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Carlos CE2TCF mobile , intalations new antenna Tarheel - 100A HP from wihp extra long.
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Finally got the whole shebang the way I like it. I cover the radios with a towel to keep the sun off the displays when not in use. I plan to make some smoked Plexiglas slide-on covers for them so I don't have to use the towel and can enjoy them more. The only thing missing is the laptop for use with the SigbaLink and fldigi. And the CW key when I get better at that mode.

Radio under the dash is a Yaesu FT-2500M and it uses the 5/8 whip in the roof. The other radio is a Yaesu FT-857D that uses both the 2m/70cm whip on the roof (shorter one) and the HF on the front mast. That mast slides out of a receiver and is also connected to vehicle chassis via braid with its own plug for quickly taking the whole assembly off. Feedline to the HF antenna disconnects at the base of the mast.

The switch on the left attached to the 2500M bracket turns on/off power to the radios. They're directly connected to the battery and this lets me ensure they are off when not in use and so don't accidentally drain the battery. Of course, if I forget to turn them off and the switch is on...battery will be drained anyway.
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Found my next mobile antenna setup. Whaddayathink?
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73

Getting Veterans more involved:

I reached out to Tom Gallagher, NY2RF (CEO of ARRL) in regards to getting more Veterans involved in Amateur Radio. He is very supportive, and after a few conversations back-and-forth, he has tasked me with starting this project in North Florida.

He has said that the resources (i.e. - equipment, training materials, etc.) are available to assist in this idea, and that all we would need are volunteers (VE's) to teach classes. I am getting that certification turned in today. I would need some others that might be interested in being an elmer/instructor for a Veteran Ham class.

After getting the instructors in place, then I will be securing a meeting room at the VA (this is my plan at least to use both the Lake City and Gainesville main locations), and getting them involved in this process.

Ultimately, if this "test" region in North Florida does well, then this would be something that we'd like to see go National.

So, long story long, are there any of you that are VE certified or anyone that knows someone that is, that would be willing/able to teach Veterans about Ham Radio and get them certified? OR If you're interested in becoming a certified VE, then please reach out to me. My contact info is below.

73,

Joseph Rowe
WJ0WE
WJ0WE@Yahoo.com

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What is NVIS, and why do we need it?

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