Todays topic takes us on an island expedition, for off grid communications with the Yaesu FT-891, and the raspberry pi field computer. In this video we’ll take the Portable Ham Radio Station, powered by the Raspberry Pi field computer, the 45ah solar generator, and a 120 watt PowerFilm Solar panel to the island of Hailuoto Finland, for a multi-day, off grid communications test, for the x days off grid series. The expedition is completely man-portable, and solar powered. The entire station was carried on a fat bike, with a small bike trailer, for a total distance of about 90km or 56 miles. The trip lasted 3 days, which was more than enough time to test off grid communications with js8call, the PowerFilm 120 watt panel, the Nortent Gamme 4 shelter, the Yaesu FT-891 and Raspberry Pi.
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