[amsat-bb] Re: K4T Wind Turbine and Recordings

Robert Bruninga bruninga at usna.edu
Wed Mar 17 07:09:28 PDT 2010

>> There is a picture of the wind generator that 
>> was used to power all of the radios on the 
>> K4T Dry Tortugas dxpedition up on my webserver.

Yeah!  Glad to see some progress in Ham radio.  The worst thing
about Field Day is the noise of all the generators.  And that is
just so 1960's!  The price of solar has dropped by 50% in the
last few years to below $2 per watt, even $1/W for big (seconds)
panels and a 400W wind turbine is less than a $1 per watt and so
clean renewable energy is becoming very economical.

Reliance on generators and Gas is the worst and most short
sighted form of emergency preparedness.  It is estimated that
the real cost of a gallon of gas delivered to a remote comm
shelter in Afghanastan can cost as much as $400/gallon due to
the overloaded logistics requirements to get it there.  Same
goes for a hurricane or earthquake ravaged area.  Once you burn
up your can of gas, there is no more and you become part of the
problem, not the solution.  If you have any sun on your
property, consider using it.
I'm fighting my own city-hall to use mine...


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