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I like the idea of solar power. Since you have more expertise in this area what would you recommend for such a setup? I was thinking of a 20 watt panel connected to a 50 AH battery. That would seem to allow plenty of reserve capacity even for several cloudy days in a row. Since I’ve not done this before, do you think a charge controller is necessary at this power level or would a blocking diode suffice?
It would certainly be less expensive than paying a basic connect charge to a utility for each transmitter site. Everything could be mounted high enough to avoid most vandalism. It would also be a selling point to community officials for support as it could provide communications during a power failure. (The nearest commerical station to us that has backup power is 75 miles away.)