[OZAPRS] Was Byonics, Australian requirements

Ray Wells vk2tv at exemail.com.au
Tue Aug 7 11:09:20 EST 2007

Damien Gardner Jnr wrote:

>-----Original Message-----
>From: ozaprs-bounces at aprs.net.au [mailto:ozaprs-bounces at aprs.net.au] On
>Behalf Of David Hopkins
>>The big drawback on HF is as Ray pointed out, cost of transceiver, 
>>size of the radio and the antenna.
>>A car fitted with this gear is easy for thieves to spot and rob.
>>VHF equipment is less conspicuous.
>>So long as one sticks to the main highways one can use the GPRS
>>While this costs money its a lot cheaper than buying a HF transceiver.
>I'm curious.. How much bigger can a HF antenna possibly be, compared to
>a VHF antenna??  I know both of mine have always stood out like dogs
>balls, whether they were on the boot of my commodore, or (these days) on
>the bullbar on the hilux (http://offshore.pinegap.net/P5198782.jpg - nb:
>turn headlights off before driving through water) - not sure how I'd fit
>extra antennas there, maybe move some stuff to bonnet side-mount ;)
I once had a Landcruiser that looked like your Hilux!! Antennas 
everywhere - 2m, 6m, 70cm, HF, 27MHz CB, UHF CB and 80MHz Rescue Squad.

Depends on how much inefficiency you can tolerate. A 6' helically wound 
on 30m would probably be a reasonable compromise.

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