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Friday, 23 November 2018 11:17

My Mobile Shack and Four Metre DATV

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In an earlier blog my silver Ford van can be seen in a drone picture; so here's a little more detail about it.

Named Kath after my late mum the van is my mobile shack; I drive a car for trips out so the van is pretty much dedicated to amateur radio and TV. For security reasons I load the kit just before driving to the location. You'll see from the picture of the interior that some storage has been built in by one of my sons. Noticeable also is the outing was a rush job and therefore very untidy. On this particular occasion we were just granted an NOV for DATV in the four metre band so all was prepared in a hurry.

For power I use a 110 Amp leisure battery and a Honda 1000Watt generator; the battery is isolated from the vehicle electrics. During cold weather the generator can power a 600Watt heater. On the van roof bars I have added some clamps for mast support on windy days. The clamps secure a crossbar which overhangs either the offside front or nearside rear of the van. You might imagine using a van allows plenty of space for both carrying kit and operating, I found whatever size vehicle you use you'll always fill it.

Here are a few pictures.

Kath on Dunstable Downs

 

Hasty 4m setup September 2018

 

Rack and shelving in the workshop

 

 

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