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ESSN-Apr2006

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Energy Self Sufficiency Newsletter
A Rebel Wolf Energy Systems Publication

Here is the issue of Energy Self Sufficiency Newsletter. I believe, and always will, that ESSN provided useful information to readers and I truly regret that we weren't able to attract enough advertisers to keep it going. Energy Self Sufficiency Newsletter was published quarterly online at www.rebelwolf.com. The publications is free and unlimited printing and distribution is encouraged for the benefit of the renewable energy community. All contents are Copyright 2006 by Rebel Wolf Energy Systems. Please contact us for reprint permission. All printed copies and electronic distribution must contain the entire publication including this notice.

Webpage: http://www.rebelwolf.com/essn.html
Energy Self Sufficiency Newsletter
A Rebel Wolf Energy Systems Publication

Here is the issue of Energy Self Sufficiency Newsletter. I believe, and always will, that ESSN provided useful information to readers and I truly regret that we weren't able to attract enough advertisers to keep it going. Energy Self Sufficiency Newsletter was published quarterly online at www.rebelwolf.com. The publications is free and unlimited printing and distribution is encouraged for the benefit of the renewable energy community. All contents are Copyright 2006 by Rebel Wolf Energy Systems. Please contact us for reprint permission. All printed copies and electronic distribution must contain the entire publication including this notice.

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Energy Self Sufficiency Newsletter 
A Rebel Wolf Energy Systems Publication
Off-Grid LivingBiofuelsHydroSolar WindOff-Grid LivingBiofuelsHydroSolar Wind
E S S NE S S N
April 2006April 2006
 
April, 2006
Energy Self Sufficiency Newsletter 
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Energy Self Sufficiency Newsletter 
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TABLE OF CONTENTS
Contents
 
April, 2006
Energy Self Sufficiency Newsletter 
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by Larry D. Barr, Editor 
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From The Editor’s LaptopFrom The Editor’s Laptop
Monthly circulation of ESSN in its first year of circula-tion steadily rose to over 23,500, firmly establishing it asone of the most popular and informative global sourcesof practical information about off-grid living and energyself-sufficiency. With your continued interest and sup- port, our aim for 2006 is to build on this successful start by offering articles on an even wider range of subjects.So please do not hesitate tocontact usif you would like to contribute your experiences to ESSN. ldb
Circulation InfoThe First Year
Energy Self Sufficiency Newsletter is published quar-terly online atwww.rebelwolf.com. The publication isfree and unlimited printing and distribution is encour-aged for the benefit of the renewable energy commu-nity. All contents are Copyright 2006 by Rebel Wolf En-ergy Systems. Please contact us for reprint permission.All printed copies and electronic distribution must con-tain the entire publication including this notice.
by Larry D. Barr, K5WLF
TALKING TO THE WORLD ON SOLAR POWERTALKING TO THE WORLD ON SOLAR POWER
The morning of 25 March dawned cloudlessly. I know, I wasup before the sun (a noteworthy event for me since I’m basi-cally nocturnal and not given to early rising) putting the finish-ing touches on a couple of “GO” bags that were to accom- pany me to our first Science Extravaganza at Tarleton StateUniversity in Stephenville, Texas. We were offering free plan-etarium shows all day, “Magic Shows” performed by our stu-dent chemistry club, the Tarleton Chemical Society and, themagnum opus of the event, a solar powered amateur radiostation.There’s been quite a bit of attention focussed on amateur (ham) radio in America recently, due to the communicationsservices that hams have provided during and after disasterssuch as Hurricanes Katrina and Rita, and the aftermath of various wildfires that have ravaged parts of the country. Inlate December 2005, a grassfire overran the small town of Cross Plains, Texas about 80 miles from where I live, result-ing in the destruction of approximately one-third of the homesand one fatality. Among the casualties within the infrastruc-ture of the town was the only cell phone tower and the major-ity of the landline system. There was only one landline phoneoperational in the entire town and the call went out for ama-teur radio operators to handle emergency and welfare com-munications to relief effort headquarters in Brownwood andAbilene. I was one of many operators who answered thatcall, and while we were fortunate to have grid power at theshelter location, it certainly impressed on me the need for al-ternative energy sources for our radios and equipment.So, with a twinge of regret for my former plans, I decided torepurpose my 2 Uni-Solar US 64 PV panels to function as atransportable energy source for my ham gear in the event of emergency. This means that I’ll have to wait a while (read:save up more money) before I’ll have any PV permanentlymounted here at the house. I designed a really neat adjustablemount to secure the panels in the bed of my pickup, but didn’thave time to build it, so I relied on what we call in Texas,“Southern Field Expedient Engineering”. It ain’t purty, but itworks. The panels were already mounted on a roof mountfrom Backwoods Solar, so I put a piece of lumber across the back of the bed and set the mount in with the panels facingrearward and the legs of the mount firmly against the front of the bed. A couple of ratchet straps secured the assembly tothe pickup and all was well.I wired the panels in parallel for 128 watts output and termi-nated the #12 AWG cable with a pair of Anderson PowerPoleconnectors from PowerWerx. I also wired short cables withPowerPoles for the input and output connections to the XantrexC12 PV controller. Wiring equipped with PowerPoles wasalready on the PowerSonic PS-121000 sealed AGM batteriessince they’re in daily use here at the house. Everything wasready to go on this end.After a couple of mid-week trips to the four story roof of theTarleton Science building (not my favorite place), Gene(K5IIY) and I had the antennas rigged and we were ready togo on the air. We’d set up a 20 meter dipole and a 2 meter 

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