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Old 01-27-2008, 10:18 PM   #21
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I am running an Icom IC-7000 in the motorhome and an AH4 tuner located inside the body near the ladder on the rear of the motorhome. While on the road I'm using a 102" whip mounted to the ladder and while parked I use a 31' fiberglass mast and attach a wire to the top which gives me about a 32.5 foot length of wire from the tuner. The radio will tune from 80 mtrs to 6 mtrs on both antennas. I also have some other random length wire antennas which I attach to a quick disconnect and throw a wire into a tree or whatever. I use a glass mounted dual band antenna for 2 mtrs and 70 cm. which is not great but works OK.
In the towed I also use a IC-7000 with an AH4 tuner mounted in the left rear wheel well and feeding a 102" whip for hf which will tune 80 mtrs thru 6 mtrs and a mag mount Diamond dual band antenna for 2 mtrs and 70 cm.
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Old 01-28-2008, 05:13 AM   #22
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Leroy, how have you grounded the antenna? I think I have an almost identical set up and the ground out of the AH-4 is to the frame on the DP. I get bouts of RFI off and on, ocassionally triping the GFI, that I have not been able to track down. The radio, also a 7000, is grounded to the same ground as the inverter, but the length of the grounding strap is about 10 feet or so.

Next time out I'm going to take a four foor copper stake along and drive it into the ground as close as possible to the widow and run the radio's ground to it.
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Old 01-28-2008, 07:27 AM   #23
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You don't ground the antenna!
Using the AH-4 the tuner is grounded.
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Old 01-28-2008, 06:27 PM   #24
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The only grounding I have done is a very short piece of braid to a good ground. One of the things I had to do was separate the control cable and the coax to the AH4, there was some interaction causing the radio to shut down on some rf peaks. I also have the radio grounded as short as possible.
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Old 01-29-2008, 04:27 AM   #25
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Good point and I'm glad I asked. When my dealer ran the coax and controller cabled he bound them together with tie wraps- sure looks neat, but I guess that could be a real problem.

Also, I'm durious about where you ground the AH-4 Leroy (and forgive me Ken for using the word "antenna" instead of "tuner" in my earlier post). I've attached it to the frame. Next time out I'll try stringing another cable outside the RV and ground the tuner to a stake,or other appropriate ground.

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Old 01-29-2008, 05:41 PM   #26
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Richard, I have a power steering reservoir mounted near the AH4 with some heavy metal to the frame. I grounded the AH4 to a bolt on some of that metal work. The ground braid is only about 10" long. Maybe I just got lucky but it all worked for me and the tuner will tune 80 meters thru 6 meters.
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Old 01-29-2008, 08:07 PM   #27
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Neat idea. I'll have to take a peek around the engine compartment and see if I have anything like that.

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Old 01-31-2008, 03:44 PM   #28
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Old 02-12-2008, 10:36 AM   #29
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Running an Icom 706 (original), LDG Z-100 tuner, into a Comet UHV-6 mounted on the roof rack or I set up a Maldol HVU-8 on an 8 ft mast...that is what I use when I travel...when I am at my campsite in the Pocono Mountains, same rig and tuner, but hook up to a Cushcraft R5 and a 40/80 dipole by HyPower Ant Co... everything works great for me...I also have a Saratoga PSK unit to run psk, rtty and sstv
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Until I retire and move back to America, I only have a Hawaiian-style RV. That's a small Japanese pickup truck with a cooler full of beer in the back. Only the antennas and a cheap used dual-band rig stay in the truck permanently because of theft issues. Truck has two 80 amp/hour deep-cycle batteries, both for starting the engine and running the radios parked, fed to the radios through a RigRunner DC distribution panel. Rig is an IC-706IIG or IC-7000, feeding Iron Horse sticks mag-mounted on the truck roof or an Outbacker Outreach 500 mounted there or on a tripod. For digital modes, there's a Jotto Desk on the passenger side to hold a laptop and interface box. HF rig is placed between the seats, mounted on a plastic cutting board, with control head facing up. All HF operation is while parked within 30 feet of seawater. This is the standard M.O. here for many hams because of widespread restrictions on antennas at homes. The big blue ground plane allows worldwide QSOs from inadequate antennas and 50 to 100 watts. Internet access (for callsign lookups and DX spots) is from a ClearWire modem on the truck roof with a folded beach towel over it for protection from the sun. Funky way to operate, but it gets me on the air.
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Hey emu...post some pics of your porable outfit!

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ICOM 706MKllG and a High Sierra Platinum Pro Plus 1800 on the rear ladder.
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This is what I operated on field day...an Icom 706, bencher paddles, LDZ 100 tuner, an R5 Cushcraft for 10-15-20 and a 40/80 Dipole...simple and straight forward
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Old 07-07-2011, 11:45 PM   #34
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Kenwood TS480AT - ~28' high fiberglass mast attached to rear ladder - wire antenna.
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