Rover Safety

Globe and Mail columnist Peter Cheney has published a photo in today’s newspaper of an Ontario Amateur Radio operator’s vehicle complete with a roof-mounted six-meter beam and various VHF and UHF antennas on a mast fitted with a rotor.

Fortunately Cheney didn’t know what he was seeing but he included it in an article on road safety when it comes to strapping things on the roof of the car.

In the newspaper photo (which thankfully doesn’t show up online) somebody who owns a great Toyota van and who likely was out as a rover during a recent contest might want to check that the piece of plywood (or so it appears) is firmly affixed to the vehicle.

Off hand and without knowing who this is, the setup appears to Cheney to be noteworthy and sure doesn’t make us look great.

Roving is great fun but with all the emphasis on distracted driving and road safety a more modest setup or perhaps a more robust vehicle might have lessened the visual impact of this mobile setup.

And BTW if you’re the happy owner of this setup please, please don’t email Cheney to tell him about how safe and wonderful your rover station actually is. He has no reason to believe you based on the photo and probably couldn’t care less.

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About Peter West

I am retired. I'm invested into bike riding, guitar playing, yoga and Ham Radio. I am a former photojournalist, newspaper and magazine editor and public relations practitioner with national, regional and local experience. A long-time member of Toastmasters International and an active Amateur Radio (Ham) operator here in Canada I am taking on new challenges.

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