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Author Topic: Ecomm Go Box in a Gator case - YouTube video  (Read 6009 times)
KF9ZA
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« on: April 07, 2012, 04:02:36 AM »

I've built a new Go Box using a Gator rack mount case.  Here's the video on YouTube:

http://youtu.be/KT52zOqTOu8

Here's the YouTube video with the list of the materials I used and links to the Web sites:

http://kf9za.kremer.com/gobox

Thanks to K4IFXand KC6TYD for their YouTube Video inspiration and ideas.
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KC0UKR
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« Reply #1 on: April 08, 2012, 07:11:58 AM »

Nice Job but it seems like a lot of space for very little gear to me.

You could have easily used a 4 space Effects size rack and easily get all of that in there.

I also have an FT90 and really like it,mine does not run warm at all.

I think from what I have heard you could either get a good one or a bad one and clearly we both got good ones.
Those who got bad ones seem to have constant trouble and don't like them too much.

Also I would stick a Cookie sheet or Pizza Sheet in there as a Ground Plane for that Mag Mount in case you need it.

Have Fun

Ed
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« Reply #2 on: April 08, 2012, 02:40:59 PM »

Hi Ed.  Thanks for the comments...

Nice Job but it seems like a lot of space for very little gear to me.
You could have easily used a 4 space Effects size rack and easily get all of that in there.

Your right.  At first I was planning to use a 4U, but like buying a house, it's better to have too much room than not enough.  Where I have the canvas bag holding the microphone I plan for future expansion.  I have an Icom IC-7000 in my truck right now.  In the future I may put the Icom where the bag is or perhaps pick up a used 7000 or 706.

Also I would stick a Cookie sheet or Pizza Sheet in there as a Ground Plane for that Mag Mount in case you need it.

I actually was using a pizza pan as a ground plane.  That gave me the idea to put a 22g steel sheet in the box affixed to the back Gator lid.  In the video when you see the mag mount antenna it's stuck on the steel sheet I have bolted to the inside of the lid.  This gives me a really good ground plane.
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« Reply #3 on: July 09, 2012, 10:46:34 AM »

UPDATE July 9, 2012: I added a new Kenwood TM-281A to the Go Box. I decided I wanted to have two radios to be able to monitor two frequencies, plus to have a backup radio. The TM-281A was purchased from R & L Eelctronics for $139.95. I chose it for it's price, ruggedness, and that it can put out 65W.

Here's a picture of the new and improved Go Box:

http://kf9za.kremer.com/gobox/images/kf9za_updated_gobox_web.jpg

Here's a link to the original YouTube video and linked list of materials:

http://kf9za.kremer.com/gobox/
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« Reply #4 on: July 09, 2012, 12:10:35 PM »

Looks very clean!
How much does it weigh?
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« Reply #5 on: July 09, 2012, 12:19:13 PM »

Looks very clean!
How much does it weigh?

Thanks.  Good question.  Got the old bathroom scale out and checked it out.  With 75' of cable plus a 12' extension cord inside it weighs 37 lbs.
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