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Batteries & Solar / DIY Solar Panels
« Last post by KD2PSC on May 25, 2018, 11:28:56 AM »
Has anyone here ever built their own solar panel, I have read some articles and seen some videos.  Looks tedious but not overly difficult.

Was looking at these:

https://www.ebay.com/itm/Sunpower-Solar-Cell-Flexible-Mono-Wafer-Monocrystalline-Dogbone-Busbar-DIY-Panel-/262898382095

Thoughts?
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Radio Reviews, Questions and Comments. / Re: Got my 1st CW rig
« Last post by solaris0121 on May 25, 2018, 02:52:08 AM »
We got to test it in anger last night at radio club, they helped me set up the 20m end fed and one of the experienced CW operators guided me through it.   Then one of the other guys set up a HF rig inside and confirmed they were receiving a good signal - so at least I know it transmits.

I called cq for a while but no response yet ...... will try the large Multiband end fed at the house today.

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New To Radio / Re: New to HAM Community What is a good beginner rig?
« Last post by pb230019 on May 24, 2018, 08:51:49 PM »
Hello. For $500 including transceiver and antenna, you will either need to go Morse-only or used equipment. A used FT-817nd might just be your ticket, and does everything, HF,VHF,UHF. Add a cheap tuner like the ZM-2, 9:1 unun (EARCHI) and a piece of wire, bingo, you're on the air...

Gil.
Thanks Gil I will look into that and thanks for the suggestion. Hope have something in the near future and will definitely report back as to where I needed up.

Phillip
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New To Radio / Re: New to HAM Community What is a good beginner rig?
« Last post by gil on May 24, 2018, 08:36:00 PM »
Hello. For $500 including transceiver and antenna, you will either need to go Morse-only or used equipment. A used FT-817nd might just be your ticket, and does everything, HF,VHF,UHF. Add a cheap tuner like the ZM-2, 9:1 unun (EARCHI) and a piece of wire, bingo, you're on the air...

Gil.
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New To Radio / Re: New to HAM Community What is a good beginner rig?
« Last post by pb230019 on May 24, 2018, 08:21:07 PM »
I am first looking for something I can both use in the shack and be portable to learn the basics with. I rent so having a portable antenna is a must as well. I would really like to be able to be more portable at this point. Including antenna my initial budget would be in the $500 range for now. I have a license but that's it. I have a whole lot to learn so the 8900 is in my price point and being quad band I was thinking that would give me a good base to learn from. Does my thought process make sense? Getting a permanent mobile rig will be next in a few months.

Appreciate your feedback and comments.

Phillip  KE8JWD

 
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Morse Code / Re: Can Morse Code Still Save You?
« Last post by caulktel on May 24, 2018, 01:19:51 PM »
Sounds good to me Gil.

Joel
N6ALT
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Batteries & Solar / Re: Battery capacity for QRO
« Last post by gil on May 24, 2018, 06:52:26 AM »
See Julian's latest videos on the subject, you won't find a better source.


Gil.
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Batteries & Solar / Battery capacity for QRO
« Last post by mehdi on May 24, 2018, 06:34:35 AM »
Dear OMs
I have done my research and study on portable radio, but still need some personal advice.
My rig is Yaesu FT-891 and I want to go portable. It seems LiFePo4 is my best bet, but I have doubts about the capacity.
Initially I thought I need a bigger capacity (20-30Ah), but it seems even a moderate 12Ah would suit my need: 3-4 hours of QRO SSB.

This page (http://www.4sqrp.com/Battery_Capacity/index.php) says I can expect the 12Ah to last about 3.8 hours for a 15A TX on SSB (20 percent duty cycle)

I personally prefer the 12Ah to 20Ah (because it's lighter and easier to carry)
What is your experience? Do you think I can expect 3-4 hours from 12Ah? (I have seen OH8STN use 10Ah, but he uses a solar panel which I don't have yet)

73
Mehdi, DF2HF
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New To Radio / Re: New to HAM Community What is a good beginner rig?
« Last post by gil on May 24, 2018, 06:33:01 AM »
I will reserve my advice until those questions are answered...

That said, I would not suggest a magnetic loop as a first antenna; much better use a half-wave end-fed like the LNR Precision 40/20/10. Between Chameleon and Alpha, I'd suggest Chameleon. Alpha was using some pretty crappy hardware and shoddy craftsmanship in their early antennas; not sure if they cleaned house or not. Look at the Chameleon MPAS system for portable ops, but it is expensive. I do love mine... The QRPGuys Tri-band antenna is just $15 and works well with a 6m/19ft telescopic fiberglass mast, for portable operations.

In any case, remember this: Wire antennas are cheap, easy to make and work very well.

Congratulations on getting the General license. You can use HF, so I don't see why you shouldn't.

The questions remain: Mobile? VHF/UHF/HF? QRP? Portable? Home shack?

Gil.
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New To Radio / Re: New to HAM Community What is a good beginner rig?
« Last post by CPR on May 24, 2018, 03:23:33 AM »
Hi new here just passed my tech and general tests this past weekend. I am looking for suggestions on a good solid rig to start with. I am looking at a Yaesu FT-8900R as a potential starting point and a chameleon F Loop Plus or Alpha Antenna 10-80M Multiband Military 2.0. I would welcome any comments or suggestions and looking forward to learning more and hopefully being able to contribute to the site at some point.


Thanks Phillip   KE8JWD
Congrats on your exam.
To choose a rig you need to know:
What's your budget?
What are you intentions on ham? Only inside the shack comms or outdoor comms too? Outdoor comms with a car or backpack? Multiday outdoor comms with backpack? HF only or UHF and VHF too? QRP or not?

Cheers,
Via TapaTalk

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