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Author Topic: Antenna for my 1984 Ford F-150/camper?  (Read 8707 times)
WY0WDR
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« on: May 23, 2016, 07:03:14 PM »

I have an 857D on the way, and I'll need an antenna to run it on the truck. Here's the rub- I have a smaller slide in camper on it that overhangs the cab maybe 14" and is about 18" taller as well.
I need a "go down the road" antenna that will attach to the truck: I'll set up an inverted V or a longwire when I'm parked.
So my questions are:
What band(s) would be best to work (for a technician license holder) while driving,
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What sort of antenna can I put on the truck for these bands?

Here's a pic of the truck- https://www.flickr.com/photos/wyowanderer/16117591336/in/dateposted-public/

Thanks folks.
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ONAIR
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« Reply #1 on: May 24, 2016, 02:34:55 AM »

I have an 857D on the way, and I'll need an antenna to run it on the truck. Here's the rub- I have a smaller slide in camper on it that overhangs the cab maybe 14" and is about 18" taller as well.
I need a "go down the road" antenna that will attach to the truck: I'll set up an inverted V or a longwire when I'm parked.
So my questions are:
What band(s) would be best to work (for a technician license holder) while driving,
and
What sort of antenna can I put on the truck for these bands?

Here's a pic of the truck- https://www.flickr.com/photos/wyowanderer/16117591336/in/dateposted-public/

Thanks folks.
   You got bumpers?  Roll Eyes  How about a nice 9 foot whip cut down for 10 meters on a bumper mount?  Hamsticks could work as well!  I recommend a Larson for 2m/440 work.
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KH6AQ
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« Reply #2 on: May 24, 2016, 06:25:44 AM »

The CB antenna you have mounted on front left fender should work well enough on 10 meters. It can be trimmed for a lower SWR.
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K6JH
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« Reply #3 on: May 24, 2016, 05:05:17 PM »

The CB antenna you have mounted on front left fender should work well enough on 10 meters. It can be trimmed for a lower SWR.


Looks more like a dual band 2m/440 antenna to me, which is useful with an 857d. Maybe add a 10m antenna on the other side? Or a small screwdriver if you want multi-hf-bands while mobile (not as useful for a technician)?
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« Reply #4 on: May 25, 2016, 11:09:57 AM »

The ATAS-120 mobile antenna might be good for your situation. I had one and it worked well enough on 40-10 meters and the FT-857D autotuning feature was nice. If price is a concern I recommend the MFJ HamTenna mobile antennas at $15 per band.
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« Reply #5 on: May 25, 2016, 12:14:04 PM »

Watch out for the dead skunks in the middle of the road    Tongue Cheesy

https://www.flickr.com/photos/wyowanderer/7324730138/in/dateposted-public/
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« Reply #6 on: May 25, 2016, 06:40:27 PM »

Watch out for the dead skunks in the middle of the road    Tongue Cheesy

https://www.flickr.com/photos/wyowanderer/7324730138/in/dateposted-public/

Heh. will do- rolling up the windows and plugging my nose.
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« Reply #7 on: May 25, 2016, 06:43:38 PM »

I was considering a Tarheel or Scorpion, in fact. The only question is where to mount it- I was thinking about putting one on a front receiver hitch with a Breedlove mount. Any other suggestions?
I like the HamTenna idea as well- any suggestions where to mount it?

The ATAS-120 mobile antenna might be good for your situation. I had one and it worked well enough on 40-10 meters and the FT-857D autotuning feature was nice. If price is a concern I recommend the MFJ HamTenna mobile antennas at $15 per band.
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« Reply #8 on: May 25, 2016, 09:44:00 PM »

I was considering a Tarheel or Scorpion, in fact. The only question is where to mount it- I was thinking about putting one on a front receiver hitch with a Breedlove mount. Any other suggestions?
I like the HamTenna idea as well- any suggestions where to mount it?

