Oh, another question:
You don't explicitly mention it, but I assume you were successful on this score?I thought I'd see if I could go all the way out on a tank of gas and use my own fuel cans to refuel and drive back.
1968 Land Rover Dormobile
1992 Range Rover, green with a white roof, the "Rangemobile"
Yes, even after giving away 2.5 gallons to the 20-somethings I was back at home and not in danger of running out.
From my notes on gas consumption:
At 291.9 miles I added three 5.5 Gallon cans of gas out at the hot springs
At 405.0 miles I added one and a half 5.5 Gallon cans of gas on the way home near Ridgecrest
Total ending mileage was 595 miles and I added 17.2 gallons to fill up again.
So if I am doing it right, my truck's gas tank usage plus the gas I put in came to 41.9 gallons for 14.2 MPG and I would still have 8.6 gallons between the truck's gas tank and the last 2.7 gallon Scepter can. If so then I could drive another 122 miles and then run dry. My total range would be 717 miles. If the trailer was lower in height and if I didn't run the roof rack I could probably improve the MPG.
Seriously, it was a lot of work but the trailer is really meant for either longer trips or trips involving one or more passengers. I'd rather find problems on these short trips by myself than with family when we are far off the pavement in another state.
I was reported as having an excellent signal.
At 1525 hours I checked into the "Century Net" on 7178 KHz LSB and the one callsign that I copied down is in Ohio. I thought that I heard Mississippi mentioned also.
The Dentron Junior (which can handle balanced lines) just hated the antenna. I still need to go back and see what was up with that.
I did bring a 1:1 balun but instead put the ladder line into a coax adapter and hit the tune button for the Z-100 and it was very happy. Go figure, just dumb luck. Probably would not work well at all frequencies. Another good excuse to take it all into the field again.