Hitch Mobile Tower Project

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  1. N4QAD

    N4QAD Ham Member QRZ Page

    I finally finished my summer project of building a mobile tower.
    This was a summer project to build a mobile antenna tower that could be easily moved from vehicle to vehicle. This tower requires only a 2" standard receiver. It is about 11' tall when mounted on my van, which has a low receiver. It is ~26' tall when deployed.

    Some suggestions that I have received:
    Put an 18" lead so I didn't have to tear apart the x-30 antenna.
    Bottom steel bracket needs painted before it starts rusting.
    Get that motor controller covered ASAP

    Other suggestions?

    Last edited: Sep 5, 2019
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  2. N4QAD

    N4QAD Ham Member QRZ Page

    I just looked at DX Engineering and they want $25 for 400Max little extension cable. Any place you guys can suggest that is a little cheaper?
  3. W6UNF

    W6UNF Ham Member QRZ Page

    Great job! I’ve been toying with the same idea.
  4. K1LKP

    K1LKP Platinum Subscriber Platinum Subscriber QRZ Page

    HI NICK,


    WATCH OUT FOR THE ZOMBIES.........hihihi........

    73 - K1LKP
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  5. K3RW

    K3RW Ham Member QRZ Page

    I want one!
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  6. KV6O

    KV6O Ham Member QRZ Page

    Nice work!
  7. K0UO

    K0UO Platinum Subscriber Platinum Subscriber QRZ Page

    I bet your wife loves that on her minivan LOL
  8. ND6M

    ND6M Ham Member QRZ Page

    Great idea and construction!

    You may want to paint the ground rod and guy stakes a fluorescent red/orange, especially when foot traffic is possible.

    Is there constant 12 VDC on your vans trailer light plug? A simple connector just using the power and ground pins would eliminate the battery pack or just provide a backup power source.

    consider replacing those "jesus" clips on the wheels with retaining pins on a lanyard

    Sooner or later, you will get stopped by the police, your license plate is hidden.
    Dunno if the work necessary to correct that is worth it or not YMMV:)
  9. W5LZ

    W5LZ Ham Member QRZ Page

    No matter how many revisions you made while building it, I'll bet you can think of a few more now, right?
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  10. N4QAD

    N4QAD Ham Member QRZ Page

    Great suggestions!
    7-prong plugs do have a keyed 12V connection for the trailer. Might make sense to make an adapter for that.

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