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[aprssig] Optima Batteries?

Scott Miller scott at opentrac.org
Wed Mar 30 18:30:18 UTC 2005

Sounds expensive and heavy.  You shouldn't need anything exotic.  I use 85
Ah deep-cycle house brand marine batteries from Costco.  I think they're
around $45.  Not sure about the weight - I'd guess maybe 35 lbs.  Not at
home right now or I'd check.


----- Original Message ----- 
From: "Josh Keller" <jeepin95 at comcast.net>
To: "TAPR APRS Mailing List" <aprssig at lists.tapr.org>
Sent: Wednesday, March 30, 2005 10:20 AM
Subject: [aprssig] Optima Batteries?

> My SAR group has 2 repeaters setup in ammo cans for portable operation.
> One is a D700 that operates as a digi for APRS, the other is a link for
> the SAR freq (not used yet). At this point they have only ever been set
> in a vehicle with mag mounts but we're looking to make them portable.
> Has anyone ever tried the Optima Yellow Top batteries for this? I was
> thinking something along the lines of the D31A-OY. Autozone.com has them
> for $189.99. The "reserve capacity" appears to be 75Ah but it weighs in
> at 59lbs. Also looking at the 51R-OY which Autozone has for $139.99 and
> it only weighs 26lbs but 41Ah.
> Anybody had experience with these for this type of work? They would
> probably be kept on an autocharger in the front of a trailer until needed.
> Thanks,
> Josh
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