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The RV Radio Network (RVRN) is an ARRL affiliated association of Amateur Radio Operators who share an interest Recreational Vehicles. Here you will find information about rallies, hamfests, radio nets, and other activities of interest to the members of our club. We invite all Amateur Radio Operators with an appropriate FCC license to participate in the RVRN 40m net on about 7264 KHz at 7:00 pm Central Time Sunday through Friday, and in our Multi-mode EchoLink net each Thursday at 8:00 PM Central Time on the *SELINK* node. Our Net Control Operators KA2HPG, AI1N, K5TGS, W8TJT, KC1M, N3YRZ, KC5MEM, KC9OO, and N9RIV are waiting to talk to you. And we are always looking for Alternate NCOs and relay stations, so if you would like to help out please contact our Communications Manager Fred, KA2HPG.
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Posted by N7BBQ -
8-31-2023 _ 7:29 PM CDT

@N9WDQ, for a bike rack for your eBikes look at If you are going to carry them on the back of your travel trailer you will want one that is approved for that and also approved for eBikes. We use a Swagman rack on our towed car behind our motorhome and it is approved for that application. etrailer lets you search for racks by use. Their prices are also in line with the market.

Posted by KB6WHV -
8-24-2023 _ 8:28 PM CDT

I can never here the net without dropouts. It sounds fine and then it cuts out. Anyone else having a similar problem when trying to hear the net?

Posted by K4HM -
8-17-2023 _ 10:11 PM CDT

We had a good time at the RV Radio Network Happy Birthday membership meeting last night. Lots of good information, a good program from RVRN member #1187 Bob - WB5MRG. And of course lots of chatting before and after the meeting.
73, Hank

Posted by KG5TKV -
8-13-2023 _ 7:40 PM CDT

N9WDQ: e bikes: if you are on Facebook, look in recumbent pages and classified. If they are upright bikes, almost any solid, heavy duty rig will work. Talk to the bike shop where you bought it. If it’s a trike there are specialized carriers for those. Be sure to remove the battery , if it is a slide-mounted battery.

Posted by KB2MF -
8-5-2023 _ 7:28 PM CDT

The Hershey PA RV show is next month. Wondering if the group has any kind of get-together at events like this?

Posted by KB6WHV -
7-30-2023 _ 10:37 PM CDT

Thank you!!!!!

Posted by N3FVP -
7-28-2023 _ 9:46 AM CDT

The digital voice net on Sunday nights at 0100 is TG 31171.

Posted by N3FVP -
7-28-2023 _ 9:45 AM CDT

The digital voice net on Sunday nights at 0100 is TG 31171.

Posted by K4HM -
7-25-2023 _ 11:51 AM CDT

Hi David, I suspect you are looking for the "Amateur Radio RVers Digital Voice Net" which was hosted by RVRN member Bob Lewis - N8GU. That net moved from the Quadnet Array several months ago but I don't remember where it landed, and I don't find any reference to it currently. You might want to contact Bob for information. You can look him up on our roster or on QRZ.

Good Luck,
K4HM - Hank

Posted by KB6WHV -
7-25-2023 _ 3:08 AM CDT

Hello to all!!! Now that QuadNet Array is no longer available, where will the RV nets be held on Brandmister DMR?

Posted by N9ZSY -
7-18-2023 _ 2:40 PM CDT

Hello all. Thanks for accepting Tami (KD9LHE) and I into the group. We currently have a 17 foot tow behind trailer. Mostly local camping for us due to work and hobby scheduling. We mostly use our trailer for a base of stay when we are at the museum building the steam railroad. Plan is to actually bring our FT818 with us on the road to work QRP.

We look forward to going to future events as well as promote both the hobby as well as RVing. Being just a few miles from Elkhart, we hope to be able to spread the word.

73 from Northern Indiana
Jason N9ZSY

Posted by KC9OO -
7-14-2023 _ 4:27 PM CDT

Just got back from three days camping at the Thomson Causeway Army Corp of Engineers campground on the Mississippi River. The cam
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Recent Silent Keys
KA5EDR, Bill Fater Net# 1

RVRN Founding Father
Bil Fater, Net# 1
SK - January, 31 2018

From a QRZ search, we recently learned of the passing of Bill Fater, K5EDR   Bill and his XYL Irene were members of the San Antonio TX Good Sam Chapter where In 1983 a group of ham members formed the Good Sam Hams HF net known as the Good Sam Hams. In 1986 when the net grew 150 members, too large for the chapter to support, they became a separete organization called The Good Sam RV Radio Network. The 10 chapter members who started the net became the founders of the new organizatioin and were assigned the first 10 Net Numbers.

