On The Cover: July  2009

Jim Briggs, WA9TIR

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Jim Briggs, WA9TIR, can operate from wherever he happens to be with his HF/VHF/UHF ham station built into his 5th-wheel camper, a 38-foot Montana with three slideouts. The mast on the back is bolted to the frame and is a combination of PVC and aluminum. It extends to between 25 and 30 feet and collapses into the long piece of PVC

tubing at the bottom. On top of the mast are two 20-meter Hamsticks and two 40-meter Hamsticks, arranged as dipoles. Inside the camper, Jim and his wife, Carole, WB9EGQ, share a station consisting of an ICOM IC-706 for HF work, along with an IC-208H and a Motorola Spectra for VHF and UHF operating. The console in the rear slideout of the camper also includes a Drake SWR meter and voltage/current meters to keep tabs on the camperís battery system, which also powers all of his ham gear.

Jim built the console himself (along with another one at their home station) using skills from his job building RF, microwave, and phone systems for his local 911 center. Jim likes to build electronic gear as well; in fact, he says heís more of a builder than an operator, although heís operated while on the road from Orlando, Florida to Sault Ste. Marie, Michigan, and many places in between. Heís a regular check-in on the Spiderweb Net (<www.spiderwebnet.net>) on 40 meters. Heís been operating camper-mobile for about 10 years, using the current camper for about the past three years.

(Photos by Larry Mulvehill, WB2ZPI)

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