Shack in a bed
Julian Moss, G4ILO, is a regular contributor to AmateurRadio.com and writes from Cumbria, England. Contact him at [email protected].
The Elekraft KX3 has become my shack in the bed. It is connected to the antenna using 10 m cable from eBay. Olga takes radio upstairs to charge batteries. I wish the charger had a tricle charge so we could leave radio connected to power continuously.
Hi there Julian,
I use a cheap SLA battery ( about $20 US),a 12v 9AH and a small motorcycle type trickle charger. Works very well for me and radio gives 10-12w out if wanted running on the battery.
Hi Julian, I recommend you purchase a “Battery Tender, Jr.” on Amazon. I bought one several years ago for keeping my QRP battery at the ready and it’s great because you can leave it connected to your battery all the time if you like because it monitors the charge on the battery and only turns on if it needs to. I also use mine at the start of mowing season to throw a full charge on my lawn tractor’s 12 volt battery. It’s only a trickle charge because it usually takes 24 hours to full charge my lawn tractor’s battery after it having sat all through our 5 month long off-mowing winter season. Very low priced also at $20 to $25 dollars (£12-£15 GBP) depending upon the Amazon seller you choose. Check them out at http://bit.ly/batterytenderjr Very 72 de KU4GW