[amsat-bb] Re: [Mw] Slightly OT: Mobile Installations

Edward Cole kl7uw at acsalaska.net
Mon Apr 13 23:33:00 PDT 2009

At 05:22 PM 4/13/2009, Jim Sanford wrote:
>The other day, somebody decided he needed to get thru an intersection
>ahead of me . . .  . so, in search of a replacement chariot to support
>the mobile equipment.  Considering:
>     Toyota Highlander hybrid
>     Saturn VUE Hybrid
>Have read the Consumer Reports rap on all.
>QUESTION:  Does anybody have any experience or guidance regarding:
>     -- problems installing HF/VHF/UHF radios in either vehicle
>     -- problems with noise FROM the hybrid equipment
>I remember that some years ago, all the Japanese manufacturers would
>void your warranty if you installed two-way radio equipment.  That
>appears to be no longer true, as long as "properly installed" (defined
>as adequately fused).
>All experiences welcome.
>Thanks for bandwidth.
>wb4gcs at amsat.org


Excellent question, considering the number of hybrid cars (and 
all-electric cars soon to be offered in 2010).  I wonder if the 
electric motors have brushes and if they are RFI bypassed?  I do not 
have any info to provide, but certainly interested in what you find 
out.  I am watching the Chrystler Electric Town & Country van to be 
offered in 2010 with 40-mpg performance.  It runs with electric 
motors 100% and has gasoline generator for extended distance driving.

73, Ed - KL7UW 

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