[aprssig] It's that time again.

david vanhorn kc6ete at gmail.com
Wed Apr 5 14:21:44 CDT 2017


Never done.  Sounds like my expedition when I was doing skywarn.  Ham voice
rig, APRS rig, police radio (county issued!) lights... I got real good at
running wire in there.
I used to do car alarms, and unless the customer specifically wanted
something visible, you could not tell I had been there.
It was an area where the motto was "forget the siren, beware of owner".

I'm thinking a low roof wagon, but I probably will be looking at 2015 or
2016  I do a 30 mile RT to work, but the occasional 1000 mile road trip.

How's the roof for NMO or SO-239 mounts?  My expedition was apparently made
of reinforced tinfoil.  I ended up with a Ryobi weedeater blade and some
honking huge washers to mount the Diamond SG-7900.
That's the tallest mobile antenna they make.  When I asked what mount they
recommended, they said "We don't recommend this antenna for mobile use"....
I was tempted to ask what they did recommend that I do with it.

The mount worked out great, outlasted the car with no issues.   You might
find it on the wayback machine under "F-5 mount" and my callsign.

I might run FSJ1-50 this time though.

On Wed, Apr 5, 2017 at 1:10 PM, Shanon Herron <ka8spw at gmail.com> wrote:

> Hi David,
>
> After 5 Econolines in 35 years, I was FORCED to buy a Transit 150.  I now
> have NO regrets after almost 2 years of driving one.  I went through the
> entire process of learning the options, ordering, waiting and waiting and
> waiting for delivery, then the installs.
>
> I could go on for hours and probably write a book on my experiences.  I
> also have tons of pictures and the up-fitters nearly 400 page, 38 MB, pdf
> BEMM manual.  Dual AGM Batteries (what they use if you order dual) and 250
> amp alternator are must haves!  Oh, and they are under the drivers seat!
>
>  I have the following radios mounted with 5 antennas on the roof spaced
> exactly 25" apart and a High Sierra HS1800 Pro on the hitch.  I also
> installed a Fortin One, two way remote start/alarm system.  Radio heads are
> stacked on a Pana-Vise mount.  Crew seat was a bear to install!  Next is
> the CF-C2 Toughbook and mount.  Are we ever done?
>
> Icom IC-D5100  144 & 440 D-STAR,  Larsen NMO2/70B
> Icom ID-1  1.2GHz D-STAR, Diamond NMO for 1.2
> Kenwood TM-V71  Larsen NMO2/70B
> Kenwood TS-480HX  HF, HS1800PRO on port 1, Larsen NMO28 on port 2
> Turbo-Tuner between 480 and 1800PRO
> Kenwood TM-271A  144MHz APRS (KA8SPW-15), Larsen NMO2/70B
> Kantronics KPC-3P with auto timer to shut off after 10 minutes after
> shutdown of vehicle.
>
> It would be best if we talked and I could then send you some pictures
> directly to your email.  I attached one picture to peak your interest.
> This is the wall right behind the drivers seat   I will be at Dayton, over
> 40 years!
>
> 73, Shanon KA8SPW
> good at gmail or arrl
>
>
>
>
>
>
> On Wed, Apr 5, 2017 at 2:36 PM, david vanhorn <kc6ete at gmail.com> wrote:
>
>> The daily commute has run it's last mile. It's not pining for the
>> fijords, it has passed on. It's an ex-vehicle...
>>
>> So, thinking of a new ride and antennas..  Any thoughts on the Ford
>> Transit Wagons?
>> Anyone here have one, any ham related regrets?
>>
>> --
>> K1FZY (WA4TPW) SK  9/29/37-4/13/15
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>
> Thanks, Shanon KA8SPW
>



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