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Using a 1.2kw GenSet to work VHF SSB & HF

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Uploaded on Nov 9, 2008

I just got my ETQ - TG1200 1.2kw peak, 1kw continuous GenSet off ebay, $120 includes shipping. It runs off 50:1 2-stroke oil/gas mix. It is actually pretty quiet. I ran a 50ft extension cord to my Jetstream switcher and then to my Icom 706 "classic", then worked a few stations on 144.200 USB and 146.52 FM off my copper pipe dipole up 15ft AG, mounted to a painter's pole from Home Depot for about $15.

The GenSet promises to run for 5 hours at half load on 1 gal(US) of fuel. The 706 only puts out 10w on VHF and did not notice any problems.

I then later (not in video) put up a resonant 40m dipole and ran 100w CW on it. When sending tone, you could hear the genset "chug" but, it did keep up and continue to provide power as needed for transmit at 100W!

I reduced to about 50w but no major difference in the pull on the genset.

This has been a good purchase, it runs without problems and does a great job for the money! I plan on using this for picnic portable, portable at camp sites, Field Day or emergencies.

I do have a Coleman industrial 3.5kw genset, but its is not as thrifty on the fuel and is a lot bigger and heavier, this "mighty mini" generator is mostly to take out & about!

I bought mine off ebay from the seller "ralco1201", it came UPS in 3 days and was double boxed with peanuts. Great seller too!

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