The result of having way too much time on my hands but as of right now VA3QV/m is as good as I see it being….
VHF/UHF communications provided by my Yaesu FTM7250D which along with being dual band its also dual mode (FM/C4FM) with output power being up to 50w. If the repeater I am on at the time is part of the Wires X network I can also access that network as well
HF Communications (15m/17m/20m/40m/60m/80m) with my Yaesu FT450d along with a Wolf River coil. The FT 450 has a built in Auto Tuner which I plan to use to extend the bandwidth of the antenna system but so far it has not been needed
In addition I have a hotspot that I tether to my cell phone that interfaces the 7250 with the System Fusion system for Wires X style linking
But getting back to HF Mobile operating…
In anticipation of next year being better than this year is turning out I decided to outfit my truck with a good selection of communications gear so that if we are allowed to travel unrestricted next year communications “home” from wherever we were visiting would be possible
It did take a few remakes but the Wolf River 10-80m coil along with a 90 inch stainless steel whip is working better than expected. I am making contacts (on a daily basis) with stations across Ontario/Quebec and the Maritimes on 40m and 80m ssb. I have also make contacts into Canada’s western provinces using 20m and 40m ssb. In eastern Ontario the guys say that my mobile is almost as strong as my fixed station setup seeing that I have to use a stealth antenna here at home to keep the condo board guessing.
Left pic shows the mount that failed and the one that is stronger is on the right
Now if you decide to go this route for your mobile I do recommend going with a very strong mount on your vehicle. My first mount failed due to the flexing issue with the 102 inch whip (I later cut it down to 90 inches due to height restrictions) and a 16 inch coil driving around the streets of Kingston. Before then the coil was working fine and then the mount failed. After replacing the mount with one more robust it is working just fantastic. I still have some filtering to add to my ignition and charging systems as there is some alternator whine and ignition noise there but I’ve got time before 2021 to get that figured out
The next part of the package will now to get the trailer set up and then make it “Radio Active” in time for Field Day and the RAC Canada Day Contest. The next 2 weeks are going to be a busy time.
Well look back…. On March 14th 2020 Liz and myself drove to Oshawa, bought my 2nd Yaesu FT 450 from VE3FJC…. Looked at a new trailer , but did not sign on the line and had supper at the Belleville Casino….
A day later it all hit the fan…. Pandemic City and the worst two months in our lives…. Fortunately we kept our health and financial security (many lost both) but its changed life as we know it…. and two months later its not getting much better….
As things pertain to Ontario (VE3) the public parks are just starting to open up but right now its only for day use….. Don’t make any plans for Field Day yet…..
I am still planning to operate Field Day but most likely as a 1A station.
Yaseu FT 450, 43 foot vertical, 25 amp power supply and my Champion 1.5k Gas Generator.
Overnight won’t happen but will (should)operate for both days but will be operating under Day Use restrictions.
Now as plans were made to be broken… I will be fairly flexible if the parks suddenly open for general use
However as of today’s date the private campgrounds that cater to the permanent campers will be allowed to start their season… In addition many more businesses are going to able to open up but with some restrictions….
A biggie for me is that the Provincal Parks remaining day use only…. We were still strongly debating the new trailer but we also want to travel with it so…… Hard to travel if there are no Provincal Parks to travel to…. Not really wanting to make the payments with no where to go with it….
Radio wise it might be the year of the Contests or QSO Parties…. DXPeditions for the most part are not going to happen…. Just can’t see some remote area inviting a bunch of old people from a country or countries that have had serious issues with COVID19 to welcome us with open arms….. However I will be the first to admit that sitting in the shack in the evenings and having some chats have taken most (if not all) of the stress from my daily life till the next day when it builds up again…
Hoping you are staying safe and sane through our search for the “new normal”
Well after the help of a few local (Kingston) hams and the computer skills of my daughter Erika its working fine
The hotspot has found a place in VA3QV/m and I have it set up in such a way that I do not need a computer to control it …. However I am also not using it to its full potentinal.
But it is doing exactly what I wanted it to so…. it works for me… And heres how I am using it so far….
I use it to connect to the Canada Wide Room which is part of the VE3ORF/3730 linked Repeater system This lets me keep track with the “home town” when I am not within VHF/UHF RF range although most nites I can contact them on 80m SSB on the 3730 group.
Here in Kingston the local Fusion Group has just (in the process of)set up a hotspot on the the Fusion repeater here in town. This (once all is finished) will let me call into my new home town when I am on the road. Once again YES I could do this on HF but its nice to have some communications options.
Now if I was to add a tablet to the system I could use the hotspot to its full potential but for now I don’t want to introduce any more distactions to VA3QV/m and the video display would be doing that. All I need to do is fill in a few gaps in communications (for now). I am planning to get a 2nd hotspot to put in the trailer and that will have more computer control but for now its the KISS principal.
I’m still a newby at this but it is a great communications tool
PS…. as I write this according to the USPS tracking site my 10-80m Wolf River Coil is somewhere between Chicago and Kingston. It passed through Chicago and so far has not be scanned anywhere since. I am hoping it makes it to Toronto where it will clear customs and then on to me in Kingston