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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: John <jh.graves@verizon.net>
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Date: Wed, 28 Mar 2012 09:50:34 -0400
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As much as I would like to be the source of those ideas.  Bob, WB2VUF, 
was the one that made the suggestion of using chalk line or clothes line 
reels as storage devices, as well as information on battery capacity and 
use.  Rick, DJ0ip / NJ0IP also had some suggestions on working 
portable.   This really is an amazing list and is a source of great 
ideas and suggestions.

John / WA1JG

On 3/28/2012 7:57 AM, Stephen Roberts wrote:
> 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!
> 73
> Steve
> 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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