03/12/13

Solar Power

So with my radio down and out of service I’m looking at different things. Different things to do and different things to work on. I’m staying in the realm of ham radio or at least electronics, but my Fan Dipole is being bagged up right now. That will be finished in the spring. That way it’ll be warmer for me to actually operate since I have to open one the apartment windows anyways.

What now?

Field Day prep is what I’m thinking.

What is Field Day?

Field Day is a contest that is once a year for ham radio operators to really stretch their wings and test their gear. It’s a 24 hour op. It is a test of our ability to work our radio’s and transmitting equipment. It is a test of our smarts that we can put to together an operating station that follows the best engineering practices and is safe. What it comes down to is that we have a short amount of time to get a station up and on the air. Furthermore your mindset is that this is an emergency situation. Really it’s not supposed to be your normal shack. Lots of us go outside our homes and work off of alternative power in alternative shelters.

So what is my mission?

Alternative power. Something I can regulate and not have to depend on any other sources for power. Solar power! And batteries. There is a night time component to Field Day.

What to do? Plan and Prep.

1. Find out an average of how much current my radio uses per hour, on receive and on transmit.
2. Figure out which things beside a radio I’ll be using(Laptop, light, fans, etc…)
3. Batteries
4. Solar Panels
5. Accessories(Charge controller, voltage reg, PS’s)
6. Budget

A lot to do, even a little math.

More to come…

03/7/13

My Station is Down…

That’s right the mighty Yaesu FT-950 is down. Thank god for warranties right! You know I’d like to give you some interesting and juicy details. Something like, it went out in a blaze of glory, but I just have not a clue what happened. I was transmitting and then I wasn’t. Pretty straight forward.

I’m packing it up and shipping it to Yaesu tomorrow. On my own dime I might add. O well. I’ll keep everyone a breast of the situation and I’ll still post projects and what boy as well.

I joined a Hackerspace. Pretty excited, more to talk about there.

Matt
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***updated from Nexus 7***

Everyone, “will me” me a warm day. I need to work on my mobile.