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OK, so I went a little nuts with my ham radio hobby this weekend. It all started innocently enough, with a trip down to Ham Radio Outlet this past Friday afternoon, just before the first PAARA meeting, to purchase an antenna for my bicycle. I got a nice Diamond dual-band, fold-over antenna, an NMO 3-way mirror mount, and then attached the pair to a vertiacal support on the pannier.

I was somewhat pleased to get an S7 out of the local repeater, but when I finished my first ride and put the bike back, that’s when I noticed the unused fiberglass extension pole leaning up against the wall, and that’s when the insanity began. I spent about ½ hour mounting the pole to the bike at 22:00 on Saturday, and then on Sunday cut it down so the whole assembly would fit through the garage door and clear the ceiling when I store the bike on an elevated rack in the garage. You can see the gestation of my Bicycle Portable setup over the past several months, culminating in the Mark Ⅳ

Author: Peter Sheerin

Peter Sheerin is best known for the decade he spent as the Technical Editor of CADENCE magazine, where he was the acknowledged expert in Computer-Aided Design hardware and software. He has a long-standing passion for improving usability of software, hardware, and everyday objects that is always interwoven in his articles. Peter is available for freelance technical writing and product reviews, and is exploring career opportunities in interaction design. His pet personal project is exploring the best ways to harmonize visual, tactile, and audible symbols for improving the effectiveness of alerting systems.

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