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Author Topic: Isotron mobile?  (Read 391 times)
N3IDG
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« on: January 27, 2009, 05:32:13 PM »

Has anyone tried using the Isotron antennas in a mobile application?      I only want to here from those that have, I don't care how efficient there aren't and that this or that install will be superior I don't care , I want to know about Isotrons only .       Thanks Pat
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« Reply #1 on: January 27, 2009, 06:55:42 PM »

Well, you won't get many answers.

There are a few folks who use what would commonly be called base station antennas, but they're usually beams. Once upon a time, you could even buy a gyro-controlled rotor control that kept the beam in the same heading regardless of the direction you were driving.

But an Isotron? I'd bet not, ever!

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« Reply #2 on: January 28, 2009, 06:19:57 AM »

I've seen them attached to RV's at various hamfests, but I doubt they're used while underway.  If you've ever seen one up close you'd see they're mechanically not suitable for mobile operation.  If it's a poor performing mobile antenna you're after, you can just use a hamstick which is cheaper and offers less wind resistance.

Mark K5LXP
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W3LK
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« Reply #3 on: January 28, 2009, 07:21:37 AM »

I can't imagine why you would want to. In motion, at highway speeds, it wouldn't last more than a few minutes before coming apart.

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Lon - W3LK
Naugatuck, Connecticut
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« Reply #4 on: January 29, 2009, 09:34:38 PM »

I'm trying to imagine the wind noise.

I suppose if you mounted it right behind the cab of a pickup so that it was sheltered from the direct wind blast but then it's not much in the clear.

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« Reply #5 on: January 30, 2009, 11:18:09 AM »

Actually, since efficiency isn't a factor you could mount it in the bed or camper shell of a truck, or trunk of a car and the wind load is no longer an issue.

Mark K5LXP
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N0FPE
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« Reply #6 on: January 31, 2009, 08:05:21 PM »

GAWD!!   Now that was funny!!!!

Dan
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« Reply #7 on: February 01, 2009, 04:47:42 AM »

I love the idea! Let me know how it works if you try it. I HATE the big multi-band HF mobile antennas. I use only Larsen bottom load coil type luggage rack mounted. About 4' tall. They are on fold-over mounts. Manual type.
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