[HamWAN PSDR] Advice for parts for a portable setup

lionelhlvrsn at gmail.com lionelhlvrsn at gmail.com
Wed Sep 16 15:22:15 PDT 2020

I want to give a very big THANK YOU to everyone who chimed in with thoughts
and suggestions. This provided a ton of info and analysis. I have decided to
go with the Dynadish from eurodk.com, ROW version. I have a tripod that will
work for now, and have good recommendations from you all if I end up buying
a dedicated one. I will also, on your advice, be re-purposing an old laptop
to be the dedicated computer, with nothing of value/interest on it, to be
stress-free on privacy/hacking issues.

I'll see you online!




From: PSDR <psdr-bounces at hamwan.org> On Behalf Of Stephen Kangas
Sent: Monday, September 14, 2020 7:14 PM
To: 'Puget Sound Data Ring' <psdr at hamwan.org>
Subject: Re: [HamWAN PSDR] Advice for parts for a portable setup


Eurodk.com sells the Dynadish 5 for $121.23USD, the LHG 5HP for $44.49, the
LHG 5 XL HP for $61.17USD, and the SXTsq 5 HP for $38.23, plus USPS Priority
shipping that adds about another $20k (took less than one week to receive my
order); this makes that source considerably less expensive than the other
sources my team looked at.  The LHG series as-el mast mount is only
$5.50USD.  Plus, they have current stock of most models, drop-shipped
directly from Latvia where their warehouse is located next to the MikroTik
manufacturer (this is the reason I went with them in the first place, as the
US reseller quoted 2-3months back-order).


I have not yet tried running the LHG 5 on 12V power, but I will try that out
here shortly and let you know.  We currently carry a 120VAC generator &
solar invertor for our team's field deployment setup, for the HF radio,
laptops, lighting and other equipment, but it would be nice to know if the
HamWan antenna can be added to the list of 12VDC possibilities for lean
go-kits running off of battery/solar/vehicle.


BTW, the Dynadish is an insignificant 0.5db spec difference in gain.  Given
that the 802.a/n download/upload speeds of the LHG5 series is way more than
needed for most portable applications, I don't yet see any advantage of
802.ac (if you're going to be streaming video from encrypted websites like
YouTube, Netflix, Xfinity, which one might be able to argue demands >10Mbps,
you're in violation of FCC Part 97 regs for amateur radio anyway).  Since
the 5Ghz band is not being used by HamWan for client connections, that
eliminates most or all of the extra 802.ac speed anyway which requires 5GHz
to reach its spec'd max speeds.


Stephen W9SK

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