Very Impressive !
Updated pictures.... sorry for the large size...
We are on test cut number 3... even though this looks near complete... there are still a few changes, so we will be at at least test cut 4...
Once I got cut 2 in the box, I noticed a couple of things. First, there was a void between the radios where things could slip down into the box... putting a plate at the end was an easy issue... but the plate gave me room for a couple more switches, which I needs.
I also noticed that there was no easy access to the backs of the radios... so, for the FT-857D, I have added some remote jacks to the right side of the box, below the 2m radio bringing the external speaker/headphone jack, the key/CW jack and the digital/data jack forward and accessable.
Now I start working out the electrical wire and connectivity..... one step closer...
better would be to have your internal frame built so that there is 1-2 inches clearance all around inside the case then float it on heavy bungees or springs.
imho the whole point of a big hardshell case like that is so that you can THROW your gear in the back of the truck. even if you handle it carefully when you can there are always bumps from rough terrain or drops from a tailgate.
Last edited by brushbuster67; 06-30-2010 at 08:01 AM.
Thanks for the kind remarks... this is one of those little detail oriented projects... with access to AutoCad (drafting software) and a laser cutter, this really isn't that difficult... just lots of planning and trial and error... It is nice to see if coming together as planned...
Once I get this finished, I am thinking of planning out a "generic" box. One that uses a much less costly container and fewer features. If anyone wants to help or participate in working on that project, I welcome the help.
There you go putting ideas in my head... Nice work!
I don't know where I'm going from here, but I promise it won't be boring. -David Bowie-
Hardigg cases designed for commo have an aluminum rack frame on the inside and usually at least 8 rubber feet that isolate the rack itself from the exterior container. That's adequate for commercial/military grade commo equipment... the stuff you've got loaded in there is alot more sensitive.
You could also PROBABLY get away with 4" larger of a container in all directions and using open cell foam to bed it all in, so it'd have a 2" surround for shock absorption. Making flat surfaces for the edges so it can't cut into the foam on its own due to vibration from transportation would be important for foam longevity.