Best Portable Ham Radio Battery Setup

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  1. K7JSG

    K7JSG Ham Member QRZ Page

    I created a blog post and video to help others determine the best battery setup for ham radio to use in your Portable Ham Radio Operations and Ham Radio Emergency Communications. I hope you enjoy it and can learn from it.

    Getting Started in Portable Ham Radio
    When I first got starting in portable ham radio doing ARRL Field Day I used Lead Acid Batteries with a Solar Panel. It was hard lugging around a couple of 50-70 pound batteries so I could do my ham radio operation.

    Now I use LiFePO4 batteries for all of my portable ham radio operations which mostly includes POTA activations. Portable Ham Radio Battery Setup.png

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  2. N4KIN

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    Enjoyed the video. Very informative! Thank you.
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  3. N9YB

    N9YB QRZ Administrator QRZ Page

    Is the solar controller RF quiet? Same question regarding the Bioenno AC inverter. Does it generate RF hash?


    And thank you for posting this video.
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  4. W5NQH

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    Yes it Quiet as a mouse, no Hash at all great for field Camping ect...
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  5. K7JSG

    K7JSG Ham Member QRZ Page

    The Solar Control is quiet and produces no RF noise. The Bioenno Power Pack does create some RF noise.
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  6. M1WML

    M1WML Ham Member QRZ Page

    ;) great..
  7. AK5B

    AK5B Ham Member QRZ Page

    Genasun MPPT solar charge controllers are also RF quiet, I use one with my 83-watt panel and Bioenno 30ah LiFePo... Great combination!
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  8. NA4A

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    Victron Smart solar charge controller is also quiet.

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  9. W2JKT

    W2JKT Ham Member QRZ Page

    Here's the 13.2V, 485Ah battery I built for field day and remote operations from my vehicle or RV. It only weighs about 90lbs. On my RV I also have 800W of solar panels, so with decent weather I can be remote indefinitely, limited only by my water supply.

    Go big or go home. :D

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  10. N5MJ

    N5MJ QRZ Lifetime Member #98 Platinum Subscriber Life Member QRZ Page

    Nice carry-on. Would that be 485AH, or 485 CCA, as in a DC60-12 type?
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