Truck Mobile Station Install and Destination Colorado

KØPIR is packing up and heading to Colorado. In Pierre the temperatures have been hitting 100+ degrees F., so it’s time to operate mobile and head to the mountains. I made some updates to my truck and I’ll have videos of the mobile installation coming soon. I completed my truck antenna installations (VHF/UHF and HF), added an auxiliary battery and did some bonding. There’s always more bonding to do, hi hi.

Scorpion Antenna

I think the Scorpion is the best HF mobile antenna there is. It’s a monster and feels like it was made to last a lifetime and more.

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Breedlove mount.

On this install I used a Breedlove mount. The truck bed pocket mount is as sturdy as they come. I don’t have any hesitation about this install and I’ll tell you why later in the upcoming video.

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VHF/UHF Antenna and Mount

I went all out and got a DIAMOND CR320A Tri-Band 2m/1.25m/70cm Mobile Antenna. It’s a little pricy, but should be worth it. I’ll use it on this trip and post my comments below.

CR320A Specifications:
Bands: 2m/1-1/4m/70cm
Gain dB: 2.15/3.8/5.5
Max Power Rating: 200/100/200
Length: 37.4″
Mount: UHF
Element Phasing: 2m/1/4l/1-1/4m/1/2l/70cm/2-5/8l

I chose an NMO mount and put it on the roof of the truck. This required taking down the trucks headliner, but that wasn’t as hard as I anticipated. It’s done and ready for mobile operation.

The VHF/UHF antenna mount is a Comet CK-3NMO Deluxe Cable Assembly 16′ with NMO for antenna and PL-259 for the radio.

You can buy these products on eBay or at your favorite ham radio shop. I got mine at Gigaparts on eBay.

I will have a video up soon, so please subscribe to my YouTube channel for updates.

I’ll talk about the Kenwood TS-480HX and AnyTone AT-D578UV III Pro Tri-Band Amateur DMR/Analog Mobile with Bluetooth,GPS in another post.

Destination Colorado

It has been very hot here in Pierre, SD so I am taking a trip to visit my oldest son in Longmont, Colorado. I’ll be there a few days and in a campground closeby the city.

You can look for me on the Breakfast Club Net, 3.973 MHz. I am net control Thursdays (6:00 AM CST) and Saturdays (5:00 AM CST). I operate from my Camper with an inverted V up high in a tree using the Best Dog Gone antenna launcher.

Thank you

Coming soon a video using the mobile antennas and I’ll talk about the Kenwood TS-480 HX and AnyTone AT-D578UV III Pro Tri-Band Amateur DMR/Analog Mobile with Bluetooth,GPS in another post. That’s a mouthful! If you have any questions, comments or solutions, please comment below. I prefer the comment section here or in YouTube over e-mail because your comments and questions will help others as well.

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73,
Rich, K0PIR

Sources:

Scorpion

Breedlove mount

AnyTone AT-D578UV

Renogy 20A DC to DC 12V Charger

DIAMOND CR320A Tri-Band 2m/1.25m/70cm Mobile Antenna.

Comet CK-3NMO Deluxe Cable Assembly 16′ with NMO for antenna and PL-259 for the radio.

JumboSpot DMR Hotspot

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K0PIR

I'm an Amateur Radio enthusiast. I love the hobby and experimenting with radios, antennas and software. On my YouTube channel I upload videos on the Icom 7300 and Icom 7610 along with Ham radio software programs. I hope to inspire people to try new things in Amateur Radio.

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