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Review: QRP Ranger 100WH power system from Hardened Power Systems

I am a ham radio operator.  I have held my license since I was 17 years old when a good friend of mine got interested and started studying his morse code.  So I jumped in and took the test and have been hooked ever since.   All through college I was very active in ham radio and once I was married and had my first child, the radios went by the wayside.  In the past few years I started to get back into it, and decided that going QRP for an HF radio would be the way to go.  Easier to deal with as it can be taken anywhere and something that is convenient will be used far more often.   Some people say QRP is harder to do, but I say paying thousands to buy a radio and then more thousands to buy and have installed a tower and very large antenna is significantly harder than QRP operation.

The radio I chose is the Yaesu FT-817ND  it is self contained with a battery inside that does not last very long and keeps you at around 1-2 watts output.   Great if you are a casual operator or like to do …

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