[aprssig] Shack backup power
wa7ixk at embarqmail.com
Thu Jun 2 15:38:05 EDT 2011
Solar is a way to go if you can afford it.
Panels may not be there when you need them.
A battery bank and the proper charger will give you emergency power.
You will not need expensive high amperage power supplies .
My system runs on solar & batteries. I have a marine charger for back up
and a generator. Never needed any of it in 40 years.
I always have 12 V available in my three vehicles, two motorcycles & two electric scooters and wheel chairs.
My P/U truck is my emergency ham shack.
----- Original Message -----
From: "Jason KG4WSV" <kg4wsv at gmail.com>
To: "TAPR APRS Mailing List" <aprssig at tapr.org>
Sent: Tuesday, May 31, 2011 5:48:02 PM
Subject: Re: [aprssig] Shack backup power
Amen. We (north AL) were hit by several tornados a few weeks ago. In
less than 12 hours from the time the lights went out, the only
outbound comm capability I had left was ham radio. Even the land line
was out (yes, I had a POTS powered phone, not a cordless). Cell
phones and land lines were out or degraded for several days in the
I'm looking hard at emergency power solutions (as are lots of folks
around here), but for the shack I'm wondering if solar and batteries
aren't the way to go. That may be a way to ease into solar power at
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