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Radio Reviews, Questions and Comments. / Re: Hambuilder review? Anybody?
« Last post by gil on December 31, 2017, 08:22:00 AM »
Looks good to me. I would love to try one...
Batteries & Solar / Re: MY CB GO BOX
« Last post by gil on December 31, 2017, 08:18:23 AM »
You could do fine talking to both repeaters and SSB operators without having to fuss with the antenna.

Bob, I was surprised to be able to talk to England from the French Cliffs at Cape Blanc Nez both in FM and USB with the same horizontally polarized Yagi...

As to the RF caused by the amp... I have said it many times and will continue to say it, you don't need an amp! Without the amp you also don't need a 40Ah battery! Which mean that you won't have to carry it if you have to. Using a smaller battery will also mean using a smaller solar panel. You win both in weight and money. 12W SSB is plenty of power. Some of them can also be adjusted for a bit more after the SHTF, if need be... An amp is a waste of amperes, money and carrying capacity. The only thing it might be good at is warming up your tent maybe, and at a significant cost.

General Discussion / Re: Crowd Funding The Perfect Survival Radio?
« Last post by gil on December 31, 2017, 07:42:53 AM »
The 817 does not qualify in the most important aspect of any survival radio, current draw on receive, which is the only reason I haven't bought one yet. Now, with the advances in battery technology and solar cells, the problem isn't as acute as before, but today it is possible to do much better, like the KX2, which unfortunately fails in the ruggedness department, especially regarding water ingress.

Batteries & Solar / Re: MY CB GO BOX
« Last post by LWolken on December 31, 2017, 03:00:18 AM »
With a max output of 4 watts its not going to consume much power on transmit either.  In reality you can get by with a much smaller battery maybe 10-15ah and 20-30 watts of solar.  I like your idea of adding a small inverter and would suggest a aa/aaa battery charger also.  I like the Powerex Maha MH-C401FS model simple and effective.  If the power goes out it will be very important to have batteries for flashlights.   
Radio Reviews, Questions and Comments. / Hambuilder review? Anybody?
« Last post by NWARadio on December 30, 2017, 10:55:59 PM »
I sold almost all my radio stuff a while back and now I'm thinking of getting another one. But, I'm just not keen on spending nearly a thousand dollars again for a radio that I mostly listen to. (I found, over time, that I really didn't have much to say) I thoroughly enjoyed 17m for the special even stations and lack of contesting and want 80m for NVIS experiments. Also, I want cheap, cw and ssb. To that end, I've found this:
Haven't seen it on the eBay store yet, but the single band model is only $170 or so. Anybody here heard anything about these or have any experience with them? I know I'll probably end up shelling out four or five hundred dollars for one of the usual suspects, but until I give up the search, I'll be hoping for something less expensive and as useful.
General Discussion / Re: Crowd Funding The Perfect Survival Radio?
« Last post by NWARadio on December 30, 2017, 10:38:54 PM »
Does the Yaesu 817 not meet all these needs?
Batteries & Solar / Re: MY CB GO BOX
« Last post by NF822WNY on December 29, 2017, 01:28:14 PM »
Thank you for the input LWolken!  I have been thinking over 60w at a minimum.  My radio only draws 650mA on the RX with no signal, and with CB it would mostly be used to RX.  I will let you know what panel and controller i decide on.
Batteries & Solar / Re: MY CB GO BOX
« Last post by LWolken on December 29, 2017, 11:15:01 AM »
12 hr charge time will take two full days with full sun and no use of the power source.  With a 40ah battery I wouldn't go less than 60 watts maybe 100 if its in the budget.  I really try to size my solar large enough to run the critical components of my station while receiving including a few hours of after dark operations.  My commo plan calls for check-ins at 12 noon, 4pm, 8pm, 12 midnight, 4am, 8am and again at 12noon.  Basically every 4hrs.  Two bands, primary for 30 min then secondary for 30 min.  You get the idea.
Batteries & Solar / Re: MY CB GO BOX
« Last post by NF822WNY on December 29, 2017, 10:25:07 AM »
OK here it is CB Go Box 2.0...Spent quite a few hours putting it together, nixed the amp, secondary antenna mount, PA Horn. Changed my meter out to a new model and added power inverter to have the ability to charge some additional items Laptop Phone Etc.  I have tested this out and can also run my base station via the inverter for power down situations.  Still utilizing the 40 ah battery,  it is heavy but so much power and the price tag makes me want to keep using this thing.  Still just enough space to allow my dipole antenna some para cord and the dc charger.  Only thing i would like to add in the box is my solar controller and there should be plenty of room for that still.  I can't seem to find the perfect panel for inside the box storage, i will likely store the panel separate.
CB / CB radio Episode from the Survival Podcast
« Last post by NF822WNY on December 28, 2017, 03:54:38 PM »
Great episode on CB radios on The Survival Podcast

They pack a lot into an hour its a good listen!
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