Mobile HF in a company truck. Help

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  1. KD6IWE

    KD6IWE Ham Member QRZ Page

    I have been inactive on amateur radio for years but am currently trying to get a HF mobile rig going. The biggest problem is the company I work for does not allow "permanent installation" of any electronic equipment. What they tell me is once I need a bolt or nut on anything that violates policy. So the question is should I try to run power As stealthily as possible from the battery, or I was thinking of buying a deep cycle battery to provide power and then using wire with alligator clips to supply a charge to keep the battery charged. Any thoughts?
    73's Drew KD6IWE
  2. K7OFG

    K7OFG Ham Member QRZ Page

    If you have the antenna issue solved and can't find a way to to run the power cable 'stealthily' then a Battery in a plastic battery box wedged somewhere so it can't tip over will work fine. I don't know what kind of vehicle you are using but most have cigarette lighter style power plugs that could work just fine to hook to in order to keep the battery charged. The main issue, as I see it, is keeping the battery from tipping over in a panic situation.
    Good luck.
  3. KD6IWE

    KD6IWE Ham Member QRZ Page

    Thanks Steve, yes the antenna issue is fine. This is alarge 18 wheeler. I think I have no problem mounting the battery. Just wondered about any in thought of problems. Only reason this is an issue is that another driver hooked up a CB and 500 watt linear by tapping into the power line for the ECU and cooked a $3000 engine computer.
  4. KO6WB

    KO6WB Premium Subscriber QRZ Page

    When using the power from the lighter socket make sure you also use an isolation diode. The peak voltage will maintain the battery charge and the diode prevents the battery inside the cab from discharging through the trucks electrical system. That's a precaution if anything should happen to either electrical system.

    Have fun and welcome back to HF
  5. KD6IWE

    KD6IWE Ham Member QRZ Page

    Thanks Gary excellent point.
  6. KB8VUM

    KB8VUM Premium Subscriber QRZ Page

    Could mount the battery box to piece of plywood that is square and whatever size would fit the passenger floor.
  7. K4ISR

    K4ISR Ham Member QRZ Page

  8. KD6IWE

    KD6IWE Ham Member QRZ Page

    The toolbox is a interesting idea, will have to check measurements. Thanks
  9. KG5AZX

    KG5AZX Ham Member QRZ Page

    Working for a diesel shop (no not a mechanic - I'm a truck tire specialist) If you talk to a mechanic hew can show you the auxilliary electrical port to hook to (almost all semi's have one or more) just make sure you use a properly sized fuse - for the protection of your rig and the truck.
  10. N1RND

    N1RND Ham Member QRZ Page

    I drive trucks and have a few ideas but need more info.
    What make of truck is it.
    Are you a local driver or long distance.
    If you are local, does someone else jump in it at night.
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