Hello all, I completed an activation of NW-062 this evening and for the HF part of my activation I used an ATAS 120A mobile HF antenna with great success.
I did discuss the issue (with Tom M1EYP PRIOR to activation) of the ATAS being attached to my car for the activation and Tom seemed to think that the antenna can’t be fixed to the vehicle while activation is in progress, thanks for your advice Tom.
I’m not going against Tom’s advice, in any way shape or form, but others have told me that it is acceptable and that I should read the rules.
I have read the rules and to be honest I can’t find anything to suggest that any antenna can’t be attached to a motor vehicle.
My set up was as follows…
I drove to the summit top and as always walked a complete circuit around my car, then walked 10 feet away to the operating position, a silly routine I know, but it satisfies me that I have complied with the final ascent on foot rule. The FT857D was powered by one of my 7ah SLABs and the coax from the ATAS which was attached to the towing attachment of my car was run out to the radio at my operating position.
So to reiterate…I was not attached to the car, the radio was powered by a SLAB 10 feet from the car, but the antenna was attached to the car, which was sort of no longer a car, but part of my antenna system in the way of a counterpoise.
I have not entered the activation into the database yet, because I want a definate yes or no on wether it is a qualifying activation on HF?
There is no question regarding VHF because the 2m antenna was seperate from the vehicle.
So, please advise me if it’s a good one or not, all opinions respected.
Thanks and 73