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:
> 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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