Even though the HF bands would have to improve about 99% to be considered bad… I had a chance to pick up (locally) some gear that I had been looking at on line and at a cheaper price (as it was used) so for me it was a win-win situation.
Here is the most important part of my new mobile antenna:
Its a Wolf River Silver Bullet Mini. Its a 10-40m coil that works quite nicely with a standard 102 inch stainless steel whip. For way more info please visit the Wolf River Website and check out all their info.
Basically you slide the collar up and down the coil for maximum noise for the frequency you wish to operate on and (in my case) hit the auto tune button on the FT 450 and we will be good to go. If you are a purist then slightly adjust the collar after that for the lowest SWR. I have heard lots of good things from people who have used this line of equipment and if I get 1/2 the results of what I have heard then I will be a very happy person. The timeline is to get the 10-40m version mounted on my pickup along with the FT450 installed and then try things out. If it performs as I have heard it should I will buy the Silver Bullet 1000 (10-80) and keep the mini as a backup.
I really just want multi band coverage (and really don’t want to be swapping out hamsticks) when travelling around the Country when Liz tells me its time to replace the trailer we recently sold. I figure on 40m and 80m will be the two money bands but if we make the anticipated trip out to VE7Land then suddenly 15 and 20 become a lot more important.
I got all the pieces (mount, coil, whip and coax) now all I got to do is put them all together on the truck and then install the radio.
I’m looking foreward to the challenge.