Solar powered QSO's

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From: Chris Cartwright (ccart@phideaux.com)
Date: Thu Jun 20 2002 - 16:19:18 CDT


All this solar talk got me out from in front of the tube, and in front of
the radio. I took the SST20 and the 5W panel outside, hooked the two
together and hosed up the 100' dipole. Had a nice 15 minute chat with
K8BHG in WV. Pure solar, no battery or nuttin'! The SST draws about
20mA on RX and about 200mA @1W on TX. It was huge fun, had to QRT because
it was getting cloudy <grin>.

I've been invited to "guest op" at a local field day event. They're a
bunch of high power phone ops and they needed a CW guy. So hopefully I
can "spread the QRP gospel" a bit when I actually *DO* make some contacts on
FD with my 1W solar to RF converter. You should be able to tell how
sunny it is in SE PA by the chirp. :)

-- Chris Cartwright, Unix Administrator | ccart@phideaux.com --
-- N3XRV ARRL-VE Norcal Zombie #163 | Oxford, PA 19363 FM29as --
-- MDmW #5 NJ-QRP #105 QRP-L #655 NORCAL #1891 FISTS #5028 QRP-ARCI #9271 --


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