Radio Trucks suitable for Amateur Radio field day use are an interesting project suited to Club Use. However a conflict is in keep their originality and hence resale value compared to usability and comfort make the decisions less clear.
This is part of a series of articles looking at the issues, originally inspired by too much looking at the Austin K9 Radio Truck that led to an ongoing Land Rover Series 3. In between are all these interesting vehicles that I could not afford nor justify even if I could afford, but none the less lead to some interesting inspirational ideas.
A more modern version of the Austin K9 Radio Truck complete with I guess Clansman Radio Comms is the Bedford MJ.
No trailer is required as the Generator is now mounted behind the drivers cab.
Steps store just the same as on the Austin K9. The main radio operation appears to be VHF / UHF given the parabolic microwave dish mounted upon the Scan Mast affixed to the radio cabin. The mounting looks pretty substantial doesn’t it.
K9 legacy continues, or is it something else? Does that horizontal flap allow the securing of a side tent to the vehicle? And theres a little door in just the same place as the K9 body too. The Dipole poles are no longer apparent. Either they are stored athwart the vehicle between the Radio Cab and the generator or they are no longer used. I don’t know.
A lot of gear and a lot of OEM connection leads!
The seller was asking £6,000 for this complete with all the gear but untested.
There are of course other options…