RV News RVBusiness 2021 Top 10 RVs of the Year, plus 56 additional debuts and must-see units → ×
Open Roads Radio forum for Ham, Amateur Radio and RV camping


Reply
 
Thread Tools Display Modes
 
Old 10-10-2011, 09:14 PM   #1
caymann
Junior Member
 
Join Date: Apr 2011
Location: Bedford, NH
Posts: 8
Default What antenna do you use for 2m/440m in RV?

Just curious, what do you use for 2m/440m in RV?
Where do you mount it?
thanks
jim
caymann is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 10-10-2011, 10:10 PM   #2
KE5ZRT
Super Swell Guy
 
KE5ZRT's Avatar
 
Join Date: Oct 2010
Location: Amarillo
Posts: 273
Send a message via Yahoo to KE5ZRT
Default

For now, the same dual band homebrew copper cactus j-pole I built my first week as a ham. I plan to upgrade to a GP-9 equivalent soon though.
__________________
Extra Class Amateur (Ham) Radio Operator, VE, SKYWARN Storm Spotter, ARES Volunteer, TSA Security Officer, Full-time RV dweller (Amarillo TX for now), webmaster www.PanhandleARES.org, Married to ke5zru!

KE5ZRT is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 10-11-2011, 10:25 AM   #3
wa8yxm
Senior Member
 
Join Date: Nov 2007
Location: Mobile, on the road
Posts: 1,139
Send a message via AIM to wa8yxm Send a message via Yahoo to wa8yxm Send a message via Skype™ to wa8yxm
Default

Depends on the radio:

Cockpit dual bander: Diamond NGP dual band antenna.

TS-2000 in "Radio Room" 2 meters: home jade twin-lead J-Pole (Design in QST more years ago than I care to admit) This is my most usable 2-meter antenna, it is a 3/4 wave length piece of common 300 ohm flat lead, a notch is cut at the 1/4 wavelength position in ONE lead, The center of the coax is fed to the other side, about 4-6 inches from the bottom, shield goes to the "Short" section directly across from the center, bottom is shorted. I have several of these, this one is then pulled up inside a 1/2 inch PVC pipe bolted to the rear cap.. Another the flat lead (and coax) are simply coiled for storage or depending on the antenna a nylon line is tossed over a tree an and hoisted or a pin in a curtain.

70 cm on the TS-2000 is a roof mount. 5/8 wave.
wa8yxm is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 10-11-2011, 10:48 AM   #4
W5DOK
Old Member
 
W5DOK's Avatar
 
Join Date: Oct 2010
Location: In Gods country
Posts: 253
Default

I use a Larsen thru glass mount, mounted to the top of the drivers side window. I had to modify the window from a dual pane to single pane for it to work, but it works great now. The modification to the window was simple. I smacked it with a hammer.
W5DOK is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 10-11-2011, 05:53 PM   #5
Radio
Administrator
 
Radio's Avatar
 
Join Date: Nov 2007
Location: Fayetteville, GA, USA
Posts: 3,017
Default

I have this mag mount stuck on the pin box. The coax runs along the bottom of the trailer body, down the front and into the battery vent. There is a slit in the battery vent tube, the coax runs through that and across the storage area to the back of the entertainment center. The dual-bander is inside mounted in the entertainment center. The antenna stays put all the time.

Works great. Had the antenna in the basement so total cost was nothing.
Attached Images
File Type: jpg 2009_0721RadioInstall0006.jpg (20.3 KB, 96 views)
File Type: jpg 2009_0826radio-junk0001.JPG (395.2 KB, 97 views)
__________________

KU4OJ "Wade" Ships Captain, CFO, Chief Engineer
KG4DQQ "Kathy" 1st Officer, Navigator, Best Friend
2007 F-150 SuperCab - 2009 Rockwood 8280SS
Lot's of mostly Kenwood stuff

Radio is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 10-12-2011, 01:31 AM   #6
KF7NJC
Junior Member
 
Join Date: Oct 2011
Posts: 11
Default

A dual band Diamond on the truck and a DIY dual band j-pole hoisted atop the fifth wheel when parked.
KF7NJC is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 10-12-2011, 08:09 PM   #7
Radio
Administrator
 
Radio's Avatar
 
Join Date: Nov 2007
Location: Fayetteville, GA, USA
Posts: 3,017
Default

BTW, KF7NJC is a newbie here.

So give him a hard time.
__________________

KU4OJ "Wade" Ships Captain, CFO, Chief Engineer
KG4DQQ "Kathy" 1st Officer, Navigator, Best Friend
2007 F-150 SuperCab - 2009 Rockwood 8280SS
Lot's of mostly Kenwood stuff

Radio is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 10-12-2011, 08:11 PM   #8
KF5BET
Senior Member
 
KF5BET's Avatar
 
Join Date: May 2009
Location: Lafayette, LA
Posts: 507
Default

Welcome aboard Jim. Spend some time around here...lot of good reading! Glad to have you here!
__________________
Galen - KF5BET
Crysti - "the CHIEF"
Abbi - KF5BEW dd
Kendra - KF5FYS dd
Maggie - Cat chaser
2005 F250, 1996 Nomad
KF5BET is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 10-12-2011, 09:41 PM   #9
TXiceman
Senior Member
 
TXiceman's Avatar
 
Join Date: Nov 2007
Location: Near Houston, TX
Posts: 553
Default

On the truck I use a Yaesu FT857D and the ATAS for 6m to 40m. For VHF and UHF I use a dual band Larsen, NMO mount on the right side, hood edge.

73
Ken
__________________
KE5DFR
2013 HitchHiker Champagne 38RLRSB, 2012 F350 Dually crew cab, 6.7L,
Mobile- Yaesu FT857D w/ Lil' Tarheel II antenna and Larsen dual bander, Turbo Tuner.
Base unit...Kenwood TS480HX, LDG AT200 Pro tuner, Eagle One Vertical and Windom 80 meter dipole.
Standard Schnauzer..her call is K9WOOF
TXiceman is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 10-22-2011, 10:34 AM   #10
KG5UN
Member
 
KG5UN's Avatar
 
Join Date: Sep 2011
Location: Abilene, TX
Posts: 40
Default

I use halo antennas for both bands, but only when stationary.
Oh, and I am SSB/CW only on those bands too.
KG5UN is offline   Reply With Quote
Reply

Thread Tools
Display Modes

Posting Rules
You may not post new threads
You may not post replies
You may not post attachments
You may not edit your posts

BB code is On
Smilies are On
[IMG] code is On
HTML code is Off
Forum Jump

Powered by vBadvanced CMPS v3.2.3

All times are GMT -5. The time now is 07:25 AM.


Powered by vBulletin® Version 3.8.9
Copyright ©2000 - 2021, vBulletin Solutions, Inc.
×