thanks for the replies... I THOUGHT I had begun a few threads on this board but when I went to search myself...it said no. So glad I found it ... and now will subscribe.
I considered the Eagle One... not really looking for a screw
I mean you know the antenna types...
I was thinking of putting it on the back bumper but the yes, recalled the 260 degree doors... plus putting it on a ladder (included in one of the kits) on the door...going to have a worse issue because of the added depth of the ladder vs magnet to hold door open. Plus the loss due to it being next to the metal van.
So I have really begun to think I might put it on a ... fold over / ratchet mount .... on the back corner of the roof and tie it down at front gutter (does it have one?) for when not in use. Guess that would make it a whip eh?
I'm only looking to worked stations when settled into a place OR when I have a planned pull off to work someone from a particularly hard county for them to "work"... You know? I never went after worked all counties (whatever they call it now...I've been off the air almost 20 years myself)... but it sounds like fun to be the HAM they work in "all those counties"
Someone suggested running #10
gauge from the batteries ...using terminal strips to hook up the hf and auto tuner.... and good coax contains itself so no issue with the metal van attenuating nothing! It's a short run... even from rig to antenna.,, compared to a residence run.
I have both Kenwood TS520s (I know, my age is showing) and a Kenwood TS 850S with onboard tuner and an Astron rs 35a power supply. Someone offered to send me an additional tuner, an SCG 2- 30 MHz... if it works (solid state & relay tuned, no motors, fast).
As for VHF well.... I have 2 very old ones and not even sure I have the right charger for the Yaesu FT23r... lol it looks like Andrew soaked it. I have another VHF that turns on with a ERR message but clear it and put factory defaults back, it's good til you turn it off and on again lol. Its the Realistic <gasp> HTx 202... rather large compared to 2 mtr now. I was trying to access a local repeater...get this.. on 244! doh. I need to pay more attention once I begin doing this again.