Originally Posted by dylanear
I just went hiking/tent camping with someone who brought a handheld HAM. No I'm thinking about getting into it.
Anyone have suggestions for a simple, basic antenna set up I can attach to the tongue area? Just a simple pipe welded on I could then drop a pole into.
Is there any sort of standards for antenna pole sizes? Ideally I'd like some sort of array with the ability to swap in/out various antenna, cellular, HDTV, HAM, etc.
Also tips for running antenna cables from inside to the exterior?
I use the standard TV antenna sections for sale
all over the place.
Radio Shack,Lowes & Home Depot all sell sections 5' long for under $10.00 for an easy start.
I then take a standard cheapo pro speaker tripod and turn the extending center section over and then the pole sections slide right in there.
You can also get any swimming pool cleaning pole or painters pole that telescope and do the same into the tripod base to get 20 or so feet in the air.
From there almost any antenna can be rigged to attach and also be easily rotated for optimum signal tweaking.
I use this for TV and Ham use off the rear of the Egg everywhere I go and I have used the Tripod method with pole sections all over the country doing radio emergency service work too.
I also have a few sandbags to lay across the legs if needed for stability of I really get the metal in the air.