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Default Emergency power alternatives

"Bill Horne, W1AC" wrote in message
Fellow ham,

A post from LA4RT has made me realize that "Human powered" power
generation is too narrow a scope for this discussion, so I'm starting a
new thread.

Let's hear ideas about alternative sources of power for radios: we might
be unable to find steam-driven units ;-) but there's always more that
one way to skin a cat.

I'll ask that some methods be omitted, for the reasons shown:

1. Portable generators - too expensive, and they can't go on airplanes.
2. Solar - can't rely on sunlight, especially after a
weather-related incident.

There are probably designs for power generation in undeveloped areas, so
let's see pointers to that kind of info along with the "Store bought"



Bill W1AC


Way back when car generators were true generators, we built a tower, put a
drone target propeller on a generator, put three car batteries with a
standard controller and used it to power our huge vacuum tube radio receiver
in Veracruz, Mexico.

We could pick up Del-Rio, and that's about it. Certainly not enough juice to
power a transmitter.

But think wind power and batteries to accumulate enough energy to maybe work
for a while.

Until a Sterling engine can be built cheap enough to pack it into the field
then use a campfire for power.... I'm voting for the Sterling as a future
source in that it can use reflected solar onto a pinpoint external
combustion device, as well as a fire, a candle, a kerosene lamp, gasoline, a
torch, an LP tank and nozzle... very, very versatile.


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