Bill;s obituary can be found HERE.
WA4TSC, Wesley Boxwell, Net# 936
WA4TSC, Wesley Boxwell, Net# 936
October 26, 2018
We recently learned of the Oct 26, 2018 passing of Wesley Boxwell, WA4TSC.   Wes was a long time member of RVRN. He and his spouse Kathleen became members of the RV Radio Network in spring of 1998.

His obituary can be found HERE or by viewing his callsign on the website.
KD9INX, Jeffery Alsip, Net# 1470
KD9INX, Jeff Alsip, Net# 1470
October 11, 2021

Jeff was an active member in RVRN and his local club, the Yellow Thunder ARC from whom we learn of his passing.   Jeff's obituary can be found HERE
K5PRE, James (Pappy) Doughty, Net# 1217
James Doughty, Net# 1217
July, 31 2022
We recently learned of the passing of James (Pappy) Doughty, K5PRE, from QRZ.   Pappy and his XYL Cecile, WA4WT, became RVRN members in 2009 and were avid RVers until her passing in 2011.
His obituary can be found HERE.
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RVRN Spring Rally returns to Berlin OH
April 11 - 17, 2024. Watch for updates here soon.
The rally hosts are Dwight-W8TJT and Michelle-N3YRZ
Welcome New Exciter Editor - WR5E

After producing great quarterly issues of the Network News for 4 years N3YRZ - Michelle is stepping down from the Newsletter Editor position. Michelle says she plans to remain active as a Net Control Operator and WE2RV QSL Manager.

On Michelle's recommendation the board is happy to announce the appointment of WR5E - JJ Lambert as the new editor of the Network News. JJ has been a ham for over 40 years and became RV Radio Network member #1595 in April 2021. He has been heard on our HF net and attended the recent Spring Rally.

Got a Ham Radio question ?
The RVRN Tech Guy has the answer.

Send him your questions  HERE

Jeff asks what antenna analyzer to use
This question comes to us from Jeff in Ohio. I am considering buying an antenna analyzer, but they seem very expensive. One option I did come across is the nano VNA. These seem to have the same functions but are far less expensive. What do you think?
Well, Jeff, you have this down correctly. The nano VNA’s are, in general, less expensive, and in fact, will do much more. With the improvement in technology, the nano VNA has become a great option for many hams. They are very flexible and have enormous capability. The major drawback I have found is that unless a ham is very technically inclined, the learning curve is very steep and many hams get frustrated trying to figure out how the VNA works. I would first recommend watching several YouTube’s about the nano VNA. Many of these are well done, and will give you great insight into the complexity of the VNA. The ARRL also has some very good publications about the VNA so check that out as well. If you feel comfortable, then you might invest in a VNA and get used to its capability.

B0est Regards

Gary asks about vertical antenna radiation
Ignoring any tuner or impedance matching transformer losses, which vertical on a ladder with only RV chassis ground radiates more power at 40m: 1/4 cut vertical with a transformer or a 31 ft vertical on a tuner at the ladder? Take transformer and tuner losses at zero. Only go by the nature of the vertical.
Thank you for this question, it is an intriguing one! I would suggest you go with a mono band tuned to your specific frequency range. If you had other frequencies in mind I might go with a 31ft and tuner right at the base.


Best Regards

Jeff asks: What kind of coax jumpers to use
This question comes from Jeff in Florida. I am looking for a recommendation for what type of coax I can use for jumpers inside the shack. The regular coax they use like RG 213 or RG 400 max is just too large for tight turns. Is there a recommendation for smaller coax without excessive loss?
Jeff, this is a very good question and when approached correctly can be a big help making those turns in the shack.

The first suggestion and one I use is RG 8X. This coax is smaller in diameter and while it has higher loss, short runs have negligible loss for the shack.

Another favorite coax but more expensive is LMR- 240. This too is a smaller diameter coax, but has very nice loss characteristics.

You should be able to find these at your favorite Ham Radio store. Hope this answers your question, good luck.

