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Author Topic: Antenna for my 1984 Ford F-150/camper?  (Read 343 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,
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.
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ONAIR
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« Reply #1 on: Yesterday at 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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WX7G
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« Reply #2 on: Yesterday at 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: Yesterday at 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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Jim K6JH
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