08-13-2010, 06:56 AM
Crotchety Old Bastard
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Join Date: Apr 2005
I can see two 'problems' with solar powering a radio. The first is that the solar panel will be larger than you might think to produce adequate power. The second problem is expense. After everything is considered, solar power runs about $5 per amp of current. That's a really 'general' sort of cost figure, but about typical. Especially when on foot, a 'third' problem is carrying all that stuff.
Huge number of variables in all that, starting with sun shine. Absolutely NOT impossible, just not very convenient.
(Not the same by any means, but the local club has been checking about solar powering a repeater. Solar panels are not cheap, but it's all the 'other stuff' that get's complicated.)