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Re: [TenTec] Using an Argosy in the Field

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Subject: Re: [TenTec] Using an Argosy in the Field
From: Bwana Bob <wb2vuf@verizon.net>
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Date: Tue, 27 Mar 2012 22:29:12 -0400
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Make a reel-out dipole with a couple of those camper's clothesline reels 
or carpenter's chalk line reels. Just remove the string and replace it 
with wire. Another good antenna is an end-fed half wave with a short 
counterpoise and a simple L-network tuner.  I have run My Scout portable 
on a 7 amp hour battery and the Scout running at 30W output. If you run 
the Argosy at the 10W level, the battery will last maybe 2 or 3 hours 
between charges. 7 amp hour batteries are plentiful. You could hook up 
the battery through  a resistor to the cigarette lighter plug and use 
the car battery to charge it, while the 7 amp hour battery, isolated by 
the resistor, handles the transmitting surge current. Most lighter plugs 
are only good for about 10 amps.


                 Bob WB2VUF

On 3/27/2012 3:02 PM, John wrote:
> I am considering going on a trip and taking my Argosy with me.  Does
> anyone have any tips or suggestions regarding either a reasonable size
> battery to take? Or any other power sources?   Has anyone powered an
> Argosy off a car battery using a cigarette lighter connection?
> What are good choices for portable antennas?  I guess I would start with
> a buddy-pole or similar antenna and go from there.  I will probably be
> in a compact car, not a van or camper.
> I guess if I am going to jump into something I might as well go with
> both feet.  All suggestions welcome.
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