Best Portable Ham Radio Battery Setup

Discussion in 'Amateur Radio News' started by K7JSG, Sep 17, 2021.

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  1. W2JKT

    W2JKT Ham Member QRZ Page

    It's 485Ah worth of LFP cells. Current is limited to 250A by the BMS.
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  2. K9RDU

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    I came across a simple, cheap solution quite by accident. It's not the best or lightest, but it works well. Mobility scooter batteries. They are sealed, have a really long shelf life, 100ah and up can handle ridiculous discharge rates (often 300-400a off a single battery), cheap, replacements and chargers are available almost everywhere, and they can be had with a wide variety of terminals to suit your needs. I have had excellent luck with UPG batteries on Amazon.
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  3. N7KO

    N7KO Ham Member QRZ Page

    I do not have any pictures of my battery set up, but it consist of four pocket radio 9 volt batteries, I am guessing all four weigh about 6 ounces.
    QRP and CW using a Mountain Topper transceiver not much bigger than a deck of cards. This gives me more fun than a Fox has in a hen house.
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  4. K6OWF

    K6OWF Ham Member QRZ Page

    I just put together my first dual band station. I too is mobile and features a Bioenno 20AH battery with a 100 watt solar back up. The guys in the club want me to create a story about how I did it........ Is a video hard to do or is it easier making an e-book-let.... ? My design is a combination of some other stations. It's pretty neat if I must say so my self...... 73, Bob
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  5. AG6QR

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    Based on what I've seen on YouTube, I believe it's very easy to fire up a camera and blather in a rambling fashion in front of it. A minimal-effort video probably takes less effort to produce than a minimal-effort text article.

    But I hope you set your quality standards above the bottom rung. It's quite a bit harder to produce a well-edited educational video that demonstrates something clearly, with a minimum of distractions.

    There are a lot of small things that can distract from video content: Poor lighting, echoing audio, vocal habits, cluttered background, poor script (or no script at all), etc.

    It's hard to produce and edit video well.

    It's also hard to write and edit text well. But at least there are far fewer technical issues with text; it's only a matter of getting the right words in the right order to make your point clear. When producing a video, you also must get the right words in the right order, but there are a host of other potential problems to trip you up, even after you get the words right.

    I believe written text is usually kinder to your audience, because it makes it easy for them to process the content at their own pace.

    There are subjects where the motion of the video aids understanding in a way that no text can. There are other subjects where text combined with photos can do the job very well. And there are subjects where no photos are needed.

    For an presentation on a battery for ham radio use, I'd go with text, plus a couple of photos.
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  6. K6OWF

    K6OWF Ham Member QRZ Page

    Thanks so much for the feedback. I'm working on the text as a bettter than average writer. And I'm also working on a story board. Our club N7LGN has begun a YouTube page for such projects. I'll let you know when we get something to look at. I saw a couple mobile stations that set me to work on my own. I remember thinking "surely other hams would want such a clean easy to use set up." I think it will be fun to get feed back how I could/would have done it better. It's part of being a ham right? 73, Bob
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  7. KN4NZT

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    Thanks for the video, but why the battery and the power pack? Why not either a larger power pack or a larger battery with an inverter? The BPP-160 power pack is a lithium battery and inverter with ac and dc outlets, a battery charger and solar charge controller all packaged in a single highly portable case. What am I missing?

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