Antenna plans for the trailer

Well this is right in the middle of the Canadian May 2-4 long weekend.  Its date changes slightly as we determine the actual holiday as the 3rd Monday of the month of May.  Its the unofficial beginning of the summer camping season.

You might be wondering where the May 2-4 weekend gots its name from….  Well as the third Monday in May is somewhere close to the 24th so its a good start but according to tradition….  It is the “unofficial ” start of the camping season and by strange coincidence there are also 24 bottles or cans or beer in a case which we just shorten to picking up a “2-4” when we go camping.

The actual name of the holiday is “Victoria Day” in honour of Her Majesty Queen Victoria.


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Official name Victoria Day
French: Fête de la Reine
Also called May Long Weekend, May Long, May Two-Four, May Run, Firecracker Day
Observed by Canadians
Type Historical, cultural, nationalist
Celebrations Fireworks, parades
Date Last Monday preceding May 25
2018 date May 21, 2018
2019 date May 20, 2019
2020 date May 18, 2020
2021 date May 24, 2021
Frequency annual
Related to Birthday of Queen Victoria

Victoria Day (FrenchFête de la Reine, [lit. “Celebration of the Queen”]) is a federal Canadian public holiday celebrated on the last Monday preceding May 25, in honour of Queen Victoria‘s birthday. As such, it is the Monday between the 18th to the 24th inclusive, and thus is always the penultimate Monday of May. The date is simultaneously that on which the current Canadian sovereign‘s official birthday is recognized.[1] It is sometimes informally considered the beginning of the summer season in Canada.

The holiday has been observed in Canada since at least 1845, originally falling on Victoria’s actual birthday (May 24, 1819). It continues to be celebrated in various fashions across the country; the holiday has always been a distinctly Canadian observance.[2][3] Victoria Day is a federal statutory holiday, as well as a holiday in six of Canada’s ten provinces and all three of its territories. In Quebec, before 2003, the Monday preceding 25 May of each year was unofficially the Fête de Dollard, a commemoration of Adam Dollard des Ormeauxinitiated in the 1920s to coincide with Victoria Day. In 2003, provincial legislation officially created National Patriots’ Day on the same

 


So I had big plans for this weekend and it involved the trailer and if ” Murphy ” had not gotten involved (Murphys Law states that if it can go wrong… it will) I would be loading up the trailer for a few day shakedown cruise instead of sitting at my desk nursing a very sore back….

But when life gives you lemons you make lemonade so I will be working on a couple of antennas that I plan to use with the camper this year…. No lifting needed as I will just be measuring and cutting wire to the correct lengths.

The first length will be 41 feet long and it will be my 6-80m vertical being supported by my S9 43 foot vertical mast

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The second length will be 84 feet long and will be deployed in the inverted “L” configuration and also will be supported by the S9 Mast

Although we no longer own the RV shown in the above picture the same masting will be deployed using my pickup truck. (See below pic) using a trailer hitch style mount

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Both the wires will be fed using my SGC 237 auto tuner which will be mounted at the base of the mast  They say this tuner can tune wet string and so far I have seen nothing to argue with that claim.  I plan to use the truck body, the trailer body along with a few wire counterpoises to act as a groundplane should (might) get my 100w signal heard.

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So actually I will be operating with a better antenna system from the trailer than I do from home here in Kingston.  Hopefully all this will come together before the first trip of the season which will be at the end of May ( 2 weeks from now)

So for now its time to trim wire and rest up a tired and sore back

73bob

Solar and Generator for the new season

Well seeing that the camper is in storage till the snow melts…  Its time to look on line and find some new toys for the old camper that will easily be relocated to the new camper after we return from the anticipated Newfoundland Tour in the summer of 2019.

The plan was (and actually still is) to get enough solar power to run the rig for extended periods of time while dry camping (boondocking).  The timetable would be that about every 7-10 days we would have to visit a campground for an overniter (groceries, dump and refill tanks as needed and a real shower) and then back to the boonies.

In addition to the solar setup I wanted to buy a larger generator.  The little 1.5kw Champion we have now is fantastic…. Easy on fuel and really quiet ….  BUT (you knew there had to be a but…) it does not have enough ooomph for all our power requirements.  A few more amps should we have the need to run the AC or a backup heater depending on the weather would be nice along with charging the house batteries should the need arise (cloudy week?)

After a little bit or internet searching (google and amazon can be your friend) I came up with the following:

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WARNING–> THIS IS NOT AN ENDORSEMENT OF THE PRODUCTS.  AFTER CHECKING PRICES AND FEATURES IT SEEMS LIKE IT WOULD WORK FOR ME.  DON’T TAKE MY WORD FOR IT. DO YOUR OWN HOMEWORK AND BUY WHAT YOU THINK WOULD WORK FOR YOU.  

I AM NOT RECEIVING ANY COMPENSATION FOR MY MENTIONING OF THE FOLLOWING PRODUCTS NOR AM I ASKING FOR ANY COMPENSATION.

PRICE AND FEATURES ARE MY ONLY FACTORS IN SELECTING THE PRODUCTS AND LIKE I SAID…. I THINK IT WILL WORK FOR ME…. NOT FOR YOU…. FOR ME

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For the generator I have chosen the Champion 4000w/3500 running w Generator/inverter.  

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Its a name I trust and the prices seem comparable with other lines.  Its a little noisier than the same size inverters that are enclosed in plastic but according to its stats its the same DB as my current champion and as I mentioned earlier in this post ….  its pretty quiet.

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It also will be easy to chain up in the back of the truck as its the same style as my current Champion

Next time we talk power it will be Solar Power

Safe Travels

Bob