Stationary relay nodes for newbies

That pretty well sums it up in terms of panel, as well as battery pack, sizing. The calculator gives what I consider to be minimum values. In making your final hardware choices, go for the next size bigger IMO and experience. At 40 degrees North latitude, I’ve found that a 6W minimum size panel is what you need as reliable starting point.

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