Operating Portable With The Icom 7300 and Hi-Q Mobile Antenna
I have tried a lot of antennas for my camper and this is the best! Operating portable can be extremely enjoyable. I took a trip to Iowa to visit friends and to operate portable from my camper. It was a nice little vacation and a good test for my solar kit installation and my portable Ham station.
The Icom 7300
The heart of my portable Ham shack is of course the ICOM 7300. What I like about the Icom 7300 for operating portable is it’s size. It’s a good fit for the small dinette table. It is also easy to operate using the LCD touchscreen. I can operate CW, RTTY, PSK31 and FT8 easily with this little transceiver. Also, it’s nice to have 100 watts out.
Icom 7300 power consumption: Tx: 21A (at 100W output power) Rx: 0.9A typical (Standby), 1.25A (Maximum audio)
Icom 7610 power consumption: 23 A (at 100 W output power) 3.0 A (Standby), 3.5 A (Maximum audio)
The Hi-Q-5/80 Mobile Antenna
Second part of the station is the Hi-Q-5/80 mobile antenna mounted on the rear. I debated where to put this antenna and had some other ideas for the location, but this seemed to be a good spot. Another Ham friend mentioned that he has a screwdriver antenna and a similar set up on his camper.
The mast is made out of two pieces of pipe conduit to form a 8 ft. mast mounted on the rear bumper. It’s attached with two U-bolts and a standoff or arm about 4 ft. up the lower mast. I can lower the antenna for traveling and easily raise it up when at camp.
One 1-1/4″X10′ EMT CONDUIT (cut in half)
One 1-1/2″ X 10′ EMT CONDUIT (cut in half)
Two U-BOLT 5/16″X1-3/4″X4”
Support Arm is made of slotted angle steel and a U-bolt.
20ft. of 4-flat wire for the Hi-Q control cable and power.
20ft. of LMR double shielded coax (spare coax lying around).
PTO Round Wire Shaft Locking Pin 1/4” x 2-1/4”
Please see my video below.
HP Stream Notebook for Logging
Finally, for logging, I am using a cheap HP stream notebook. It’s not the fastest, but I can log with it, control the radio and the battery will last all day. This time I was using N3FJP AClog, Fldigi and WSJT-X.
I took a long my Elecraft KX2 and sat out in front of the camper to operate CW. It’s a lot of fun and the KX2 is a good little transceiver. Operating QRP can be exciting and rewarding.
Solar Kit Installation Update for Operating Portable
I fixed a few things on my solar installation. Take a look at my article: Solar Kit Installation for Portable Operation
Operating Portable Video
I hope all is well where you are and you are safe.
If you have any questions, comments or solutions, please comment below. I prefer the comment section here or in YouTube because your comments and questions will help others as well.
Best 73! – Rich,K0PIR