100 Ah Battery

After talking with Andrew VK1NAM the other day, I thought others may be interested to see a few pictures of my 100Ah battery set up.

bat_01

The battery is a Rita Gel RA12-100 but any like battery would be just as good. It’s in a cheap plastic battery box ( $20 ) which protects the terminals from accidentally being shorted. I have one lead out with a plug fitting which matches all my radio equipment, there is also a cigaret type plug and a volt meter with on/off switch so I can keep an eye on voltage levels of the battery.

Voltage Meter with on/off switch

Voltage Meter with on/off switch

 

Battery with fuses to both leads.

Battery with fuses to both leads.

 

Lid showing wiring to plug and volt meter

Lid showing wiring to plug and volt meter

Now this is definitely NOT for use in your back pack on a mountain top, it weighs a tone however, for use in VK WWFF parks where you can drive to the location, this is a great power source.  Working with 20 watts on the FT-857 this has provide plenty of power for many hours.

73,   Garry VK2GAZ / VK2YA

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2 Responses to 100 Ah Battery

  1. Hi Garry,
    Thanks for the QSO yesterday, I enjoyed the chat from Billy Range in the ACT Namadgi National Park. I started the ascent at 7.30 am where the temp was minus 4.5 degrees C. After 2 hours, 2.5 km on 4wd tracks and 2 km of scrub bashing the temp on the summit was 2.5 degrees, brr. Thanks for posting the notes on your 100 Ah battery and battery box, all very interesting. As always, a pleasure to have you in the SOTA log 🙂
    73, Andrew VK1NAM

  2. Pingback: SOTA – Billy Range Namadgi NP | Get out of the Radio Shack and Live Life

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