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I use the ICOM 7000 for mobile and fixed operations. However,when taking HAM radio outdoors I like the QRP solar setup shown in the photo. The excellent weather in South Carolina allows operations outdoors all year.
When operating QRP,the radio of choice is theYaesu FT 817ND running 5 watts. The solar array shown in the photos lets me operate uninterrupted from sunrise to sunset. The solar cells keep a small 8 amp-hour external battery and the FT 817 internal batteries charged. SSB phone and PSK31 contacts throughout the world are regular using this simple setup. QRP operations have made me a far more patient individual. And using a great antenna like the G5RV dipole and paying close attention to minimizing SWR, QRP contacts are very reliable.
Also used is a new, higher power solar system that keeps a 12 volt marine battery charged. This new system allows use of the Icom 7000 in the park all day using the sun, and well into the night on residual battery power.
In my shack is a digipeater (digital repeater) to aid users of APRS (KQ4G-1). It's enjoyable to use APRS (www.aprs.fi) to track airplanes (amateurs who fly), high altitude balloons (such as Adler out of Chicago), ships and boats around the world, hikers, and my personal vehicles. While there are many uses for APRS, it is an excellent tool for first responders, search and rescue teams, and special events where amateurs can help track bikers and runners.
Amateur radio is a truly amazing hobby and service, and with the traditional and many newer modes available, it is a never- ending challenge as we develop and implement new capabilities.
Thanks again for looking me up!!
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