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Another shout-out to BnT Smith and his great YouTube Channel! We're glad to see our products being put through their paces!

Check out this post on battery powered QRP:
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=VmikMeOg1gM
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Thanks Terry for the great review!

Back Country Cabin QRP
By Terry Smith NE4AM
August 3, 2017


I have been a campground host at Madison Campground for 4 months. It is very hard to make any radio contacts with the mountains very close by the campground and my site is under the powerlines ! I have MISSED using my qrp radio system and having contacts.

As National Park Volunteers we had the opportunity to use a one room log cabin that is 3 miles off of the road. I was excited about the chance to set up a qrp station and to make the cabin” radio active” . The hike was up hill most of the way. We were very remote and had to carry in all of our supplies including food and water purification to last for the two and a half days that we planned on being there.

My radio equipment included a QRP 10 20 40 Trail Friendly wire antenna from LNR Precision, a 28 watt foldable solar panel from BIOENNO power, an Elecraft qrp tuner, and a FT 817 with an Bioenno 120 watt hour power pack. This powerpack has a built in solar controller that can handle the 28 watt panel input. The solar panel has a USB plug off of the panel.

Arriving at the cabin there were chores to be done ; unbolt the window shutters , turn on the propane , air out the cabin as well as unpacking. I was tired from the hike up with a 40 pound backpack and a nap was in order.

It was our 31st anniversary so that evening after dinner we sat on the porch and enjoyed some adult beverages while watching the sun go down, and I left the radio packed.

The next day after breakfast I set up the radio and antenna. Conditions were long that day on 20 meters… to say the least. My first contact from the cabin in Montana was to Denver, the second was to the Ohanna Net in Hawaii with 5 watts! I was surprised to hear 53 to 55 reception report!

My antenna was 10 feet off the ground at the cabin and about 15 feet at the tree end, in a north to south configuration. The cabin is at 7240 feet elevation and my 5 watts made it to Hawaii. My third contact was to Prince George British, Columbia.

The solar panel in the background is for the cabin and is the National Park antenna mount. It is for the National Park H/T. In the foreground is my LNR Precision Trail Friendly antenna. One note about the cabin it does have 12 volt power. There is no other electrical device in the cabin except for a 12 volt compact fluorescent bulb.

At 1 pm Mountain Time I tuned to the 40 meter band and tried to check in to the Jefferson Noon Net, I made multiple attempts before I was heard and relayed into the net. Well it worked!

I had my powerpack and a 28 watt panel supplying power back to the powerpack. This kind of power and radio system works for me very well. This was my first use of the new battery and solar panel as well as the trail friendly antenna, all worked as I had hoped, better than I hoped .

The main thing about operation in a remote location is there is NO man made electrical noise!!

When I first put on the headphones it was a pleasure to hear such quiet the bands, one tends to forget how much noise civilization produces, hearing just the bands and no man made noise was a delight and easy to hear and enjoy the bands.

While I had just the one day to play radio there, it was so worth it. Yes there are lighter radios and power systems and solar panels, however I was happy with the system and how well it worked. I wish I could have spent a week there. I did not bring my key with me on the hike.

Next time I will bring my key.

This whole hike and stay at the cabin were a great opportunity that we were given. As we are in our RV and have limited room, I brought with me my radio basics for our 8 months volunteering. I am always looking for opportunities to enjoy QRP and remote operations.

Being remote with a QRP radio and battery pack and solar recharging capabilities allows you really unlimited radio time. It also gives you a wonderful feeling of being out in nature and using radio away from the shack with the desk and comfy chair. As you can see in the photo my desk was an old crate and my chair, a well-used cane chair.

Being remote also pushes you as a HAM to try new ways of enjoying the hobby.

In October we move to Silverton Oregon for 3 months and the radio conditions will be much better for my QRP rig. It will be much more open and I will have my 31 foot Eagle One Vertical Antenna up.

I had more fun doing this remote operation at the cabin than I can express in this article.

I encourage all of you to get out and be portable ANYWHERE.

As I have said many times… “Ham Radio is just TOO much fun”

73 de NE4AM


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We'll be at the Huntsville Hamfest in Rocket Town Alabama! Visit our dealer Hamsource at the Von Braun Civic Center.

We look forward to seeing you there!
http://www.hamfest.org/index.php
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How does our battery compare with others?
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=psjQ-FT6KY0&t=114s
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We will be at the Dayton Hamvention at the Green County Fairgrounds and Expo Center from May 19th to 21st through our dealer HamSource. We will be at Booth 3903-3906. If you are attending the event, please come visit us at our booth!
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KM4IPF Makes a Surprise Visit to Bioenno Power https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ypqDY0Rz47c
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Check out these product reviews on Youtube from our customers. https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=VSAh1pfcMXI
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We are going to NV Con from March 31 to April 2. Please visit our booth if you are attending NV Con in Las Vegas. http://nvcon.org/
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We will be in Long Beach for Fred Hall's Ultimate Outdoor Experience show From March 1 to march 5. We look forward to see you there. http://www.fredhall.com/long-beach/
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