[TenTec] POWERING SCOUT VIA BATTERY
wb2vuf at verizon.net
Sun Dec 3 22:01:25 EST 2017
I have a Battery Tender to keep the battery in my vintage semi-retired
Ford Explorer topped off. The Battery Tender really works. For standby
use, you don't want an automotive battery. Better to use a deep cycle
battery. Rather than a wet cell or gel cell, I'd suggest the "AGM"
(Absorbed Glass Mat) type battery or the LiFePO4 type. They have a
higher energy density, though a higher cost than lead acid batteries.
Yes, some generators put out pretty ratty AC. The better ones use sine
wave inverters (pure sine wave, not the approximation that looks like a
stepped square wave).
The scout will do very well at reduced power. I never run mine above 30
watts. I ran it on a battery for Filed Day and it did very well. I got
most contacts, CW and SSB on the first call.
On 12/3/2017 7:14 AM, Carter wrote:
> On 12/2/2017 11:11 PM, Alan via TenTec wrote:
>> IN MY QTH LOCATION NORTH OF SEATTLE WE EXPERIENCE 10-12 POWER OUTAGES
>> I AM THINKING ABOUT RUNNING THE SCOUT FROM A 12V 50 AH SLA AND
>> CHARGER AT 10W POWER LEVEL ANY SUGGESTIONS REGARDING TRICKLE CHARGE
> Not sure about size, don't know if you have much choice -- a "trickle"
> is a "trickle".
> However, I DO know that you want a type of trickle charger called a
> "battery tender". This is an intelligent trickle charger that will not
> ultimately boil your battery dry like a conventional trickle charger.
> Typically about $20-25 bucks. Look up 'battery tender' on Amazon. (no
> connection, they just have a nice selection that will give you an idea
> what to look for at your neighborhood auto parts store)
> Good luck!
> Carter K8VT
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