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Old 07-23-2016, 09:46 AM   #21
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Would both be in use at the same time? If one unit is off then is there an issue?
The TV antenna is amplified, so it would be on all the time, even when the TV itself is turned off.

According to the documents redtaco referenced it looks like I can put the King antenna four feet below the J-Pole and be okay. I don't want to do this, but as long as I can still get the TV stations I want that will be okay. I'll let you know what happens.
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When operating in HF while camping it's possible to talk all over the world. If you give your location people everywhere will know you're not home, and thanks to the FCC's callsign database they can know exactly where home is. Something to think about.
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Old 07-23-2016, 12:06 PM   #23
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The TV antenna is amplified, so it would be on all the time, even when the TV itself is turned off.

According to the documents redtaco referenced it looks like I can put the King antenna four feet below the J-Pole and be okay. I don't want to do this, but as long as I can still get the TV stations I want that will be okay. I'll let you know what happens.
The Jack tv antenna has an on/off switch, independent of the 12v amplifier switch in the Escape set up.
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Old 07-24-2016, 10:27 AM   #24
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The Jack tv antenna has an on/off switch, independent of the 12v amplifier switch in the Escape set up.
The version of the Jack antenna I bought doesn't have an on/off switch. It is the version meant as a replacement for an existing RV antenna, and included only the antenna "head", not the base which must have the on/off switch. The package included a couple of brackets for mounting the antenna head on an existing pole, and it also included a line voltage transformer and a 12V power injector to the antenna line, something I didn't expect and was happy to see.

I emailed King to find out how to proceed regarding the adjacent ham radio antenna.
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Old 08-13-2016, 12:20 PM   #25
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Thanks for your comments. I hadn't thought about APRS but I just might try it on the next trip. I have a HT with APRS and a magmount antenna. I suspect it will be hard to get tracked in the National Parks, though.
I just returned from a 3 week trip that included Mt Rainier, Glacier, Yellowstone, and Grand Teton National Parks and Craters of the Moon National Monument. I had APRS going on my HT whenever the Jeep was moving. I let some relatives and friends know about it and several of them checked our progress periodically. I checked when I got home. We were picked up all through Mt Rainier and a little in Yellowstone and Grand Teton. If you are interested, go to aprs.fi and track callsign KM6BYD-7. You can see our daily progress by selecting a date clicking on 2016 then on any date between 2016/07/21 and 2016/08/12. The map will show all of the pings for a date with lines showing where we went. Now if I can figure out how to print a map of the whole trip...
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I just returned from a 3 week trip that included Mt Rainier, Glacier, Yellowstone, and Grand Teton National Parks and Craters of the Moon National Monument.
Wow, nice trip! I'm a bit surprised you could get out an APRS ping at Mt. Rainer, but sure enough you hit two nodes, many times. Did you try to talk on two meters when you were there?
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Wow, nice trip! I'm a bit surprised you could get out an APRS ping at Mt. Rainer, but sure enough you hit two nodes, many times. Did you try to talk on two meters when you were there?
We got lots of APRS pings at Mount Rainier, as you said. I didn't try to talk on 2M as there was too much else to do. My sister has a cabin there and asked about the viability of 2M there and given all the APRS pings, it might have been OK. On the western edge, there is no cell phone coverage.
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