Yellowstone Park K-0070 | Parks On The Air Adventure and Lessons Learned


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.

8 Responses

  1. Werner DC8QT says:

    Hello Rich,

    very nice Fotos and Video. I wich we over here in Europe would have such a beautiful National Parc.
    Thank you.

    My question is in regard to the batteries you used to run the IC 7000 full Power? Is it part of the Camper and
    what is the Ah and how do you charge it (during Drive, Solarpanel, Generator?

    Thank you for all the good Stuff on your Videos

    vy 73 de Werner, DC8QT nr. Frankfurt Germany

    • K0PIR says:

      Hi Werner,

      It’s nice to hear from you and thank you for the comments.

      The battery for the Icom 7300 in the camper is a marine battery. I believe it is about 80Ah and charged when on shore power with a marine batt charger.

      For mobile I have two batteries and the one for the Icom 7000 is a marine batt and about 80Ah. It’s charged when running the engine. The trick for that is the voltage booster used when the engine is not running. The 7000 as you probably know needs voltage and will either not put out much power or will shut down when voltage is low.

      I got an inexpensive voltage booster off Ebay and with the engine off I get close to 100 watts outs and the 7000 hasn’t shut down on me yet. So I’m pretty happy with it. You can find it here: DC 12V To DC 13.8V 25A 345W Boost Power Step Up Converter Regulator Module New

      I hope this helps.

      Rich, K0PIR

      • Werner says:

        Hi Rich,

        Thank you for the Information on the Booster. I just ordered one. I currently use a solution with a
        high capacity ( 1F) capacitor like the ones in Car Audio Booster.

        I’ll let you know how my IC 7000 likes the “new” power.

        And: please continue with your great Videos on IC 7300 and KX2


        Werner, DC8QT

        • K0PIR says:

          Hi Werner,

          Thank you for leaving a comment and I am very interested in how it works for you. As I said, I have been using it and it’s been about a year I believe. No problems and it works good for an inexpensive booster. The others I looked at were $100+.

          Rich, K0PIR

  2. George Salinas KD4FJ says:

    Thanks for the tips on operating in the field. Thanks for the videos and software setup for the Ic 7300 and the IC 7610.

  3. Dick Boley says:

    I am interested in your comments on the TarHeel. You mentioned keeping it away from the metal on the RV. Wondered how you had it set up – on ground, above ground, radials ground or above?

    Dick N3HKN with “park envy”

    • K0PIR says:

      Hi Dick,

      Nice to hear from you and thank you for commenting.

      I used the Tarheel while it was on the bumper of my vehicle. I just detach the coax at the base and run a coax from the Tarheel to the camper. I pull the vehicle away from the camper because it will interfere with the SWR on the Tarheel if it is too close (within 4 ft. or so). I try to get it as far away as possible though. I have a memory controller so when I change bands I go to the vehicle and hit a button. When I need to I use my MINI60 to tune the Tarheel.

      It’s an older Tarheel 200A and works just great. I am very happy with it. I get 59 reports all of the time. It is mounted to the steel bumper of my vehicle. It’s got good grounding and bonding.

      Someday I am going to mount an antenna on the camper. I haven’t decided how to do it yet.

      Rich, K0PIR

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