Davie/Cooper City Amateur Radio Club
We are Radio Active
Our Mobile Ham Station
Converting a 12' Utility Trailer into a Mobile Ham Shack
Around the middle of 2017 the officers and other interested members began kicking around the idea of having a mobile station that we could use at Field Day, take to the monthly outings, take to social events, activations, etc.
We presented the idea and some rough cost information to the members in january 2018 and received approval to purchase a used trailer and start work.
To that end we:
- Incorporated as Davie/Cooper City Amateur Radio Club so that the club could own the trailer, not any specific member
- Purchased a 1,600 lb, 12' long utility trailer, transferred the registration to Davie/Cooper City Amateur Radio Club
- Had a license plate issued for the trailer (will apply for a ham radio tag with the club call sign) (Rich WB4EHG)
- Determined what mods needed to be made to the trailer and created rough drawings (Pete, N8PR)
- Fred WB4BAG is having the mods made by his company free of charge!
- Started a Trailer donation fund (Tom, N4MEO)
- Started receiving equipment donations from members
Trailer specs: V nose, 6' by 12', ramp door, recessed track in floor
Trailer in progress 2:
-- Steel outboard frame rails added to
make a new, longer tongue.
-- Old rails were 2" x 4" x 1/8" wall.
New rails are 2" x 2" x 1/4" wall.
-- New 2" ball socket welded to the
Old tongue rails remain in place
as added support.
-- Will now begin fabrication of the
"tower hinge support".
-- Would not have been easy as it is
without Pete's drawings!!!!
Trailer in progress 3:
-- Not in view are the reinforcing
rails under the new tongue plate.
-- Room was left on the new rails to
mount the spare tire carrier and
the new tongue jack (has a wheel
instead of a foot).
-- Tongue plate serves as a base to
mount the tower support structure.
-- The 1/4" tongue plate added critical
strength to the tongue and only
delayed initiating fabrication of the
"tower hinge support" by one day.
-- Planning to have a mounted tower
by Friday, May 18.
Trailer in progress 4:
-- The mast is in place over the trailer body
-- The antenna it attached to right side of
-- The left side then pivots down causing
the antenna to go up in the air.
-- The mast is then cranked up to the
June 5, 2018, Fred brought the trailer to out June club meetiing. This is the first time we have seen the trailer with the new tongue and tower mount & raising assembly. The photos below are what we got to see.
Trailer in progress 1:
-- Frame reinforcing completed.
-- Old 2-5/16" ball socket removed.
-- Added wood to layout the positioning
of the new rails.
Trailer as we purchased it
|Trailer Fund Donors
||Diawa 12V 30A Power Supply
|August passing around the hat
|Latour Fire Equipment Co.
||1 X 10lb fire extinguisher
1 X 5lb fire extinguisher
||Assorted components equaling $110
September 16, 2018, The first outing with the trailer at Vista View park. We setup early in the AM and operated some FT-8. We learned some lessons that will be applied to future outings.
Neil WB2RUU has done a fantastic job on getting the trailer operational!
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