Re: Project : Ubitx go box with batteries (topic will be updated upon works done)

Jack, W8TEE

I used a similar setup in the Projects book, but added a regulator to protect the battery:

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In this photo, I'm charging a 12V SLAB. The setup works quite well.

Jack, W8TEE

On Tuesday, August 27, 2019, 9:37:07 AM EDT, adrien.grelet@... <adrien.grelet@...> wrote:

Bob WB8BEL sent me an email with its setup. He allowed me to post it here.

Hi Bob,

Thanks a lot for this share. It's very interesting !

I've received your answer as a private email. Do you mind if I post it on the thread for other hams to read it ?

Thx and 73

Adrien F4IJA

Le 27/08/2019 à 14:19, Bob Fischer, Fischer Technical Services a écrit :
Hi Adrien,
I thought you might like to see what I put together for a backpack.
12 NiMH AA batteries = 14.4 Volts.  A 5W solar panel rated 0.28 A at 17.9 V to charge the battery pack.   Three sets of Anderson power pole connectors connected with wire nuts.
My V3 uBITX consumes less than 2W on receive.  Using this batteries-only setup, I get about 5W SSB output on 40M with the same antenna I use to get around 15W with my 13.8V, 25A power supply.
I assume current is being limited by the relatively high resistances of the AA batteries and the small wires on the battery holders.
I expect to get more RF output with the battery pack plus one of the Sun-lit solar panels but I have not tried that yet.
I have not done any testing on battery life (with or without the solar panel attached).
Everything came bargain-priced from eBay.  The 5W panel was less than $10.  As a Matter of fact, I have also purchased a couple of 10W solar panels for less than $13 each from eBay.
I have not tried to measure but concur with the others who have estimated transmit power consumption at around 25W.
I have been a Ham for over 50 years.  It has been a long time since I have had more fun than I have been having with my little uBITX.  Good SSB signal reports from all over the US, the Caribbean and South America.


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