[HamWAN PSDR] Advice for parts for a portable setup

Stephen Kangas stephen at kangas.com
Mon Sep 14 16:22:30 PDT 2020


obviously you are faced with coming up with a mount for whatever antenna you
select to attach it to your tripod.  If it's a common camera tripod, you may
have to fabricate a custom one. Most of these antennas are designed for
mounting to a mast pipe, typically 1.25 in to 2in in diameter (perhaps
welding a small section of pipe to a plate that can be drilled and tapped to
thread with the tripod's camera thumb screw?).


I'm going to use a spare 5ft PA speaker mounting stand/tripod I have.  They
are designed to be VERY stable, come with a 1.325in to 1.5in "mast" already
(industry standard for most loudspeakers), some have adjustable heights
(telescoping), light weight and collapses to easily fit a car's trunk or
back-seat, and are pretty cheap from a wide variety of online stores (Guitar
Center, Sweetwater, MusiciansFriend, perhaps Amazon, etc).  No need to fab
up a mount for the recommended antennas for them.  I plan to keep the
antenna mounted on it, zip-tie the ethernet cable to it and glue on a Velcro
cable strap to hold the ethernet cable coiled up when transporting.  Take is
out of the car, spread the legs, uncoil the ether cable and plug in the
laptop (or WAP), aim the antenna (signal strength lites on side of the LHG5
antenna, or use WinBox program on the laptop to monitor signal strength),
then ready to go (assuming strong enough signal at whatever distance from
cell site).



Stephen W9SK



From: PSDR <psdr-bounces at hamwan.org> On Behalf Of lionelhlvrsn at gmail.com
Sent: Monday, September 14, 2020 2:33 PM
To: 'Puget Sound Data Ring' <psdr at hamwan.org>
Subject: [HamWAN PSDR] Advice for parts for a portable setup


Hello to the group!

I am on Bainbridge Island, and I am looking into a portable setup to
experiment with from different locations.

While there is a lot of useful gear info on the website and on this
listserv, I want to make sure that I don't end up getting something that
doesn't maximize data speeds or will be obsolete in a year.

I am looking for advice for a complete portable system. I can make use of a
power supply and tripod that I already have, although I'd be interested on
input on that, as well.

Thanks in advance for your help with this.



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