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Ham Radio Workbench Podcast

This podcast is your bi-weekly deep dive on making, DIY, electronics, and technical topics of interest to the ham radio operator. Join your hosts George KJ6VU and Jeremy KF7IJZ as they discuss current developments in ham radio while introducing listeners to a plethora of topics and skills such as test equipment, 3D Printing, Arduino, Raspberry Pi, and more.

Oct 23, 2018

George KJ6VU is away at Pacificon so Nick KN6NK stops by to deep dive on Solar Power fundamentals.  We talk about understanding your power requirements, sizing your batteries, and how to factor your solar production needs.  We also talk about solar charge controllers to tie it all together. Jeremy KF7IJZ also gives a basic overview of Ubiquiti Unifi networking equipment.

Save 10% off of a PowerFilm Solar 30 Watt Panel with Anderson Powerpole Adapter with code WORKBENCH 10 at checkout (through Dec 31, 2018) - 30 Watt Foldable Solar Panel with Anderson Powerpole Adapter

Save $100 on the Digilent Analog Discovery 2 Package by using code “HamRadioWorkbench2018” in your cart prior to checkout -

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BrandMeister Talkgroup 31075 -

Light-weight Portable Rugged Thin Film Solar Panels from PowerFilm Solar -

Desoldering Iron

Hakko Desoldering Iron

uBITx spectral purity fixes

D-Link vulnerabilities

Solar Exposure Map KWh/m^2/day -

Solar Energy Potential Maps in Watt Hours / foot^2 / day -

Great Scott DIY Solar Tracker

KN6NK's Solar Charge Controller

Genasun Maximum Power Point Tracking Solar Charge Controllers -

West Mountain Radio Epic PWRgate and Solar Charge Controller

Victron Energeny Battery Monitor

Turnigy Power Monitor

West Mountain Radio PWRCheck Power Monitor -

Welding Cable

MC4 Solar Pannel Connectors

Managing 12 Volts

Achieving Energy Independence

Home Power magazine

Jehu Garcia


Charging and Discharging Batteries at the Same Time -

KN6NK's Trailer Build -