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Old 02-02-2014, 12:13 AM   #1
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I just stumbled on this forum and it looks like a fun group. I have read the threads on antennas and this is a topic that I am interested in. I have a screwdriver antenna and I am just trying to figure out how to make it work in my Motor Home. Safe traveling to all.

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Old 02-02-2014, 08:03 AM   #2
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Old 02-02-2014, 08:48 AM   #3
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Welcome aboard Ron!
I have never tried a screwdriver unless it had orange juice and vodka in it.
I use a G5RVjr at our camp in NH. But I'm sure there is someone in this group who can help you. Where ever you mount it, you'll need a good ground to the chassis.
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Old 02-02-2014, 04:16 PM   #4
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Motorhome vs Antenna.

We get that a lot.

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Old 02-02-2014, 05:10 PM   #5
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I have a mount on my camper for a screw drive antenna I have my controller in the truck it has a molex plug that I remove and connect it to the screw driver while it's on the camper. The screw drive works pretty good but not as well as the other antennas I use however it is quick and covers 10-80 if your only going to be some where for a short time.
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Old 02-06-2014, 12:38 PM   #6
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Welcome Ron.

I have a Tar Heels II that I use ground mounted. I just haven't developed the screwdriver mechanism to mount to the ladder of the MH to raise / lower the screwdriver antenna.

I also haven't bought a small multi-band radio to keep the MH. One day I'll get it all together.
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Old 02-06-2014, 09:44 PM   #7
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Looks like you are a good prospect for a Yaesu 857D. For your MH take a look at an Eagle One. See Steve has a home base in Proctorville, OH. Unfortunately he is now paralyzed from the waist down after a back operation. Great guy. I see he has a new MH. He tried to sell his old one and quit traveling but couldn't find a buyer so he remodeled his old one. Now he has stepped up a level. Anyway he has a mount for his antenna to attach to the ladder on a MH.
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Old 03-15-2014, 09:37 AM   #9
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I have both the High Serria screw driver antenna's as well as an Perth outbacker
which I have used on my over the road truck an Class C motor home over the
years. Now that I have been retired for a few years I mounted the outbacker
on my F350 dually tool box and had a stand for the screwdriver to put out
behing the motorhome. Now that we have traded the Class C in an bought a
5th wheel I intend to do the same or run a coax to my tuck while camping.
I believe in lots of grounds, I have ground straps from my truck cab (both
sides) and the be of the truck(both sides and back) to frame. I carry a ground
road (4ft) as well an when I was in the Class C I also used it when camping.
I didn't get to play radio much last year in the 5th wheel but when I did I
had more noise that I ever had in the Class C. I believe this may be from the
inverter not only from my rig but others, I have put in some filter's and choke's
to see if I still noise.

I see ref. to the antenna made by W8AFX at but se
nothing about how tall, how it works I only see a few pictures, one of two
peaces of black PVC connected to a ladder and one of a car with a very
tall antenna on it. So my questions are which picture is the antenna, or what
is the antenna, how's it work, what's it made of
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Old 03-15-2014, 09:58 PM   #10
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Hello all!

Getting ready to go full time RVing with our travel trailer.

Just ordered an ICOM IC-7200 , will arrive next week.

Any suggestions on a simple (and cheap!) vertical antenna and method to mount to either truck or trailer.

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