…Field Day…

A couple months ago I *finally* installed my Yaesu FT-857D mobile radio in my 2009 Dodge Ram 1500. You can see some info on how I did that here: /wh7da-mobile/

Today, I setup the FT-857D in my Dodge Ram with a friend’s Yaesu FC-40 tuner and a random wire dipole. I made two contacts. One in Oregon and one in Illinois.

This has helped me rethink my strategy for getting a more permanent and easily deploy-able HF setup in the truck. I liked the ease of using the FC-40. I liked using a ladder-line fed dipole. I liked the hitch-mount telescoping mast.

We had a fun time. We didn’t do any formal contesting. We got together, setup our rigs, made some changes, and had some fun.

Here are some links to a few short videos I took:

Connecting the antenna: https://drive.google.com/file/d/0B7RMDG297cFoNlhUV0RoRVJBRXc/view?usp=sharing

The antenna setup: https://drive.google.com/file/d/0B7RMDG297cFoU0hhaEtaX3dkY0U/view?usp=sharing

Trying to break into a pileup to San Diego: https://drive.google.com/file/d/0B7RMDG297cFoZ09QcXhwSUtVYjg/view?usp=sharing

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2 comments so far

  1. Gary Stone on

    Looks like you had fun. I’ll have to get licensed, a radio, an ante… Well, anyway, maybe someday we can talk on those infernal contraptions. 🙂

    • Chief on

      I did. Had a lot of fun. I just edited the post to add links to a few videos I took. I’d have liked to get a video of me making contact, but I was too busy writing stuff down.


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