Battery power for my portable station

I have just published a short video on how I setup for powering my portable ham radio station.

New Power System

The video above does not go into great detail about how important a revolution the LiFePo4 battery is. These batteries have around twice the energy density of a Lead Acid battery. They have a flat voltage discharge curve and they can be recharged around 2500 times. LiFePo4 batteries are more expensive and require a different charging system they are revolutionary for portable operations.

This system is larger than I would need for a POTA activation or the like. It is intended to be setup for longer term deployments, with multiple radios and more.

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Setting up a Raspberry Pi

I have been “messing about” with the Raspberry Pi for a couple of years now. One of the great uses for the Pi is general-purpose computing for small scale projects. One of those projects is Amateur Radio. Most of our application needs for a dedicated station computer work well on the Pi. Here is my second Youtube video on my portable ham station:

https://youtu.be/P6-rxPs_nVE

In this video I show how to setup the Pi from scratch and install a system of managing Ham Radio applications on the Pi.

Many Thanks to fellow Youtube publishers who have helped me out along the way here.

Jason KM4ACK

https://www.youtube.com/user/jasonoleham

Justin OH8STN

https://www.youtube.com/channel/UC3xxr5EeFDtxnuHTWsDu2rA

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A day of Celebration!

Today I setup my G90 outside on the patio and played radio for parts of the day. Well computers and radio! I helped a friend update his G90 to the latest firmware. We did some basic testing of a magnetic loop antenna for portable use!

I found out what the problem with my big loop antenna was! I have a bad lightning arrestor. Polyphaser here I come.

As I write this I am doing the final uploads to my new YouTube Channel of two videos about how I am building my Portable Ham Radio Station!

A good day.

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