr. The tuner in my 590 tunes it well and I have plenty of contacts out to 1200 + miles with it. Not a real dx magnet but it's only 30ft high.
  5. W7EDC

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    Surprised I have not seen anybody come out with a one or two band collapsible/foldable hexbeam. I think something like that would be great for an RV set-up. I often run an end fed in an inverted L configuration using a 40' push up mast. I works good but has some drawbacks. I am really beginning to look at screwdriver options...but the prices, sheesh?!
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  6. KI6Y

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    I use the MFJ Big Ears antenna ( ) .

    The antenna works well and can be setup in less than 5 minutes.

    This past weekend in around 5 hours of operation (contest) in Organ Pipe Cactus National Monument, AZ I worked:
    USA including Alaska and Hawaii
    Grand Cayman Islands
    South Africa
    Netherlands Antilles

    The cost of the antenna with carrying bag is low (around $300). Transceiver is the Yaesu FT-450D.

    -Al, KI6Y
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  7. NB8F

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    Just bought an 2670MK - Travel Trailer. Going to put a network inside it and use a Flex 6300 and maybe an FT-991. Right now I have a buddipole and a dipole. Looking at putting an Eagle One vertical on the ladder as well.
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  8. KK9W

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    We tested one made in Germany. While it worked when assembled it was a spaghetti nightmare of wires and cord when trying to take it out of its stowed condition. The fiberglass spreaders were not sufficient for their length even with support lines. They still bowed heavily under their weight and whipped about side to side in the wind. It was a hot mess overall.

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