On December 2019 Larry – KL7MH, Rick – W0SSB, Chris – KA0INA, and Steve – N6RSH went to the Banner County repeater site to remove all of the equipment for repair and upgrades. This is in preparation to convert the site to total Solar Power. When completed the 147.00- repeater and the APRS digipeater will be powered by Solar Power only.
On October 3 2020 a crew from the club went up to the site to prepare for the panel installation. This involved digging the hole for the support mast and putting the 7’8″ pipe in and cementing it in. The 2′ hole left the pipe at 5’6″ or so. Also 3 vents were put in around the building. The crew consisted of Larry – KL7MH, Dave – KD0ZXH, Kurt – KW0P, Chris – KA0INA, George – N7JJY, Rick – W0SSB and Steve – N6RSH.
On October 10, 2020 a crew of us returned to the repeater site with the panels and we put them on the pole. It actually wasn’t that hard to lift them up. We set the angle and bolted everything down tight. Next trips will see the installation of the connection boxes and wiring everything in. Then it will be ready for the repeater, link radios and George – N7JJY’s APRS digipeater.
October 20 & 21 2020 Larry – KL7MH and Steve – N6RSH went down to the Banner County repeater site to complete the electrical connections of the solar panels to the batteries. Larry built a nice panel to make all connections easier as well as install a vent tube for the battery box. As you can see from the photos, all 4 batteries are fused on the positive side. After everything was connected, the switch was thrown outside and the panels started charging the batteries! After about an hour they were topped up and the Charge Controller shut off per specifications. All that is left is to put the repeaters in.