Living The Good Life: Poolside CW
Big Blue in the Deep Blue, Who's The Big Fish Now?
(Just a hint: It's page 18-19. We'll save you all the trouble of scrolling through the other stuff that doesn't have yours truly in it.)
Big Blue On TV ... Well Sort Of, It's Loud Luggage Time!
Daily Dose of Ham with W8BYH
Bioenno Power brings you your daily dose of Ham, nice wholesome fun with yours truly, the "Big Blue Battery!"
Closeups and individual pictures are just a click away. Seriously. Click it.
BPP-120: An Unboxing
4 Year Old Bioenno Battery Beats All Challengers
You read that right. 4 year old "Big Blue" beats all challengers in a recent third party non-biased test, one of our batteries from way back then proved it still retained 98% of its rated capacity after 4 years of use!
Click on the image for the full article!
The Impossibility of Smart Lettuce
Well ... normally one would assume a head of lettuce is anything but intelligent but with Iron Ox, that is a whole different story ...
Introducing: Smart Lettuce! Go ahead, click on the lettuce for the full story!
Cameras on Battery Power: Constant Vigilance
Robotics, Meet The Better Battery
A Field Day Wrap-Up, Ham Nation Style
AE4FH, A Tour of the Shack and a Radio Club
POTA, The Curious Cousin Followup: What Makes a Go Bag
POTA, The Curious Cousin of NPOTA
Simply Solar: Battery Powered Solar Wifi Range Extender
Solar: The Way To Go For Hams On The Go
Can You Hear Me Now? Big Blue and You, Yet Another Ham Story
Sit down, gather 'round for this is the tale of a Ham, his batteries and one hell of a good story and his name is Larry. WA9TT.
"We had 12 checkins for the FCARC monthly 6m FM net last night. All went very well. This time I operated from High Cliff state park at 982' ASL. The Bioenno Power BLF-1230LB again worked perfectly. The net lasted 50 minutes and I was on the air a considerable portion of that time as net control. As I recall, I used some 70-80 Watt-hours of energy. I could have operated for several hours with that battery!"
Pictured Above: "Here is a pix of the configuration from the front seat of my car. I feed into a Yaesu 991A"
"This morning I went back to High Cliff and this time operated from the lookout tower. I was attempting a 10 GHz activation. Band conditions were too weak this morning as I tried contacts from 102, 111 and 158 miles away. I use a Yaesu 817 for IF. I also use that rig for 2m backbone communications on 144.180 SSB. I add a Mirage 30W linear to boost the signal. On 2m I was as much as S9+5dB this morning."
Pictured Above: "I operated for 1 1/4 hours and used 26.7 W-h of energy from a Bioenno Power BLF-1215A battery. Here is a pix of my 10 GHz station."
"I will be operating from Aztalan state park for the WI Parks on the Air event in September. WIPOTA is new this year. I led the team effort to develop this contest. See www.wipota.com. I will use the Yaesu 991A on 40m & 75m SSB. I will also operate a second rig on 146.55 MHz FM into a 150 Watt Mirage linear. I have several Bioenno Power batteries, so I think I'll be nicely set of this 7 hour contest. Oh, yes, finally, you mentioned 6m propagation. I operate in many of the Spring & Fall VHF/UHF Sprints as a Rover. Recently we had the 6m Sprint. That is a 4-hour event. I operated FT8 from EN54, EN64, EN63 and EN53 using my ICOM 7100 in a Go Kit at 100 Watts."
Pictured Above: "Here is a pix on location. For this particular Sprint I used a homemade dipole for operation on 50.313 MHz."
Why Yes, Boats and Batteries Do Mix
Bioenno Power Batteries can make your vehicle feel like a Top Fuel Drag Racer, and the formula is simple: lighten and add power ... well, in our case you get the range and fuel economy too, but who said you couldn't cheat a little? We'll provide the unfair advantage. All you need to do is enjoy the jealous stares.
20 Meters Maine to Florida: How to QRP
Our Kind of Camping: FT-891 on 20Ah
West Texas Road Trip
Panels, Power Packs and Solar Oh My
Bioenno vs. SLA, Bioenno is the Way to Go!
Here at Bioenno Power we get this question every day: Why Bioenno? We ask: Why SLA? The future is here, the future is now, so allow us to share an unbiased unprompted review of LiFePO4 vs SLA and why SLA's are a thing of the past, a relic belonging in a museum. We'd like to thank Dennis VE3KVE for this excellent writeup:
(PDF Copy for Download: A better emergency/backup battery)
Is "Big Blue" Right for You? Fishing Edition!
