Recently I began
produced energy to power my ham radio station.
There are several
reasons why I
decided to power
at least a portion of my ham radio equipment with
solar produced energy.
I have been planning
to do this
for a few years but
the cost was prohibitive. The last couple of years have
brought price reductions not only for solar panels but
other equipment required for a solar energy system.
The power blackout
of a few weeks
ago spurred me to
finally start somwhere, even if at a very modest level.
In case of emergency
I want to be
able to power as a
minimum some of my low power ham radio equipment.
Another goal is a limited amount of power for my home
in case of natural disaster or other emergency.
Currently I have
only one small
15 watt solar panel, a
charge controller and one small battery for storage. Though
this is very little power I am already amazed.
It is possible for me to do the following with this tiny system;
1. Power my Radio
Shack HTX-10 transceiver
hours, transmitting about 20 percent of the time.
2. Power my computer for a few hours.
3. Power some lights
in my home
for several hours or
intermittently for several days.
What did this cost?
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