We have survived 2 Club nights at our Clubhouse and it’s great to meet and mix again.
A new Calendar is up under Meetings for most of July, we look forward to seeing you there.
The Highcliff site Solar array was given a good test during the month when the AC power was removed from the UHF DMR repeater. This was backfeeding DC into our new battery bank with the Solar just doing a morning top up Bulk Charge.
So we ran 665, APRS and the UHF DMR totally on Solar for nearly a month but Martin restored the backup just before the winter solstice as the battery charge was heading down hill.
Load during this time was 1.9 Amp, 24/7 and it all performed well.
Allan has a new PCB to integrate with the Solar DC System. This will allow remote switching of our services to balance load vs solar and battery capacity.
The 22nd July Meeting will focus on AREC matters. We would like to see as many as possible attend to help judge future AREC directions.
We have had some great talks and discussion re the current wave of VNA units, it’s really interesting learning to make use of such clever kit.
And a number of our crew have taken delivery of new Solar regulators to make further steps towards a Solar Shack.
If anyone would like to head down the same track, please contact ZL4TAE