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Mobile setup KE4HAI: I finally got a well working mobile station with the following components:

– SharkRf- TPLink WR802N- Verizon Jetpack AC791L- ICOM ID5100- Icom 51A Plus 2- Samsung Tablet E9.6 on a RAM mount- 150 Watts solar panel on car roof- two 35AHr AGM Batteries (apart from the car battery)- 2 External VHF/UHF antennas (one for the SharkRf and the other for the ID5100)Everything works 100% and I had QSO’s with excellent signal reports on DSTAR REF, XRF, XLX and DCS reflectors. DMR and Fusion to be tested soon.

The external antenna for the Shark RF gives me an additional range of about 0.75 miles with my handheld ID51 and a solid connection to the openspot in the car.

Internet Connection: First I used my iPhone connected to the TPLink, however, the phone was running on low battery very soon since the Personal Hotspot feature on the iPhone used a lot of power. I also wanted the Shark Hotspot working when the iPhone is not in my car. So I got the Verizon Jetpack on a shared data plan with my iPhone for only $20.00 per month extra. First tests showed that the Jetpack works very well and gives a solid DSTAR connection, better than the iPhone.

Solar Panel: Renogy 150W 38×38″ on aluminum frame mounted to the roof rack of a 2013 Ford Escape. The Solar Panel feeds the energy to a MPPT controller, connected to 2 AGM batteries, wired parallel. System voltage 12V.

Ventilation: A heavy duty fan is built into the lift gate and air exhaust is behind the number plate. This prevents excessive temperatures during hot summer days. Fan is activated if inside Car Temperature exceeds 40 degree C.

Samsung Tablet: Attached on a RAM mount. Blue tooth Connection to ID-5100 and WIFI through TP-Link.

SharkRF: Check out my SharkRF Forum Post

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