One of our Ham Radio customers once wrote a review and called our batteries "The Big Blue Batteries" and we've taken such a fancy to the moniker that "Big Blue" kinda stuck.
Now, as we grow, our batteries are going on new adventures such as fishing for example. Why don't we let you try this on for size:
New fish finder, new GPS, new Fishing Lights - not some off brand but the good stuff - and you are at a tournament in a kayak fishing for bass. You're running a lot of gear and it's 3 days of competing and the bass are fighting. You are there dawn to dusk, back to back 3 Days, 1 Battery, 1 Charge!!
It's all here, check it out we are not pulling yer leg!
Baker to Vegas, CPCP and Solar Hams
Baker to Vegas, one of the most famous foot races in the Southwest, is a prestigious challenge cup started by LAPD officers Chuck Foote and Larry Moore for our men and women in uniform.
Now, for a race like this setting up checkpoints and having stable communications is critical seeing as it is in the middle of the Desert and we are honored to play a vital role in keeping everyone linked and communicating!
Flashback Builds, A Legacy of Go Boxes
Since our genesis, Bioenno Power has had a long and ongoing relationship with Go Boxes, Power Boxes and "Built Systems" of all different sorts. Here is one such example from our archives.
From Melbourne to Melbourne, The Story of a QSO
Imagine this: you are sitting on a beach in Melbourne Florida working portable, 20 meter SSB on an Icom IC-7300 through a 13 footer Alpha Antenna all powered by a Bioenno Power BLF-1220A 20A battery. It's all going decent until the radio crackles to life and you hear a voice. It's Melbourne but not the guy down the street, it's Melbourne AUSTRALIA. 9,732 miles away land of kangaroos Australia.
On January 26, 2018 a date which will forever live on, Chuck N5JED/4 made what will surely go down in Ham lore as one of the legenary QSO's.
Bioenno Wins an Award
Bioenno Power is grateful for receiving an award from Chris, Dave and the good folks at PCB Piezotronics and pleased to share it!
Charging, Discharging and Kirchoff's Current Law
Field Radio Podcast Orlando Hamcation 2018 Interview
Bioenno Batteries, Scooters and Modding Your Ride with DailyIoT
Autonomous Robots At 24 Volts
We would like to thank DIVEL for sharing such a cool use of our High Voltage battery line!
Getting Started Using Portable Solar Panel To Power Your Life!
FT817 Go Kit
Ham Radio 360 Podcast FRP9 - Bioenno Power Batteries/Solar with Kevin Zanjani
Follow the provided link to Ham Radio 360's website for the full podcast available online!
Product Review by Mark Wilson K1RO, QST Magazine
Check out this great review here! (PDF)
Back Country Cabin QRP
By Terry Smith NE4AM
August 3, 2017
I have been a campground host at Madison Campground for 4 months. It is very hard to make any radio contacts with the mountains very close by the campground and my site is under the powerlines ! I have MISSED using my qrp radio system and having contacts.
As National Park Volunteers we had the opportunity to use a one room log cabin that is 3 miles off of the road. I was excited about the chance to set up a qrp station and to make the cabin” radio active” . The hike was up hill most of the way. We were very remote and had to carry in all of our supplies including food and water purification to last for the two and a half days that we planned on being there.
My radio equipment included a QRP 10 20 40 Trail Friendly wire antenna from LNR Precision, a 28 watt foldable solar panel from BIOENNO power, an Elecraft qrp tuner, and a FT 817 with an Bioenno 120 watt hour power pack. This powerpack has a built in solar controller that can handle the 28 watt panel input. The solar panel has a USB plug off of the panel.
Arriving at the cabin there were chores to be done ; unbolt the window shutters , turn on the propane , air out the cabin as well as unpacking. I was tired from the hike up with a 40 pound backpack and a nap was in order.
It was our 31st anniversary so that evening after dinner we sat on the porch and enjoyed some adult beverages while watching the sun go down, and I left the radio packed.
The next day after breakfast I set up the radio and antenna. Conditions were long that day on 20 meters… to say the least. My first contact from the cabin in Montana was to Denver, the second was to the Ohanna Net in Hawaii with 5 watts! I was surprised to hear 53 to 55 reception report!
My station on a wooden crate on the front porch.
My antenna was 10 feet off the ground at the cabin and about 15 feet at the tree end, in a north to south configuration. The cabin is at 7240 feet elevation and my 5 watts made it to Hawaii. My third contact was to Prince George British, Columbia.
The solar panel in the background is for the cabin and is the National Park antenna mount. It is for the National Park H/T. In the foreground is my LNR Precision Trail Friendly antenna. One note about the cabin it does have 12 volt power. There is no other electrical device in the cabin except for a 12 volt compact fluorescent bulb.
