Posted by: GW7AAV | July 24, 2009

4×4 Hams band together

I just discovered 4x4ham.com and it is a bit like Facebook for radio amateurs with gas guzzling, anti-social off-roaders like me. I could rant on for hours about what a load of bull the papers and government are spouting about 4X4s and how most of us that own them need them, but at 4x4ham.com I do not need to because everyone there loves their 4×4. At the moment the site is dominated by Americans but it has great potential to become a useful international resource for those fitting radios in to their off-roaders and heading off in to the wild. One of the problems I always seem to have is working out where to mount radios and antennas in new vehicles, here maybe I can find solutions that have worked for others.

Why have I got a 4×4? With my XYL and up to five children, one grandchild and/or Mother in Law plus shopping nothing else will still pull a caravan or trailer with out the suspension giving out and never get stuck on a muddy field. I use it to provide a cross band repeater from high ground that would be inaccessible in any other vehicle with RAYNET including search and rescue involving mountain, air/sea and lifeboat rescue services. I have provided communication cover for off road events such as horse trials, mountain biking and fell runs. I can sometimes dramatically cut walking distances when out doing Summits on the Air activations. It can handle extremes of weather and I have rescued other lesser vehicles from snow drifts, muddy fields and floods. I hate driving but 4x4s are fun. The stealth tax that is the £400 a year I pay for my road fund licence is not parted with willingly but they will not force me in to a Smart car any time soon.

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  1. Thanks for the mention!

    • No problem Randy, we all need to stick together in a world that doesn’t get it. I hope your site grows and grows. You may not be aware that this blog is a near mirror for the one at http://www.cqhq.co.uk so maybe you could leave a comment on there too. The blog is taking a back seat at the moment as I revamp my website to go with my new URLs – http://www.gw7aav.com & http://www.gw7aav.co.uk (not live yet) but I am trying to average at least one new item a day. Hopefully the content will draw an audience.

      Good luck 73 Steve GW7AAV.com


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