Once upon a time (two years ago)... in a distant land (New Jersey).... Gordon W2TTT gave a presentation
at a BARA meeting on his "Radio in a Box". Well I never forgot it, and this is my version of it.
The outer box
is a watertight ammo box. The radio in this picture is a
Yaesu FT-857D, but it as well as all my radios are mounted
on slide brackets and fitted with Anderson PowerPoles making them interchangeable.
|Rear shows patch cords from the radio to the BNC "T" and into the TGE Booster
Power is supplied by any car battery (at home my back-up is a marine battery fitted with a Anderson
PowerPole pigtail set). I have a set of PowerPoles on the power line and can plug in a set of battery
clamps to get
power from any source.
The 12 volts input goes into a TGE Battery Booster (40Amp version). The booster will take as low
as 9 volts and output will be a pretty steady 15 if you set it that way. I set mine to 10 volts min in and 14 volts out. The
booster has an HF RF output sensor. When switched on it will only boost when your HF rig is keyed, saving battery power. There
is a constant
ON position for FM operation.
|Everything purchased was overkill for me, but in an emergency It is an expansive set up
Boosted power (14 volts) then enters a 4012 RigRunner from
West Mountain Radio. With Anderson
PowerPoles It distributes the voltage (also, up to 40 Amps) evenly using seperate fuses of different sizes as needed. This
RigRunner has an over voltage alarm (pretty loud) which I set for 14.5 volts. This comes in very handy when using my
adjustable voltage power supply at home.