- Richard, KB5JBV, again recording mobile.
- Richard talks about minimizing his amateur radio station. It’s amazing how much radio stuff you accumulate over the years. He’ll keep his WinLink gateway going.
- He’s planning on installing a mobile HF station in his truck. Previously, he’s used a large magnet-mount antenna, Icom ID-800 D-Star capable radio, various Workman and Hustler mobile antennas, and a Kenwood TS-430 with automatic antenna tuner.
- Now, he’s looking for a mounting solution for inside the pickup truck. The lightest HF radio he has is a Yaesu FT-897D. Richard is also looking for an antenna mount for the truck, using the truck bed stake pockets, bumper, or trailer hitch. He did find a stake pocket mount with a wedge that holds the mount securely to the hole.
- Inside the cab, Richard will either use the factory mounting bracket and a “hump mount”, or mount the radio under the dash and move the VHF/UHF rig to a monopod mount.
- Richard is still trying to find a practical solution for VHF/UHF antennas at his homeowners association-restricted location. If you have any ideas, please let him know.
- Richard relates the story of his first 2-meter mobile antenna, crafted from a used CB antenna.
- If you have any radio adventures you’d like to share, send them along!
- For more discussion of mobile radio installation, listen to episodes 50 and 51 of Resonant Frequency: The Amateur Radio Podcast.
- Contact Richard at firstname.lastname@example.org