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Old 03-13-2014, 04:12 PM   #1
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Howdy all from Washington state

Was directed over here from another RV form, the xyl and
I changed over from a Class C to a 5th wheel last summer
and enjoy camping along with amateur radio. Did set up
my 706MkIIG and AT-200pro LDG tuner with a outbacker
from the motor home but not much last summer from the
5th wheel since we didn't camp as much as the year
before. Look forward to getting on the air this year since
we will be camping allot more. Our first outing will be to
Sea Side Oregon for the hamfest in early June.
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Old 03-14-2014, 08:46 AM   #2
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Welcome aboard!

Nice bunch of folks on here, jump right in and join the ruckus!
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Old 03-16-2014, 09:25 PM   #3
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Chuck,

Have you ever had any problems with interference to other campers?

Just starting full time RVing in May, and adding a new HF rig to the travel trailer,

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Old 03-18-2014, 06:35 PM   #4
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You bet I have, still have even with filters and Toroid s around my wire
inside the 5th wheel, have ground rods I put in as well to my righ and
to the trailer. Problem is the inverters in some of the TT and
5th wheels and motor homes, you would go broke buying toroid s, new
inverters for everyone in the camp ground, Ugh. The other thing is
vertical antenna's have noise, lets face it noise is vertically polarized
and than another problem, so between inverters, and a vertical antenna
if you use one you have two strikes against you right off the bat, Ugh....

Like allot of people I use a vertical antenna's, either my Perth outbacker
off the TV or a High Sierra on a stand away from the 5th wheel. I work
allot of 20 and 40 meters digital so the noise base has not hurt me as
someone on voice....I'm not saying it dozen't hurt me, heck yes in
some case's but I seem to work thought it with my sound card modem
or hardware SCS PCI IIex. Every so often I wonder down on the other
end of the band and work a little CW which I can filter out much of the
noise but again not all........

So like you I wonder what some of the members of this site use to curve
the noise

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The inverter noise issue in my camper was pretty bad on some bands so when I am working HF I turn off the inverter and go with just the batteries. I added a circuit to the breaker box just for the inverter so it can be turn off independently. It's a modern charger so it does not take long to recharge the batteries. I guess you have tried a low pass filter to keep you from annoying your neighbors.
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Old 03-20-2014, 11:42 PM   #6
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yes sir, I have an old Drake low pass filter i have used for years,
I try to be a good operator and neighbor and have never had a
complaint.
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Old 03-21-2014, 03:22 PM   #7
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So like you I wonder what some of the members of this site use to curve the noise

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For power I use a big ol' Astron 35M. Heavy, bulky but I got it for free. Lives under the bed in the camper. Sometimes I'll use a marine deep cycle. I don't think I've ever had much inverter noise from my own rig, but if I did I'd just turn the thing off for the time I'm on the radio.

Now remember I'm a big state park camper, so I have shore power. But I did use the marine battery a time or two when there was no park power.
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Thanks for the info, I will try some different things and post any results.
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Old 11-06-2014, 09:51 PM   #9
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Hello all again, after a real nice summer camping in a number
of states all over the western state's and playing radio it has
been real fun this summer.

I did take Wade's hint and started to use a 35amp astron this
summer, I installed a feed though for my antenna hook-up in
the one of the side compartment doors. Thus I used the
High Sierra screwdriver antenna on my truck this past summer
and worked allot of my friends on 20 and 40 meters.

I did install a ground lug from the frame up to were I setup
my radio, I then drove a 4ft ground rod close to the trailer
just for my peace of mind. I made sure I was not close
to the camp ground stuff like water, electric or sewer..
One of my camping neighbors ask me why I put the ground
rod in, I said that you never know when lighting was going
to strike, he walked away shaking his head

All and all this has been a freat summer of camping and
travel, looking forward to next year....
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So far I have never had any complaints often I set up a half wave rotatable dipole on 24' of fiberglass poles on any thing from 10 to 17 meters. I never run any thing over 100 watts. I have used dog anchors for grounding (the screw in things) who knows maybe they work kind of hard to prove. I picked up a High Sheara screw driver at a ham fest and rebuilt that, it's going on the rear mount of the camper.
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