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Posted by K4HM - Hank Montgomery
7-27-2018 04:03 EST
Hello Steve and David,
I have used an Eagle One push-up vertical antenna for most of the years I have been RVing. It is mounted to the ladder on the back of my motor home and when collapsed it it is barely above the roof, not as high as the A/C units on top of the coach. When extended it is about 31 ft. tall whic puts the top of the antenna nearly 40ft in the air. This is basically a 1/4 wave 40m vertical antenna but with a remote auto tuner located at the base of the antenna it can be tuned to other bands also.
The radio is up front in the cab on the left side of the drivers seat, with the remote head on the dashboard between the seats where either I or my XYL Selene, KG4RMT, can reach it. The radio is an ICOM 706MK2g which allows me to work any bands from 160m through UHF with the exception of 220 MHz and 60m which was not authorized at the time this radio was manufactured.
I also have a Tarheel Screwdriver antenna mounted to the hitch on the back of the coach. That antenna will tune any band from 160m - 15m and the very bottom of 10m band. It will also work 10m SSB with about a 1.4:1 SWR.
This setup takes minimal space, requires no setup at all to use the screwdriver and only about 10 minutes to raise the Eagle One if I decide to use it.
K4HM - Hank
Posted by KE0NA - David Ventura
7-22-2018 01:26 EST
Great minds think alike!
I retired last year, we purchased an RV (Forest River Rockwood A122S). Space is very limited in a hard sided fold-up trailer, so I am installing my Yaesu FT 857 with remote head kit. I am using the Yaesu ATAS 120A screwdriver antenna which (continued on the Members Only page.)