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The Phone Booth / Re: Generators
« Last post by Yoda on October 29, 2019, 09:52:27 PM »
When I was still working my day job, I bought a 11kW permanently mounted Generac. With auto transfer switch. One guy at work inquired about buying a unit for himself and another for his dad. Then his brother said "see if you can get a better price if you get three". Then someone else at work said "I'll take one if you get a good deal". By the time he ordered, there was 14 of us. We got a good deal, free shipping, etc..

Mine is on LP gas. Don't use it a lot, but I sleep better.

Jim
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The Phone Booth / Re: Generators
« Last post by NFCphoneman on October 29, 2019, 09:23:18 PM »
One of the things we deal with during hurricanes is that gasoline gets hard to find or even impossible to purchase for a while. The bigger generators are nice, but they can drink some gas.

I have a 5000-watt construction-type generator that I've used only a couple of times in the last decade. After Irma came through, I decided to get a small 1000-watt Ryobi inverter generator. It can run a chest freezer, small refrigerator and internet modem using about 2 gallons of gas per 24 hours. That really takes care of everything needed to survive for a few days. I also try to keep 15-20 gallons of gas on hand at all times.

Last "Amazon Prime Day", I picked up a 2200-watt Westinghouse inverter generator for $335. We'll use this for our travel trailer. Combine it with my 720-watts of solar, we can stay in the RV for quite a while.
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Other Systems / Re: Groundstream
« Last post by hitechcomm on October 29, 2019, 08:31:20 PM »
Grand stream got its start as a very low end hosted system.  No programming involved.  Sparkles installed them as part of new installs.  . I believe they are trying to become a real Hosted (UC) provider.  Maybe a little to late.  Use your own good judgement on  this.
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Other Systems / Re: Groundstream
« Last post by RATHER BE FISHING on October 29, 2019, 05:06:45 PM »
That's a new one on me but the providers are popping up all over. Maybe someone else has some experience with or around them.
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The Phone Booth / Re: Generators
« Last post by CMDL_GUY on October 29, 2019, 02:43:41 PM »
This is what I run.  https://www.electricgeneratorsdirect.com/Generac-5802-Portable-Generator/p4580.html

Its not dual fuel.  I have about 10 - 5 gal gas cans.  All empty.  If it looks like a storm is coming, I'll fill them all.  If I dont use the gas in the generator, it goes in the car.  Works for me.

That is a nice unit.  One of the members of our radio club is a Generac dealer, I'll have to ask him about his price on that generator.  Bell System trucks always had Generac generators mounted  on the engine.
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Other Systems / Groundstream
« Last post by Skip555 on October 29, 2019, 11:23:32 AM »
They are offering a half day cert class for free .  I've never heard of them anyone here have any thoughts on them . 

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The Phone Booth / Re: Generators
« Last post by liquidvw on October 28, 2019, 07:52:03 AM »
This is what I run.  https://www.electricgeneratorsdirect.com/Generac-5802-Portable-Generator/p4580.html

Its not dual fuel.  I have about 10 - 5 gal gas cans.  All empty.  If it looks like a storm is coming, I'll fill them all.  If I dont use the gas in the generator, it goes in the car.  Works for me. 
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The Phone Booth / Re: Generators
« Last post by CMDL_GUY on October 27, 2019, 08:13:33 PM »
Makes perfect sense.

Do you have a problem with "dirty" power? Even occasionally?

Sam

Power at the farm is very good, but power at this house is not always the best. Some straight generators are not so clean either.  At the present time, I'm floating all transceivers at 15VDC in order to keep them isolated. We loose power maybe 4 or 5 times a year with one outage lasting a full week.  I'm looking at one dual fuel unit for the long outages where I might need to use my propane tank to keep going.
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The Phone Booth / Re: Generators
« Last post by silversam on October 27, 2019, 07:25:55 PM »
Makes perfect sense.

Do you have a problem with "dirty" power? Even occasionally?

Sam
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The Phone Booth / Re: Generators
« Last post by hbiss on October 27, 2019, 06:01:26 PM »
Sounds good to me.  :045:

-Hal
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