It has been my long desire to move WQ4RP toward 100% Solar/Battery powered status. With the total rebuilding of the radio shack during 2016, it made sense to incorporate a solar system into the new shack. The goals for the power system system were to supply RF quiet power for the entire amateur radio station, including power for the radio(s), peripheral equipment (logging computers, keyers, etc.), and lighting. WQ4RP is often used as a QRP contest station, so the power system needed to be robust enough to supply continuous power both night and day. This post discusses the components that comprise the WQ4RP Solar/Battery Power System:
- Solar Panels
- Mounting system for the panels
- Solar Charge Controller
- Shack Lighting
- Wiring details
Two Renogy 100W 12V Monocrystalline Solar Panels were selected for this project. The two panels were mounted over under style with the use of aluminum L stock purchased from Home Depot. The two panels were bonded very securely to the common aluminum L stock with pop rivets.
Two Renogy 12V 100W Monocrystalline Solar Panels