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The BPH RadiGo Project

This is a discussion on The BPH RadiGo Project within the General Prepper and Survival Talk forums, part of the Survivalist, Prepper, Bushcrafter, Forest Rangers category; Originally Posted by Captjim_NM Very good project, I hope you water tested that ammo can before you did all that work............. The ammo can is ...

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    Quote Originally Posted by Captjim_NM View Post
    Very good project, I hope you water tested that ammo can before you did all that work.............
    The ammo can is not intended to be waterproof. Only capable of shedding a bit of rain here and there. I won't be using it out in the rain, just transporting it. And the entire build is 100% independent of the ammo can. So I can pull it out and drop it into another can if necessary.


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    Work good?
    No issue hitting the local repeater.
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    Took it out again today (playing hookie from work ), and got the j-pole tuned.

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    I'll take it.
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    My order of some 450-ohm ladderline arrived Saturday, so yesterday I started building a roll-up 2-meter slim jim. Got the bulk of the work done yesterday.


    The BPH RadiGo Project-ladderline-slimjim-1-post.jpg

    Got it tuned and soldered up tonight, and finished it up with some heat-shrink.

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    Now THAT'S a compact, portable antenna!

    The BPH RadiGo Project-ladderline-slimjim-3-post.jpg


    Even just hanging on the wall inside, with the radio set to low power (10 watts) I was pushing 9 watts to it and hitting the repeater about 3 miles away.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Back Pack Hack View Post
    My order of some 450-ohm ladderline arrived Saturday, so yesterday I started building a roll-up 2-meter slim jim. Got the bulk of the work done yesterday.


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    Got it tuned and soldered up tonight, and finished it up with some heat-shrink.

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    Now THAT'S a compact, portable antenna!

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    Crap!

    Well, as we jokingly say, the bigger the glob, the bigger the job!



    Other than that, beautiful!
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    The ALS is complete:

    The BPH RadiGo Project-als-first-outing-post.jpg

    "What's an ALS?", you ask? Why, it's the Antenna Launch System, of course!

    The collapsing fishing pole is extended, placed into the ground stake (orange spiral thingy) and a ½-oz egg sinker with a swatch of fluorescent pink embroidery floss is launched into a tree using the slingshot. The floss (thread) is to make the sinker visible after re-entry. When it reaches the ground after going over the desired tree branch, a sturdy twine is attached and pulled back to launch control (a euphemism for where I was standing with the slingshot). Once the twine is pulled back over the branch using the fishing line, it's used to hoist the roll-up ladderline antenna into the air.

    Connect the antenna to the RadiGo, power it on and I'm OTA!
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