Thinking Mobile HF 12 - June - 2010Posted by k9zw in K9ZW, K9ZW Just Rambled.
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With all the life changes the likelihood of more road time during which I might be able to do HF contacts is here!
Now the big decision – to do an HF Install or to do a “Virtual HF Over Internet Link” to my home station?
On the plus of a real install is that the contacts really count as mobile, and operations are independent of the net or home shack. These types of installations are not inexpensive and on a miles basis I am within 18 months of a new vehicle – meaning the install would be pulled & moved fairly quickly.
The idea of an over-the-internet link to my SDR setup has the advantages of lower initial costs, making use of a decent home station and little hardware to purchase. It would also be VERY portable and easy to move to the next vehicle. On the flip side it would require a monthly net subscription, isn’t true Mobile operations and requires me to leave my home station “hot” to operate. It is also net coverage dependent.
I’m still thinking through this one and welcome your thoughts.