Solar Kit Installation For Portable Ham Station

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K0PIR

I'm an Amateur Radio enthusiast. I love the hobby and experimenting with radios, antennas and software. On my YouTube channel I upload videos on the Icom 7300 and Icom 7610 along with Ham radio software programs. I hope to inspire people to try new things in Amateur Radio.

6 Responses

  1. blank Barry Youmans says:

    Hi Rich, I’d be interested in how you’re powering your IC-7300, directly from the battery or through the inverter feeding a typical 13.8 VDC power supply. My IC-7610 gets rather squirrely (VCO/PLL unlocks) when the DC input voltage drops below ~ 12.2 VDC. So does my IC-7000 even more so. I might need to either add a 2 volt 150 aH single cell battery in series to my 150 aH deep cycle battery, (making a ~ 14 volt battery) or use one of the voltage boosters sold that have been proven to be “quiet”. Thanks, Barry KI8B

  2. blank Dave Riehl says:

    Envy you going dry camping up there in God’s country. I grew up about 100 miles north of you in Raleigh, NoDak. Call was WN0HSG, rare DX for the novices at the time!

    • blank K0PIR says:

      Hi Dave,
      Good to hear from you and I hope all is well.
      Right after I have a contact with someone and they thank me for South Dakota, they often ask me if I know anyone in North Dakota 😀
      I am grateful for the opportunity to live in this area.
      Take care, be safe and best 73!

  3. blank K0PIR says:

    Hi Barry,
    It’s good to hear from you and I hope all is well.
    In my vehicle I use a voltage booster. It is an inexpensive one from China, but it does work with my IC-7000.
    In my camper I am running the 7300 off of the AGM batteries without issue.
    Best 73!

  4. blank Jan A. Heise says:

    Rich,
    Nice upgrade to the RV. I appreciate all the info. I use my IC-7300 in my travel trailer portable and have always cranked up the EU-2000 when needed. I was interested in the cables lying on the roof. Do you leave them connected when traveling, which makes sense? How are they routed down off the roof? Cable management from the roof has been a concern of mine. Also, have you investigated the Lithium Ion batteries. They are expensive, but supposed to pay off long term.
    73, Jan K4QD

  5. blank K0PIR says:

    Hi Jan,
    It is nice to hear from you and I hope all is well where you are.
    Yes the cables are secured on the roof with screws and wire clamps. I bought a weatherproof waterproof gang box for the wiring. I drilled a hole through the roof and above the cabinets so the cabling goes inside the cabinets and then down the wall to the storage area under the bench seat. I used Panduit to cover the wires on the wall.
    Yeah I heard a lot about the lithium ion batteries at QuartzFest and I plan on getting them in the future. I’ll probably buy batteries that come out of an electric car. The Nissan batteries are popular and lightweight.
    Thank you so much for commenting, stay safe and best 73!

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