Boondocks and Campsite Operating

Discussion in 'RV Operating and Camping' started by N8AFT, Aug 8, 2020.

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  1. WD5IKX

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    Here is my humble portable shack with my 40 / 20 meter vertical. I have several antennas I use when camping.

    Lathrop SP Colorado portable-2.JPG

    RMSS portable FT-450-portable.JPG

    John WD5IKX
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  2. N8AFT

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  3. KF9VV

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    Three seasons on this:

    Thanks to a couple of great deals, next spring a KX3 and a 30’ pole are going out on the road.
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  4. N8AFT

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    I really like your mounting base / porta-desk!
  5. KF9VV

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    It is a recycled clip board with holes drilled in it to allow lacing twine to fasten the radio and battery. It travels in a zip up Five Nine portfolio that is just big enough to encase it, 25’ of RG8X and a Palomar return loss bridge with all the right adapters.

    One of my winter projects is to craft something for the KX3 that fits in the same portfolio.

    Jim KF9VV
  6. KG7WGX

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    I was looking for a way to secure the KX3 without running elastic cord over the panel or display.

    I was stumped at first, then I thought of making loops that would fit over the KX3's legs, when folded flat.

    The pictures tell the story. You need a long length between the two loops so you can stretch the cord and form larger loops while you insert the legs. Once the legs are in, the cord tightens and pulls the KX3 against the board.

    It is very secure. Even if you turn it upside down, it doesn't fall off. It just pivots.

    I use it sitting in the passenger seat of my truck, or in a very low nylon sling chair, so the angle of my upper legs already tilts the radio's screen toward me. It wouldn't work as well with a flatter leg angle.

    KX3 kneeboard 1 sm.jpg KX3 kneeboard 2 sm.JPG KX3 kneeboard 3 sm.JPG
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  7. KF9VV

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    That is perfect!
  8. KG7WGX

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    There is a "technique" to stretching the back cord and pushing it through the holes to make the front loops larger. You need to do this to drop in the KX3's legs.

    It does require some care to hang onto the KX3 while making the second loop. Pinning the board between my legs vertically while I do this seems to make up for only having two hands, and it lets you "sight down the loops" as you insert the legs.

    Taking it off is easier than putting it on, provided you make the loops big enough to let the rubber feet slip through.

    At first I tried two short loops of shock cord and they didn't work. There wasn't enough "stretch" available with short loops. So, without having to redrill the pairs of holes, I just made one big cord and it worked great!
  9. N8AFT

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    FT-450 is a vy hard to beat rig for QRP es QRO CW!
    The autotuner is a great feature!
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