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Solar Powered Ham RadioHi.  I’m Dave, WB7OBG. I live in Phoenix, Arizona where there is no shortage of sunshine. The idea of a solar-powered ham radio station has always intrigued me.

We’re going to start out small, inexpensive and low-power.

I have an Elecraft KX-1 and currently power it from a 12V 7AH gel cell.  I’ll be using a small (20 watt) solar panel and charge controller to charge the battery.

My handheld of choice is the Kenwood TH-F6A. Keeping things simple, We’ll be charging it from the 12V gel cell.

From there we’ll see where solar powered hamradio it takes us.

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  1. Hi Dave,

    Just found your website. Wow. You have done a great job providing information on solar power for ham radio. This topic is on my list for my shack. Thanks for sharing this information to those of us looking for a solution. I will be spending time on your site from time to time to learn about seeing up my system.

    My shack radio is a Yaesu FT-897D and my HT is a Yaesu VX-8DR. My antennas are an MFJ Loop MFJ-1786 and a Learning from your site will help me prepare for Field Day 2015 among other things.

    73
    Robert Bell
    KF5YXA

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