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Editors Note: Thanks for the flowers and the help, both are appreciated. How about it folks, anyone out there have more info on using hydrogen-oxygen generators to store energy?

Howdy Folks;

Just received my first issue of HOME POWER, Right on!

I am a HAM radio operator and very involved in emergency communications, and as such, very interested in alternative energy sources, so will be looking to your magazine for information and resources.

I am now using a 30 watt panel (cut in half and hinged to fold up and close for portability) to keep a deep cycle battery charged while running a Kenwood 7950 2 Meter radio during emergency and other related events. This set-up works real well except that I have to keep an eye on the attached voltmeter to keep from over charging the battery (I am in the process of building a charge controller to relieve me of this task).

If any of your reader's have any knowledge in Edison batteries (older type in metal casings, EXIDE XL-4, C6E) I could sure use some help in: 1) Finding a source of small quantities of Potassium Hydroxide and Lithium Hydrate. 2) Finding the correct formula for mixing the above chemicals. 3) Finding the amp/hour ratings for the above mentioned batteries.

I congratulate you on your fine magazine and hope it (and you) have a long and happy life.

Sincerely, Garry Palmer N6ONZ, 333 E. Robles Ave., Santa Rosa, CA 95407-7971

Dear Home Power,

It was a pleasant surprise to find HP#4 on the "Periodicals to be Shared" shelf at our local Co-Op. We are presently only at the exploration stage of our plan to become energy independent and it was encouraging to read examples of what other people have done. Please send us HP #s 1, 2, & 3. Payment is enclosed. Keep the change.

As long as I'm writing, perhaps you can answer one of our most pressing questions in our search for PV panels. Can it possibly be true that ARCO panels (the cheapest, most readily available, as far as I can tell) are produced by the Atlantic Richfield Company? The following quote from an article on the oil industry's plan to drill in the Arctic National Wildlife (Amicus Journal, Spring '88, pg.16) will explain our concerns.

"With little or no monitoring, oversight, or enforcement from federal and state environmental-protection agencies, what have the oil companies that profit from Prudoe Bay done to safeguard or restore public assets? Not nearly enough, especially in light of recent corporate profits.

For example, Atlantic Richfield Company (ARCO), which depends on Prudoe Bay for more than 40% of its worldwide oil production, rang up a $1.22 billion profit in 1987. Yet, even with such massive revenues, ARCO and other Prudoe Bay operators have done far too little environmental monitoring and few, if any, studies on cumulative ecological impacts. Likewise, they have given no assurances that adequate monies have been set aside for mandated habitat restoration...

ARCO, for example, has attempted to refute the highly researched "Oil in the Artic" by claiming that 'selective and outdated' information was used. Yet ARCO, which obviously disagrees with the conclusions of the report, has failed to cite a single error in it..."

I am hoping that you will inform me that these two ARCO's are not one and the same. However, if ARCO the PV panel manufacturer is in fact ARCO the Prudoe Bay polluter, perhaps this information should be shared with your readers. For markets to work, even alternative markets, buyers need as much information as possible. Maybe one of your market-wise associates could address the environmental sensitivities of PV panel producers in a future edition of HP.

Thanks for putting us on your mailing list. Keep up the good work.

Sincerely, Tom Bik & Family, Carbondale, IL

Editors Note: Yes, Arco Solar is mostly owned by Atlantic Richfield Company. Of course if you go back far enough many, but not all, PV manufacturers are owned by oil companies (or so we've been told).

Hello Folks,

Thank you for my subscription to Home Power. It's a most informative and interesting magazine.

I have been happily using water power for six years as my primary power source. (Tnx to Steve Willey)

Yesterday I constructed the "Pulsar" nicad battery charger, (Home Power 5), and it appears to be a real winner.

In Home Power #4 I noted that Fred Richardson of Waldron, WA was looking for a high powered 12 volt soldering iron. I see Dick Smith Electronics, PO Box 468, Greenwood, IN 46142 (tel. 317-887-3425), has what looks like a good one for $29.95. It is 12 volts, 30 to 150 watts - their cat. # T-1650. It features a carbon element and the wattage is said to be adjustable as you solder and to heat up in just 3 seconds. The brand name is Superscope.

My subscription started with Home Power #4, so enclosed please find my check and send issues number 1, 2, 3.

Thanks again for a fine magazine and Keep them coming.

Sincerely Yours, Gerald L. Brown, Porthill,

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