28 Watt Solar Panel on a folding ladder, the ladder was at the cabin.
The back of the ladder held my powerpack.
At 1 pm Mountain Time I tuned to the 40 meter band and tried to check in to the Jefferson Noon Net, I made multiple attempts before I was heard and relayed into the net. Well it worked!
I had my powerpack and a 28 watt panel supplying power back to the powerpack. This kind of power and radio system works for me very well. This was my first use of the new battery and solar panel as well as the trail friendly antenna, all worked as I had hoped, better than I hoped .
The main thing about operation in a remote location is there is NO man made electrical noise!!
When I first put on the headphones it was a pleasure to hear such quiet the bands, one tends to forget how much noise civilization produces, hearing just the bands and no man made noise was a delight and easy to hear and enjoy the bands.
While I had just the one day to play radio there, it was so worth it. Yes there are lighter radios and power systems and solar panels, however I was happy with the system and how well it worked. I wish I could have spent a week there. I did not bring my key with me on the hike.
Next time I will bring my key.
This whole hike and stay at the cabin were a great opportunity that we were given. As we are in our RV and have limited room, I brought with me my radio basics for our 8 months volunteering. I am always looking for opportunities to enjoy QRP and remote operations.
Being remote with a QRP radio and battery pack and solar recharging capabilities allows you really unlimited radio time. It also gives you a wonderful feeling of being out in nature and using radio away from the shack with the desk and comfy chair. As you can see in the photo my desk was an old crate and my chair, a well-used cane chair.
Being remote also pushes you as a HAM to try new ways of enjoying the hobby.
In October we move to Silverton Oregon for 3 months and the radio conditions will be much better for my QRP rig. It will be much more open and I will have my 31 foot Eagle One Vertical Antenna up.
I had more fun doing this remote operation at the cabin than I can express in this article.
I encourage all of you to get out and be portable ANYWHERE.
As I have said many times… “Ham Radio is just TOO much fun”
73 de NE4AM
Trail Friendly antenna
Foldable Solar Panel
Elecraft QRP Tuner
31 foot vertical
NE4AM is an extra class, volunteer examiner, FIST member, ARRL Member
When at home in North Carolina I enjoy my club membership in W4YSB
My YOUTUBE Channel YOUTUBE
Tim Percy installs our product.
Dayton with Ham Radio World, working QSO with Grace and an Interview from Hope
9 year-old Grace (KM4TXT) is scheduled to speak at the Dayton Hamvention Youth Forum in May 2017 and her speech is about using Solar Power for field Amateur Radio operations. She has been experimenting with different batteries and has found a combination that works really well with Bioenno Power batteries as part of the mix.
This is followed by an interview with Hope, who if you remember, once dropped by our shop for a surprise!
Lithium Battery Pack Test
Portable qrp power
KM4IPF Makes a Surprise Visit to Bioenno Power
Bioenno 120 Power Pack
Bioenno Power BPP120 Portable Rechargeable Battery Pack LiFePO4 Lithium Iron Phosphate
Bioenno power test by NE4AM
Third test of Bioenno power pack powering the ft-817
12V Battery Performance Comparison
Jeremy Kolonay, KF7IJZ, of HamRadio 360 profiled Bioenno Power LiFePO4 batteries for ham radio applications. He reviews the advantages of LiFePo4 batteries compared to traditional SLA batteries. We wish to extend our thanks to Jeremy and the HamRadio 360 team!
Ham Nation 265: The boys are Back in TownBioenno Power was profiled on HamNation, Episode 265, with Gordon West, WB6NOA discussing the advantages of LiFePO4 batteries for ham radio applications. We would like to express our thanks to Gordo and the HamNation team!
We are featured on CG Amateur Radio.
To read the article, click here!
Bioenno Power products are featured on Ultimate Motorcycling Magazine!
"Jonathan Handler, Editor-at-large for Ultimate Motorcycling magazine, reviews Bioenno Power batteries for use with ham radio applications, while on a motorcycle. He operates his ham radio using the batteries while on a motorcycle trip from Thousand Oaks, California to Temecula, California (more than 140+ miles). We would like to extend our appreciation to Jonathan Handler for the review."
To read the article, please click here!
Hamvention Radio 360 Interview starts at 1:35:54. To hear the interview, please click here and screw down.
South County ARES news letter on battery power for one of our premiere communications activities in the SF Bay area mentioned us!
Follow-up with Gordon West on Bioenno Power LiFePo4 Batteries starting at 6:35