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Solar Powered Field Day – Part 1: 1kW PowerShade

Field Day 2010 is in the books. The antennas have been plucked from the trees, the BBQ has been finished and the generators have been unplugged. Field Day is always entertaining and it’s a great way to try a new aspect of the hobby. This year, I spent time with two clubs: the Des Moines Radio Amateur Association (DMRAA) and a combined effort of the Story County Amateur Radio Club (SCARC) and Cyclone ARC (CARC).

At PowerFilm Solar, we’ve put an effort into supporting ham radio & EMCOMM groups. To this end, this year we loaned about $30,000 worth of solar panels designed for the military to DMRAA and SCARC.

1 KW Solar Power Shelter at Field DayA crew of 5 deployed a 1 kW Solar PowerShade (a solar field shelter) for the DMRAA. Setup went well and we really didn’t have any issues.

While we did have a few clouds and an overnight storm with high winds, the shelter performed well – but functionally and electrically.

A full set of PowerShade solar shelter setup photos from Field Day 2010 can be found by clicking on the image. I’ve posted pics from both clubs including setup of the 1kw PowerShade and 190W roll-out solar quadrant at SCARC.

At the Dayton Hamvention we displayed a scale model of the PowerShade Field Shelter – the 2KW version. That model drew a lot of attention and comments such as “Hey Bob, look at this…. this is just what we need for our field day outing.”  We knew that this shelter would be a hit for DMRAA.

The DMRAA group has posted a writeup and video of their Field Day experience this year.

2 Responses to “Solar Powered Field Day – Part 1: 1kW PowerShade”

  1. Nice Field Day site! Did you make the portable towers or buy them?


  2. Thanks,

    Those portable towers belong to the DMRAA. I’m not sure where they got them but they worked very well and took some high winds. It would be good to get a couple for our club in Story County (Ames) as well.

    Pat N0HR

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