The ATAS-120 mobile antenna might be good for your situation. I had one and it worked well enough on 40-10 meters and the FT-857D autotuning feature was nice. If price is a concern I recommend the MFJ HamTenna mobile antennas at $15 per band.
  I have used the HamTennas on bumper or mag mounts with good results!   Smiley
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« Reply #9 on: May 26, 2016, 06:48:25 AM »

With all due respect, you are a newly licensed TECH, and I have a feeling that most of your operating interests will be on 10 meters, and it appears that tarheel or scorpion antennas are very costly options for what will certainly be only 10m operation..trying a whip on your front bumper as suggested, appears to be a very cost effective antenna to get your feet wet on 10m, a band that is certainly not open all the time...my $.02
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« Reply #10 on: May 27, 2016, 02:05:09 PM »

With all due respect, you are a newly licensed TECH, and I have a feeling that most of your operating interests will be on 10 meters, and it appears that tarheel or scorpion antennas are very costly options for what will certainly be only 10m operation..trying a whip on your front bumper as suggested, appears to be a very cost effective antenna to get your feet wet on 10m, a band that is certainly not open all the time...my $.02

I suspect he is thinking about more than 10m because 10 is dead most of the time.
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« Reply #11 on: May 27, 2016, 03:15:32 PM »

With all due respect, you are a newly licensed TECH, and I have a feeling that most of your operating interests will be on 10 meters, and it appears that tarheel or scorpion antennas are very costly options for what will certainly be only 10m operation..trying a whip on your front bumper as suggested, appears to be a very cost effective antenna to get your feet wet on 10m, a band that is certainly not open all the time...my $.02

I suspect he is thinking about more than 10m because 10 is dead most of the time.

Well if he is thinking about bands other than 10M mobile, I'm not sure where a TECH would transmit, other than 10M...Of course he can advance, but I can't see putting those kind of bucks out, on an unsure amateur radio future...
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« Reply #12 on: May 27, 2016, 03:50:59 PM »

Looks more like a dual band 2m/440 antenna to me, which is useful with an 857d. Maybe add a 10m antenna on the other side? Or a small screwdriver if you want multi-hf-bands while mobile (not as useful for a technician)?
It's a Pulse/Larsen NMO- [27/30/34] B-TLM, missing the ball at the tip. I sold and installed hundreds in the 1980s.

Well if he is thinking about bands other than 10M mobile, I'm not sure where a TECH would transmit, other than 10M...Of course he can advance, but I can't see putting those kind of bucks out, on an unsure amateur radio future...
Techs have HF privileges on 80, 40 and 15m as well (Morse only). Mobile CW is a blast!

Realistically, on the road, something with a SS whip will be the best choice. Anything else tends to be destroyed when it strikes stuff on the road.

Bryan WA7PRC
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« Reply #13 on: May 27, 2016, 04:58:31 PM »

Looks more like a dual band 2m/440 antenna to me, which is useful with an 857d. Maybe add a 10m antenna on the other side? Or a small screwdriver if you want multi-hf-bands while mobile (not as useful for a technician)?
It's a Pulse/Larsen NMO- [27/30/34] B-TLM, missing the ball at the tip. I sold and installed hundreds in the 1980s.

Well if he is thinking about bands other than 10M mobile, I'm not sure where a TECH would transmit, other than 10M...Of course he can advance, but I can't see putting those kind of bucks out, on an unsure amateur radio future...
Techs have HF privileges on 80, 40 and 15m as well (Morse only). Mobile CW is a blast!

Realistically, on the road, something with a SS whip will be the best choice. Anything else tends to be destroyed when it strikes stuff on the road.

Bryan WA7PRC

What in the name of all common sense would a TECH know about code Huh
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« Reply #14 on: May 27, 2016, 05:04:00 PM »

With all due respect, you are a newly licensed TECH, and I have a feeling that most of your operating interests will be on 10 meters, and it appears that tarheel or scorpion antennas are very costly options for what will certainly be only 10m operation..trying a whip on your front bumper as suggested, appears to be a very cost effective antenna to get your feet wet on 10m, a band that is certainly not open all the time...my $.02

I suspect he is thinking about more than 10m because 10 is dead most of the time.
Well he'll get 3 months of use being as the Sporadic E season is on
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