Off Topic - Battery Chargers and RFI

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I realize this is way off topic but I thought I'd ask since everyone here has a Flex with a great panadapter that has the ability to detect all sorts of locally generated interference.

I like to run my radio equipment off of a 12v battery system consisting of four 6v golf cart batteries wired in series parallel.   I am looking for a fully automatic battery charger that does not produce a bunch of RFI. 

Does anyone here presently power their station from a battery bank?  If so, what are you using to charge it with and how RFI quiet is it?

Norm - W7CK
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Norm - W7CK

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Kevin K4VD, Elroy

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Hi Norm:

For the past year I've used the West Mountain Radio PWRGate with good luck noise and function. I see nothing on the waterfall when running with the power supply on or off.

On one side I use an Alinco DM33OMV-32A switching power supply and on the other side is a marine battery. 

I used an Astron RS-50 before the Alinco and oddly enough that did generate a bit of noise. I'll bet the Astron could use some TLC as I understand that there is a bit of a QA issue with the build. The other thing about the Astron is that big old transformer hummed regardless of power draw.

73,
Kev K4VD
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You might want to consider the West Mountain Radio Super PWRGate or soon to be shipped Epic PWRGate.  The PWRGate includes a charge controller that uses an external 12v supply.  Although designed to switch from a primary 12V supply to batteries for backup, if you are running your radio primarily from the batteries then the 12 V supply only needs to be large enough to provide the charging current.  With the lower current requirement, then you can use a linear supply and avoid the whole switching supply issue.