Best Regards

Bill asks how to to weatherproof a PL259
This question comes from Bill in California. I have several PL 259 connections exposed to the weather. What is the proper way to weatherproof a PO 259 connection that is outdoors?
Bill, this is a very good and important question for all of us. There are essentially two steps to properly waterproof PL 259 connectors outdoors. The first is a rubberized tape from the 3M company called Temflex. This is a roll of rubberized tape that you wrap around the 259 all the way down to the coax outside sheath. This tape will adhere to itself and provide the waterproofing.

Temflex, however, has no UV protection so you must wrap this tape with a good 3M electrical tape that will provide UV protection.

You can find both of these products at DX engineering or your local hardware store.

Brent asks how can I get a coax inside my RV
We have a Newmar 2903 - it's their smallest model but works for us! I would like to find a good coax entry point for bringing in a stub of a feedline which I'd put PL259 on both ends for easy multi-purpose use. I brought a power feed through the firewall without issue, but would like to avoid that area with coax. I know you can't be specific, but where are a couple of good places to start looking for a way to get coax inside? I'd appreciate your thoughts.
73, Brent
Hello Brent,
Thank you for your question.

If I understand your question correctly many of us use a bulkhead connector as shown in the link below. It is likely the best, low loss way to get a good coax pass through for a side wall of the RV. The location on the wall is dependent upon the antenna mount. You will need a hole about 1/2 inch diameter for the SO-239.

I use a cap on the outside of the RV to protect against water and dirt when not in use.

Other folks have used the item in the second link as it provides a longer SO-239 connector. Using this, one could fashion a face plate on the outside wall of the RV.

Let me know what you think!

Phil asks how should I mount my solar panel
2019 FR 19FD Epro

Came with factory 100 watt solar panel on Roof. Last year it blew off the top, left the wires! Was secured with a black adhesive on the four corners, not the best installation. No screws or other fasteners penetrating the roof. Any suggestions for attaching the new panel?

Thank you for your question and sorry to hear about the failure in the Solar panel mount. Not knowing the dimensions for the panel array, and whether it was a rigid or flexible panel makes this question a difficult one to answer. For a rigid panel array I recommend using bolts into/through the roof structure. Flexible panels can be mounted on the surface with adhesive. Drilling holes into the roof will need to be coordinated with the actual RV roof structure and structure below the roof surface. I have found many manufacturers are very helpful with questions like this.

However, if you wish to mount with a no-hole version here is a link to help generate some ideas for you. There are many more on the web. Attaching Solar Panels to RV Roof Without Drilling -

Here is an example of a mounting system that is very popular. Again the internet has many, many more examples for you to consider.
Install Solar Panels On Your RV Roof | Best Solar Panel Brackets To Use On Your RV Solar Series Ep 3
This is an important decision as an adhesive mount is less secure and could create liability if it comes off while driving. Take time to do some research for your specific RV type.

Thank you again for your question today!


Paul in CO asks Can I bury coax to my antenna?
I have several coax runs in my backyard and would like to get them out of the way. Can I just bury these or do I need to use conduit to put these underground?

Paul, this is a very interesting question and one I get quite often. It’s difficult to say in your case because I do not know what the specs are for your coax. If you know who manufactured or sold the coax, you may wish to go back to them and see if this is rated for putting underground. Most coax sold today has this rating and are just fine to lay down in a trench.

The question of using a conduit to bury these is quite an involved question. It is recommended, and in fact, many professional installers do not use conduit for one simple reason, they will collect water over time. Irrespective of the conduit material condensation will allow water to build up inside the conduit and eventually the coax will sit in water day and night. If one does use conduit, a few things are recommended. First, be sure there are weep holes for any water buildup to drain. Second, try and have the conduit at a slight angle for gravity to help the water escape. It is also recommended that you use small gravel around these openings of the conduit for the water to travel away from the conduit and coax.

Sam asks Does my vertical really require radials?
I would really like to put up a vertical HF antenna in my backyard. However, most of the vertical antennas I am looking at say I need a radial field for the antenna. I just don’t have the space for this. Am I really required to have this?

Sam, thank you very much for your question. the most popular vertical HF antenna today is the quarter wave vertical antenna. The radial field provides the second half of the antenna, so the vertical portion of the antenna uses the ground field to work against. So sadly, the answer to your question is yes, you will need a radio field for the antenna to work efficiently. There is an alternative, which would be to go with a halfway vertical, but those are more difficult to use primarily because of their size.

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