Last Friday while sitting in the parking lot of my building, I tried contacting NR4CB or AB4UG to wish them a happy wedding day. It didn't happen. I could barely hear Connie, could tell someone was there (but couldn't make out the words) when Eugene was on. It didn't help that other stations were 2 kHz above and 2 kHz below.
I got to thinking about running mobile HF again.
It looks like I need to fashion a pair of brackets - one would be simple, and the other complex a little. I do have the mobile bracket for my 706, so I can always use that as a guide for holes.
Another thought with the brackets is that I don't *have* to have the radio there. I need the head there, but I do have the head separation kit, so I can always put the radio elsewhere and run power and antenna to it.
The other thing I looked at was the antenna. Like every other self-respecting ham, I feel as if antennas should be big. I was concerned about this 20m antenna and a quick look at K0BG's website confirmed my suspicions.
The antenna is so small compared to 5 meters (roughly a 1/4λ for 20 meters) that it has to be basically a dummy load on a stick. I'm not sure if the bridge above me helped or hurt; I had thought about driving up to Mt. Adams, but for various reasons I couldn't stray too far. I'll have to try again. I need to run the antenna wire (I'm not sure other vehicles would like the idea of me having that coax flapping around, and I can't have the tonneau cover open like it is when I'm stationary.
The last consideration is power, but it isn't a huge consideration. I have a power line that is safe for 20 amps (as much as my 706 needs), but I don't want to have to unhook/rehook power connectors (those ARE live, after all). I'm thinking I need a miniature power distribution center with two pair of fused power poles and a master switch, and maybe a battery shutoff.