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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: Stephen Roberts <steverob@shoreham.net>
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Date: Wed, 28 Mar 2012 07:57:14 -0400
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Hi John,

Could you provide more specifics for antenna and L tuner? I'd like to do the 
same on 40m with my Argosy. I love the idea of using a carpenters chalk line 
reel. It even has a crank up handle!


On Mar 27, 2012, at 10:29 PM, Bwana Bob wrote:

> John:
> 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.
>                 73,
>                 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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