QRP .. battery

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From: JEFF M. GOLD (JMG@tntech.edu)
Date: Fri Dec 10 1993 - 09:11:56 EST


> Hi all,
>
> Does anyone have experience powering a qrp rig from their
> car's battery? While the car isn't running? Due to evil
> condo covenants, my best bet for a good antenna and operating
> site seems to be to drive to the top of a hill and set up
> my vertical.
>
> I figure I could save some money by using my car's battery
> instead of buying a gel cell, but I'm not sure if the drain
> would be too much for it. I know you need one of those "deep
> discharge" batteries for higher-power use, but since I'm
> operating qrp cw I'm hoping that doesn't apply here.
>
> Any thoughts?
>
> 73,
>
> Joe Gervais jgervais@ucsd.edu
> KD6PRD/AG "20 WPM or Bust!"

Well, I operate of hours at lunch periods and on tops of mountains with
my 509 argonaut.. both CW/SSB and have no problem with the car off.. I
also use a small 4ah gel cell that I picked up at a ham fest for $5.00
and that will run for hours with my small CW transceivers.. I have gone
for days with the 7ah battery.

Many times in the Smokeys I will have a few QRP transceivers in a case
and bring my portable PVC vertical and pull over and operate using a
small gel cell.

72

Jeff, AC4HF


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