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MFJ 40-meter CW Cub Transceiver Kit/Good Start? Feb 4th 2015, 02:42 3 1,334 on 4/2/15

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best solar panel vs RFI K6CA on 4/2/15
Wow...
I just saw the dates on these posts.

This guy is probably on the moon by now with a solar rocket! Sorry about that...

Well, if anyone thinks my rig will work to power me up or if I need more power let me know.
Thanks
Chris KC1CYM
best solar panel vs RFI K6CA on 4/2/15
I just built a portable solar generator with a 100W Renogy panel and it's working great.
My rig is contained in a Craftsman tool box and I built a cage/frame for the panel with a handcart/dolly built into that for easy bug out. It's hooked up to a deep cycle marine battery and a 500W Craftsman inverter. No, it's not that simple but you can find all of the schematics online and Renogy even gives you the full Monty if you buy the "starter kit." In the end that can charge any electronic device, phone, computer, etc. and even run my pellet stove. I'm sure it could run a ham without breaking a sweat.

Just check local laws, as I think you can only do so much with solar now if you don't have an electrician handy. Go figure...we find a source of free energy and Washington finds a way to dip in. Of course, a couple of 100W panels can shut you down hard if you're not careful, so don't skimp on the fuses, sir.

I'm actually new to ham radio and am in the process of scouting out the internet for some used gear to get on the air. I've got a handheld, which of course I can charge with my solar rig but the range is not even enough to get me to the closest repeater.

If I get set up and power up with the solar, I'll chime back in.

I think the question you need answered, and I guess I will as well, is just how much power do we need to power a 100W rig for instance? My solar rig can put out 500W from the marine battery, though I'm not totally sure how long it will push that out, with or without sunshine to back it up.

Chris KC1CYM

MFJ 40-meter CW Cub Transceiver Kit/Good Start? KC1CYM on 4/2/15
Zack,
First of all...thank you for saving me the $$.

I really don't want to go digital. Hardware, not software is what I'm looking for. During an emergency, the first thing I make into a 30lb paperweight is my computer.

I've got plenty of area and opportunity for an antenna, so no foul there. I'll cross that bridge when I have the bicycle to go over it with.
I was hoping that the cub was something I could....build up from, but if it's not expandable then it gets taken out of the running. Again...Thank you!

Even "kits" for 100W rigs are $700 or so and I've seen used rigs in good shape in that ball park. So....I think I will just keep trolling the internet for an estate sale or two, to see what I can grab. Once I learn how to ride the bike, then maybe I'll try to build my own.
That will be a good project once a get a home station in place. I have also toyed with setting up the Jeep with a mobile first, as they seem like they can be a little less pricey but then I'd be sitting outside in it all the time and it's not that comfortable, really.

Guess I'm going fishing the internet again!
Thanks for the guidance,

Chris KC1CYM
MFJ 40-meter CW Cub Transceiver Kit/Good Start? KC1CYM on 4/2/15
Not sure if I'm in the correct sub topic, but here goes...

MFJ 40-meter CW Cub Transceiver Kit that is for sale here on the ARRL site.
Is it a good and fairly inexpensive way to get on the air? I just got my license a month ago and have been doing more looking on line than working towards getting on the air.

My girl and I have the couple of handhelds that so far all we've done is monitor services during emergencies. I'd like to get at least enough power to get to a repeater, the closest of which is 7 miles away.

I'd like to put it into a portable suitcase (if this is possible?) eventually or even from the get-go if that's the best platform for something of this size. The suitcase idea, I'd like to explore hooking up to a portable solar generator that I just finished building. Of course, home station is priority just to get on the air.

From the looks of it, no matter what location it ends up, I'd need a mic and a speaker and some other peripherals, which I'm sure the book, that's sold along side the MFJ gives me all this, I was just looking for a whack on the side of the head to see if this is a good direction to go.

I've been looking at new and used and antiques and "fix-err-uppers" and kits....and I'm nervous about which way to go. I had a great time building the solar project so I'd been thinking I'd go the kit route. Of course I looked at some Mega-Digital-Coffee-Maker-Kitchen-Sink-Transceiver kits that seemed to cost just a much as one put together by someone who actually knows what he's doing!

But!...if I'm going to spend just as much on extra's to get me up & running this small kit, then I might as well fork over the cash up front. I'm not broke by any means but I'm starting out here and dropping two or three grand isn't my first choice.

So, if anyone has used these or has any thoughts on which way I should turn my sails, I'd appreciate the input.

Thanks much,
Chris
KC1CYM
Wareham, MA
Do you prefer physical books or books in electronic format? k9bq on 5/1/15
Hmm....I see I tipped the scales with my vote.
Kind of proof that since only three people voted a lot of hams are on the radio and reading books and not their computers. Just kidding....

Actually I studied for my tech exam on Ham Test Online and am still using it just to get knowledge and push for my General. I have a study guide but only used it at home at the end of the day. With the online tool I studied on lunch at work or while waiting for the laundry to finish or while boiling water...etc, etc ad infinitum, so I always had my studies with me.

I'm no spring chicken, late summer rooster would be more appropriate, and I work a lot. I supervise a food service distribution transportation department and go go go is a slow day. So...when I can find a way to sneak in some study I do. Carrying literature and music on one small device....I'm all in.

I do like old fashioned and for Pete's sake, I used to run a bookstore but if I carried all the books I read and the music I listen to....I would definitely look my age.

I think, all kidding aside that we could revitalize the interest in becoming licensed if it were more online ready. Yea, I get that this is not an online thing....it's real and hands on. That's one of the things that drew me here but getting on board, online access really helped me.

Of course my opinion may change, and I may drop off this forum altogether once I build my first radio and you can't pry me away from it....time will tell I suppose.

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