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[aprssig] Re: More thoughts on (was) Connected Packet now UPS

Ray McKnight shortsheep at worldnet.att.net
Tue Dec 28 22:51:02 UTC 2004


Bill, are you suggesting this actually WORKS?
I have a 300 watt inverter (500 surge), and it
Draws OVER 30 AMPS.  No car alternator will put
Out enough current to keep up with the drain at idle.
Are you willing to put a brick on your gas pedal and
Idle at 3,000 RPM to get enough current?

I KNOW, I tried it, and within an hour or two my little
300-watt inverter will kill the battery WHILE THE CAR IS
IDLING!  And 300 watts isn't very much to work with.

For any real extended operation a generator is absolutely
Critical.

-----Original Message-----
From: aprssig-bounces at lists.tapr.org [mailto:aprssig-bounces at lists.tapr.org]
On Behalf Of Bill Vodall
Sent: Tuesday, December 28, 2004 10:36
To: TAPR APRS Mailing List
Subject: [aprssig] Re: More thoughts on (was) Connected Packet now UPS


> >  My station is designed to 
> > operate as an emergency BBS, Digi, and KAnode during emergency times 
> > (defined as loss of commercial power)  It will NOT be an APRS station 
> > during those times (the computer will not be powered)

Isn't everybody's ham station (APRSdos at least),  Cable or DSL modem, and
Wireless Access point on a UPS?   With some means for recharging, like an
inverter
and a long cord to the power system on the car - that gives nearly perpetual
communications
capabilities.

Bill


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