Discussion in 'On the Road' started by WB2INY, May 24, 2021.
An y recommendations on a good mobile HF rig for a Subaru Forester?
Speaking personally, I would insist on a removable control head - which rather limits the options. If you really want just HF, then I would probably suggest the Kenwood TS-480SAT. The ICOM IC-7100 is also a decent radio and gives you VHF/UHF in the same package at a similar price, but it is looking a bit long in the tooth these days. The 7100 does not have a built-in ATU which can be a bit limiting in a mobile context where antennae will be narrow band and their tuning influenced by surroundings.
I've always wanted an 857d paired with the atas120. But since the 857's are bringing more than their weight in gold for some reason, I'm going with the 891. All the icoms with colored screens I like are discontinued, plus they are bringing more than what they cost new as well.
I had an ATAS120 hooked to a Yaesu FT-100D. I was super unimpressed with that antenna; don't waste your time. A "real" screwdriver antenna like a Tar Heal or High Sierra would be way better.
Nice profile picture!! Is that you're car? I'm blessed to live near Cooter's in Luray, VA so I get to quite a few of his gatherings.
My experience is the biggest factor for the radio is how easy it is to use. You don't want to be fiddling with an arcane menu system while going down the road (*cough*Yeasu*cough*). Other than that all you really care about is that it works. Far more important is your antenna and installation. When your radiation efficiency is only 3% each 1% improvement matters. For me ICOM's radios were easier to use mobile on HF. Whichever way you go spend some time practicing in the driveway first.
Also if planning both V/UHF and HF look at how easy it is to switch modes with the radio. Some radios maintain all of the mode settings for each band. Others don't and require digging into the menu each time.
Lastly think about which bands you want to use. If you are staying with the higher frequencies you may be happy with a cheapo hamstick. Moving down the frequencies the advantages of a good screwdriver become more apparent.
Ts480hx. I have had several popular hf mobile radios. The 480hx beats them hands down.
Good question and do something like a mobile install it's wise to get Technical information from others/ the above information for the most part is right on target.
Icom or TS480 which are easier to use and the BEST
screwdriver antenna you can find (not the Atas 120).
Otherwise you'll be totally frustrated.
Don't worry about an antenna tuner/ buy a GOOD screwdriver antenna first.
(not the Atas 120)
Then do a good job on the install/ including proper grounding.
READ all of this (two times) https://www.k0bg.com/
Many of us (over the last 50+ years) have made countless mistakes on mobile installs/ don't be like us!
Fortunately there's plenty of products available now that will help you have success. Do it right the 1st time, you'll end up spinning less money and actually enjoying and using your mobile HF install.
You'll be happy and "we'll" have a great QSO with you shortly when you get on the air.
The K0UO " Rhombic Antenna Farm" 2 miles of wire in the Air & On the AIR daily
I like it and I am completely satisfied with my old Icom IC-706mk2g
I've been running HF mobile since 1993. I've tried most of them, TS-50, IC-706, FT-857. By a wide margin I prefer the TS-480HX. Excellent design, and simple to use ergonomics, instead of menus that a difficult while mobile.
I LOVE my Kenwood TS-480HX and TARHEEL II
this is the 200 watt version, no tuner needed because the TARHEEL II dips SWR from 3.5-54mhz.
I have never seen such a mount before. Thank you for showing the photo!