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Experince with Tarheel 100A-HP on RV

Discussion in 'Mobile Radio Systems' started by WQ6N, Sep 1, 2019.

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  1. WQ6N

    WQ6N Ham Member QRZ Page

    My usual camping trek consisted of either putting up a 40m OCF dipole via a 35ft pushup mast center with 3-4 sections of military surplus 4ft tent poles at each end or running a 53ft longwire in an L configuration with the same 35ft mast as the upper end-point. The best report, at that time, came from the longwire. I usually breakdown the antennas the day before I need to leave.

    On the last trip, I decided to give my screwdriver a go while packing up all the pushup mast and tent poles. The screwdriver mount is up on the passenger side rear quarter near the ladder. I tried to couple in the rear steel frame of the coach and roof access ladder. This time, I used a pre-made 33ft long counterpoise wire attached to the base mount inductor screw out to a 6ft fence which gave me one elevated counterpoise.

    The report from the end station was the best yet out of all the other antenna options. Do I really need to be hauling all this other stuff while I could simply use the screwdriver antenna with at least one elevated counterpoise? What if I increased the counterpoise by 2 or 3 wires? There is not a lot of space in these tight RV beach sites.

    Bottom Line is that the screwdriver setup would simplify and save me put-up and break-down time. I would miss the fellow campers spontaneous questions that are often entertaining. I did not have the length of time to evaluate human made noise (e.g. inverters, generators and converters...) with the screwdriver. I must admit that the OCF did have a better noise floor. All antenna variants had a 1:1 isolator in front of the transceiver.
  2. K0BG

    K0BG Ham Member QRZ Page

    The term "counterpoise" is incorrect. What you're describing is a "radial". And I'm not sure about the 1:1 transformer, or where exactly is it located? What's really need in this case, is a common mode choke. I might take the form of a current balun, but typically not.

    Screwdriver mounting, at the rear of any vehicle with vertical sides (RVs, vans, SUVc, etc.) is a lost cause. Depending on the class of RV, front mounting, although not ideal by any means, is usually the only option if any modicum of efficiency is desired.
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