I have a TenTec Scout that I used portable at a club picnic.
I used a used 90 amp marine deep-cycle battery for power,
and it seldom puts out 12V, usually about 11.75. I worked
mostly 20 meters, with a 20 meter dipole in a tree and across
a picnic pavilion, antenna height 15' at best. It was North
America SSB QSO Party. In an hour of intermittent operation,
I made 23 contacts, nearly all answering on the first call. Worked
California, New Jersey, Oregon, Washington, Texas, Colorado,
Arizona, Ohio, British Columbia, Alberta, Manitoba in Canada,
and Puerto Rico on 15 meters. The Ohio was 40 meters, this
is with a 33' dipole fed through a MFJ 949E tuner of course.
Heard Spain but couldn't reach him, maybe off the end of the
antenna. My station location was northeast Arkansas. The other
club members, mostly Tech Plus hams, were impressed to say
the least. I now have the Scout in my van, and have a Hustler
resonator on top on a mag mount. Worked a Minnesota QRP
station today mobile on 40 meters. Mainly have the rig in the van
to try to improve my code copy speed. I know the rig is not the
best in comparison with others, but it works for me.
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> Subject: [TenTec] Using the scout mobile.
> Date: Saturday, November 22, 1997 5:24 PM
> I have had no luck in using the scout mobile when the rig operates from a
> simple 12 volt source. (i.e.: Small motor cycle battery.)I imagine you
> use some thing similar on your bike.
> It seems the rig is designed for a supply voltage nearer to 14 volts.
> This is Ok when you are in the car and the battery and alternator etc,
> delivering about 14 volts ... but from 12 volts I had distortion in the
> audio, and severe (non mechanical) drift in the rig.
> Maybe qrp will work. A shame when it is rated at 50 watts.
> I was trying it out at about 25 watts... and gave it away as a bad joke.
> A serious design fault on Ten Tec's behalf I am afraid.
> Maybe the gang can recommend a fix!
> Maurie. VK3CWB.
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