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Old 12-09-2013, 08:51 PM   #1
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Hello from KL7IEK - George. Working to complete a Ham Shack in our RV and get out on the road this spring. I'm still going this way and that on antennas, but with due trial and error this should be overcome. So far we're at two VHF/UHF handhelds, Kenwood TS530S, 10 and 12 meter mobile, too many computers and cell phones. Hope to hook up with other Hams on-the-road. Are there any RVing Nets out there, e.g. on 40M or 80M? 73 from KL7IEK.
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Old 12-09-2013, 09:28 PM   #2
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Welcome, George. I think you'll have a good time. There are RVing nets, but I dunno when or where. Others here will have pretty good info on them.

Again, welcome.
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Old 12-10-2013, 07:13 AM   #3
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Regarding too many cell phones and computers.....

A Mi-Fi Device will let you hook up several computers but you have to pay for your data, Just had a chat with my Darling Daughter who used to be a Verizon cuss-too-more (Spelled that way for a reason) she complained about ever esculating bills and reduced service,,, The problem here is if you want coverage, VERIZON is the company that is most likely to provide it. I'm with #2. (Works well for me but that is mostly dumb luck).

WHen I'm in a park with wi-fi I use a common "Home router" to hook it all up. and a WI-Fi "Modem" (Linksys wireless game adapter, a no longer produced product.)

A good all around choice might be a cradlepoint router.. These can often accept either a USB stick or a Modem for the "WAN" (internet) side of things and handle all your LAN devices. My next router may be one of these.

Though I truly like the WGA for park internet, With a bit of help from George Thomas (www.amateurlogic.tv episode 3) It has a very good range to it.
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And you'll like hanging out here on ORR.net.

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Old 12-10-2013, 08:44 AM   #5
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Thank you Wade. The rv shack project continues. I will keep folks posted on progress and if and when it is perdy, I will post some pictures. 73's George KL7IEK
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WA8YXM - I normally just tether my phone and hope for an open Wi-Fi. Cheers and 73's from GeorgeKL7IEK
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Things have changed since I set up my rolling shack but.. Back then I had a Wife who was not really a fan of Ham Radio.. So I needed a room I could close off for the radio.. Turns out this Motor home has one and a half of those.. The one comes with a shower, 2 lav's and a toilet.. The half, has only one lav and a toilet. And a Kenwood TS-2000..

Of course one factor was the location of the main fuse panel for the motor home... This smallest room in the RV is seperated by in interior wall from the main RV (Well 3 of 'em, the 4th wall is an exterior wall) on one side is the bedroom, the other side is the living/dining/main/great room and the other side of the wall opposite the exterior wall is a hallway.

ANd the fuse panel is on the hall side of that wall (With access from teh back, that is half-bath side)

So the best 12 volts (Well 13.6) in the motor home is .. Right there.

Nothing like having a TS-2000 with an 80amp power supply (Progressive Dynamics 9180 with optional wizard) and around 500 amp-hours of back up power. (What's surrounding the inverter)
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Hello from KL7IEK - George. Working to complete a Ham Shack in our RV and get out on the road this spring. I'm still going this way and that on antennas, but with due trial and error this should be overcome. So far we're at two VHF/UHF handhelds, Kenwood TS530S, 10 and 12 meter mobile, too many computers and cell phones. Hope to hook up with other Hams on-the-road. Are there any RVing Nets out there, e.g. on 40M or 80M? 73 from KL7IEK.
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Old 12-12-2013, 08:57 PM   #10
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Thanks for all the great comments. Completed the radio desk and shelf today and have them installed. Tomorrow I'm taking on mounting the 10-40 meter vertical. Also plan on wiring in an additional 20 amp plug. Nice that the power distrabution box is right back by the radio desk. Still waiting for coax.

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