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crypto wrote:I used a shrinkwrapped metal measuring tape for the mast so it was collapsible when I ran into stuff.
AlasBabylon wrote:crypto wrote:I used a shrinkwrapped metal measuring tape for the mast so it was collapsible when I ran into stuff.
That's brilliant! How long is your mast using that method?
AUGh... And I had a spare tape measure sitting in my workshop that I threw away because I... ummmm... tactically shortened the length of it.
(Confession: I was using a 10" chop saw and measured a 2x4. I was in a hurry, so I moved the tape measure closer to me, but left it extended rather than pulling it back into the tape measure housing. I then proceeded to cut the wood.. shortening my tape measure by about 18 inches. )
AlasBabylon wrote:I believe there will be a small trade-off in reception since my body would block part of the signal,
TacAir wrote:Wow, 50 USD for the mount, 25 USD for an adapter (about 8 USD here in AK, BTW)
MFJ makes this
http://www.universal-radio.com/catalog/ ... /3757.html
For a paltry 20 USD, BNC or SMA.
I've had one for years, works great.
Radio guy wrote:I have a TCI MAST, its well made and I would consider $49 a bargain for its intended military audience. The connectors are blacked out and have molded strain reliefs and in contrast MFJ doesn't get the nickname "Mighty Fine Junk" and other versions of that for nothing.
Some time before the TCI MAST hit the market I designed a similar unit for the MBITR radio but with a 1m long dangling counterpoise wire. It was range tested from 30 to 90MHz using the MBITR 1m blade antenna comparing a chest mounted MBITR radio with antenna on the radio to the antenna remotely mounted high on a backpack.
I don't have the range data handy but remember the remote mount with counterpoise was an improvement at all frequencies and substantially better at some freqs. I built a few prototypes and shipped them to a couple of commo guys in Iraq and A-stan and got very favorable reports back, then the TCI MAST showed up but without a counterpoise wire.
Unfortunately the military is full of back woods commo "experts" and many guys are stripping the braid off about 10ft of RG-58 coax and zig-zag weaving this through backpacks and vests thinking the extra amount of wire is going to magically make the radio work better.
Priest0817 wrote:I have ran pretty much every antenna on the planet at one time or another for my kit. I have spent more money on combo crap than any other kind of kit. I am not a huge fan of mast antennas nor the blade antennas both of the seem to hang on very thing. Blade antennas want to unfold at un opportune times and hit you in the face. I also don't like running my radio on my team radio on my back. most teams hop freaks, casevac freaks are or different freaks than you are on, you support is on another freq, change power settings to minimize signature or raise it to get further out act. So my radio stays on my front. My preferred antenna is a body antenna. I am not sure on the specifics of them or if you can buy them. mine was made buy a 18E buddy of mine. i just wrap it around my neck and tuck it in my shirt very small and non-obstructive. works great. but that is just my pinion
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