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Emergency Power: For Radio Communications Paperback – January 1, 2006

ISBN-13: 978-0872599536 ISBN-10: 0872599531 Edition: 1st

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Product Details

  • Paperback: 190 pages
  • Publisher: Amer Radio Relay League; 1st edition (January 1, 2006)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0872599531
  • ISBN-13: 978-0872599536
  • Product Dimensions: 10.8 x 8.2 x 0.4 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 1 pounds
  • Average Customer Review: 4.7 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (12 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #848,185 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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The selection of topics and the chapter order seems a little off target.
D Anderton
Solar, generators, even wind power is touched upon, and the emergency use of batteries was explained in good detail.
Patriot Reader
Mike Bryce does a great job of explaining both the intricate and the simple.
William Corsair

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14 of 14 people found the following review helpful By William Corsair on April 10, 2009
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Unlike so many ARRL books, this one is written from the ground up so that people of any experience level can understand.

Mike Bryce does a great job of explaining both the intricate and the simple. Even though he's an engineer by training, he makes the material understandable to the beginner.

I highly recommend this book. If you're interested in emergency power for radio, home, or general living off the grid, this is a fabulous introduction.
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12 of 13 people found the following review helpful By Gary Wilson on January 5, 2007
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An excellent book for those considering using solar or other alternative power sources. It's also useful for folks wanting to know how to use a generator or other sources during power failures or wiring their home for standby use.
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5 of 5 people found the following review helpful By A. Wilson on January 24, 2009
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Lots of good information here to keep you going when the electric power grid goes down. Or, when you just want to get your power from somewhere besides the power company. The author goes into a lot of detail in explaining the different types of solar panels, storage batteries, generators, lights and a whole lot more. I recommend this book.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By D Anderton on December 26, 2011
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The author provides a précis of mechanisms for providing backup power at home including solar, wind, water and fossil fuel. The author's interest in emergency power stems from his many years as an amateur radio operator and the necessity of keeping the station on the air during power outages. Despite the focus on power for 'communications'--the book is helpful for anyone who desires to keep the lights, fans, electric razor or computer going when the grid is down.

Surveying the contents of the book:

o Chapter 1--Introduction
General overview of the author's interest in emergency power along with the 'word to the wise'--that stuff happens.

o Chapter 2--Emergency Lighting
Everything you wanted to know -- and some stuff you probably didn't want to know about providing light when the power is down: flashlights (all types), glow sticks and candles.

o Chapter 3--Solar Power
Lots of information on solar panels: Types of cells, power ratings, output regulation, fixed mount versus tracking mounts, wind loading and periodic cleaning.

o Chapter 4--Charge Controllers
A review of charge controllers for photovoltaic systems. Since the output of a solar cell is a function of solar illumination--a charge controller is necessary lest a cloudy day result in a system meltdown.

o Chapter 5--Generators (Gas, Wind and Water).
A fairly brief discussion on generators (gas or liquid propane) and a note on the importance of the transfer switch--but not a lot of help in spec'ing out a transfer switch or how to install.
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By J. G. Runner on March 2, 2011
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As always the ARRL has produced another quality publication. This book teaches the basics of alternative power and backup power with an emphasise on emergency communications, but it is suitable for anyone who is interested in backup power systems. They also go over more advanced concepts so it is suibable for the beginner and more experienced folks in this field.
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This book is a handy reference guide for those who have a basic knowledge of electronics and skills set. The book details the various options available to maintain power for communications when the power grid goes down.
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