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My RV Park Finished Installation

Discussion in 'RV Operating and Camping' started by K4MMB, Apr 27, 2018.

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  1. K4MMB

    K4MMB Ham Member QRZ Page

    Hello all,

    A few weeks ago I queried everyone for ideas. Where that thread is now I have no idea. However I’ll start this one if it’s acceptable.

    I finally found a excellent screwdriver antenna used, mounted it on 2” EMT from Lowe’s, attached to bars across the from of the RV. It’s mounted to a repurposed antenna bracket I found on EBay. Then I strung out the radials, 14 ga. marine grade twisted tinned wire on the RV roof.
    Affixed the wire with dabs of silicon sealant.

    No complaints at all from the RV Park folks and it is standing up well to our very windy and lightning prone location.

    And darned if it doesn’t work exceptionally well. Worked the Canary Islands on 20 before even tuning it up properly. I am very pleased and very grateful for everyone’s help here in the Forum.

    I have posted a couple of pictures of it on my QRZ page. Originally it was on KN4JEV but I’ve recently have changed that to K4MMB.

    Now if I can only find out what happened to my old log book.

    KI4YHX, K9ASE, KL7KN and 1 other person like this.
  2. N1SFT

    N1SFT XML Subscriber QRZ Page

    Paul, that’s very cool! I too am trying to get my RV shack up to speed. I’ve often wondered if the radials could simply be run over the rubber roof.

    I tried a hustler 4BTV mounted to the A-Frame, and I tied the radial taps directly to the trailer frame.

    I never got great results.

    But I always blamed the AC/DC converter charger. My radio hums like a mother when the trailer is hooked to shore power!

    I’ve got a Jayco, too... but I only get a seasonal site over winter. The rest of the year we haul it all summer long, campground to campground as weekend warriors.

    Did you tie the scorpion to the trailer frame?
  3. K4MMB

    K4MMB Ham Member QRZ Page

    Hi there,

    Well you can definitely run the radials over the roof.

    This worked perfectly. Also connected ground plane to the trailer frame as well but it probably isn’t doing anything much. The radials are the key. And of course those radial wires are doubled back in a way. The could be much improvement if they were stretched out straight.

    My power source is the house batteries, I added one. And a MFJ battery box. It’s loaded with capacitors and smooths out the voltage. I haven’t heard and noise from the inverter/charger at all becUse of direct battery hookup.

    Yes with the built in am/fmradios you will get lots of noise unless you move the auto type antenna up and away. As well as give it a true ground plane too. We were travelers for years with another trailer and I had to de- noise those antennas too.

    Thanks for checking this out. Let me know how you do. I am often asked what I did here.


  4. KL7KN

    KL7KN Ham Member QRZ Page

    Went to the site and looked at your setup. Very sanitary.

    Best of luck and thanks for the post. Perhaps a link to the photos would help others view the setup...

  5. N6QIC

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