Brad Bradfield, PE



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My HF mobile station consists of an Icom IC-706MkIIG HF/VHF/UHF transceiver, a Texas Bugcatcher from Henry Allen, K5BUG, at GLA Systems, and an LDG AT-11MP autotuner. One change from the installation shown in these pictures is the Bugcatcher mast. A four foot mast is shown in these pictures, but a two foot mast is currently in use. Because the fixed mast support is only about a foot above the mast base, this left three feet above the support, and the wind loading on the antenna caused it to slowly bend slightly. Hence the change to the two foot mast. A Kenwood TM-261A is used with a 5/8-wave whip for two-meter FM.

Following are some pictures of the mobile installation in my 1998 Dodge Ram 1500 pickup. Click on any of the thumbnails to see a full sized image.

truck1_t.jpg truck2_t.jpg truck3_t.jpg bugcatcher_t.jpg
mount_t.jpg leftside1_t.jpg leftside2_t.jpg leftside3_t.jpg
rightside1_t.jpg rightside2_t.jpg sdsmt_t.jpg grubby_t.jpg

K2BJ also has a web page with a lot of excellent information and pictures of HF mobile installations.

I'll post more pictures of my own mobile installation when I have it finished.

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Page updated 06/02/2002