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HelloNewman

Go Kart Champion
Location
SoCal
Car(s)
Mk7
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StealthGTI

Autocross Champion
Location
Newport News, VA
Car(s)
2017 GTI Sport
Yes, no real overload on the stock alternator.
That’s incredible. I’m honestly impressed the stock alternator is actually doing well! 1.28kw isn’t very large. But with consistent top offs, it’ll definitely be enough for regular usage. Gluck at the field day! Hopefully the system gets stressed enough for the sake of further improvement! Plz let us know how it goes?
I agree that 1.28 kW is not large for an RV or vanlife setup. But it is more than sufficient for my needs. It'll run my fridge for a few days if I don't drive at all. It'll charge from completely dead to full in about five hours of driving, which is easy during a road trip. If I'm running the freezer, then the endurance drops substantially to about 8-12 hours, depending on the season. I use the freezer for grocery store trips and then return to reefer mode if I need to transport perishables. More often, though, I just have things that I want chilled instead of cold. In those cases, 50*F is fine and the battery lasts a good bit at that setting. It's a weekend "need," if I'm honest.
 

Keehs360

Autocross Champion
Location
Denver
Car(s)
Mk7.5
Yes, no real overload on the stock alternator.

I agree that 1.28 kW is not large for an RV or vanlife setup. But it is more than sufficient for my needs. It'll run my fridge for a few days if I don't drive at all. It'll charge from completely dead to full in about five hours of driving, which is easy during a road trip. If I'm running the freezer, then the endurance drops substantially to about 8-12 hours, depending on the season. I use the freezer for grocery store trips and then return to reefer mode if I need to transport perishables. More often, though, I just have things that I want chilled instead of cold. In those cases, 50*F is fine and the battery lasts a good bit at that setting. It's a weekend "need," if I'm honest.
That’s even more impressive. Dang!

I remember these old bass contests. Folks used to run these ambulance alternators. Not sure about the details if I can be honest. But the sheer amount of volume and bass these vehicles used to put out was just insane!
 

StealthGTI

Autocross Champion
Location
Newport News, VA
Car(s)
2017 GTI Sport
I've decided to dive into VHF contesting. As such, I've returned my old FT-857D to the car and now have five transceivers available for use. The best performance in these events is usually had by those working with horizontally polarized antennas. So, I've added one for each of the two bands that I'll work this weekend, 50 and 144 MHz...



As you can see, the two mast-mounted antennas are horizontal, vice the black vertical whip. I think they'll accept 500 watts, which is more than I'll ever put into them. I have the mast bolted through a plank of wood that's held to the rack with T-bolts...



I may replace the wood with HDPE for superior weather resistance. I just need to research whether a 3/4" thick piece is at least as strong as the 3/4" wood. I think it may be since it's said to be good for livestock enclosures. My temporary feed lines enter through the window, which is sealed with a piece of pipe insulation...



I'm not planning an extraordinary effort for my first contest. I just want to get my feet wet, learn the ropes, and develop a workflow for making contacts, logging them, and moving between the different grid squares for more points. This is a practice run for the bigger event in September. I hope to have beams on the roof for that one. I will enter in the "Limited Rover" category, which operates on 50, 144, 222, and 432 MHz. Here's the start of my "micro tower" for the roof...



I'll share that product when it's finished. Today, I took a sunrise drive with everything mounted so that I could test for noise and performance...



Yes, it's insane on a GTI! But it's what I love to drive and all I have. HAHA! None of this is permanent. It is mounted "as needed" only. Still, I'm planning to bring this to EuroFest in Maggie Valley as part of my expanding communications exhibit. Come see it in person!
 

StealthGTI

Autocross Champion
Location
Newport News, VA
Car(s)
2017 GTI Sport
I finished the "front end" of my FT-857D installation. Here's a "kitchen sink" photo with almost everything:



This photo shows an additional monitor and my "dual-FT8" setup. I still need to find a home for my antenna rotator controller. I still have plenty of time before September's VHF contest.
 
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