My mobile stations in 1967 and 2005

 

 
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WB2RCB/M (1967)

 

 

My first attempt at amateur radio mobile operation came back in the summer of 1967. Using a Heathkit HW-12A and a  HP-13 mobile power supply (both of which I assembled) along with a RM-75 Hustler mounted on a MO-2 54” fold-over mast, I was able to make many contacts on 75 meters while on the road. Sure wish I had that 67 Dodge Dart now! As you can see from the photos, it was a basic station but it worked quite well for me. After that car was sold, I discontinued mobile operation and would not get back into it again until 2005.  

 

 

 

WB2RCB/M (2005)

 

Over the years, I toyed with the idea of going mobile once again. Finally in 2005, I succumbed and was determined to have a nice modern station capable of operation on 80 meters thru 70cm. The resultant station gave me what I was looking for!  An Icom IC-706MKIIG fits beautifully into the cab of the 2002 Trailblazer and is easily removed for secure storage. The brick and antenna controller head were placed in the storage area that is behind the rear seats and under the floor in the vehicle. All power cables, coax and controller wires were routed underneath the vehicle and terminate inside the storage area.  An AM-COM ASAC screwdriver controller handles the tuning of the High Sierra HS-1500 antenna mounted on the rear of the Trailblazer. It utilizes a 2” receiver mount and a homebrew tilt over base made of stainless steel. A Maldol EX-107B VHF/UHF dual band antenna covers the 2 meter and 70cm bands and is mounted on a Comet RS-720 3 axis mount.