I have everything wired up now – 5 watts QRP being charged with this arrangement
Wow – I did not expect to feel this great about going solar. I just made another band – mode QSO with VP6R, and while Pitcairn is no big deal distance wise – it is still respectable and decent DX. In fact, ANY DX made with 5 watts QRP and a solar powered station is the reward itself.
The KX-3 has a great couple of displays that are all one quick button push away – the Menu button and the second small tuning knob. I can watch the voltage and current in receive and transmit. Just for reference, the battery with full charge has these KX-3 stats:
Receive current – 0.189 amps
Transmit current – 1.65 amps
I have the battery plugged into a PowerPole RigRunner 4005 and fused at 5 amps.
Now I am very curious how many days at “normal use” the battery will last. Since it is 7 aH – I expect that it will last quite a while since I mostly listen and only call DX occasionally. I don’t sit in pileups for many hours like I did with QRO and an amp – since that was a “brute force” game. I have learned that with QRP – they either hear you or they don’t – and if the pileups are massive I simply wait a couple of days until they are begging.
I’ve entered my “no stress” years of DXing – all of the fun, and none of the grief.