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Author Topic: IC-208: easy way for easy install/remove the front  (Read 396 times)
F5MZN
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« on: July 22, 2004, 07:45:53 AM »

Hi -

I was projecting to buy a new IC-208 for mobile operation. The front head
of this RIG is just small enough to be installed in my car.
Unfortunately, I was very disappointed when I discovered at my local
dealer that the remote cable is fixed to the panel with a screw! So that
it is not possible to attach/remove the front panel quickly. Does someone
know a way or a tip that can allow easy installing/removing of the unit?

Thanks in anticipation for your help!

73,
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Olivier / f5mzn
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K0BG
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« Reply #1 on: July 22, 2004, 09:43:34 AM »

If it is like the IC706 HF+ rig, you can remove the screw. However, this screw provides a ground path for the shield around the cable. If you experience an RFI problem, this will be the first place to look.

Alan, KØBG
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F5MZN
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« Reply #2 on: July 22, 2004, 10:23:49 AM »

Thank you for your reply Alan. I'm not lucky! Contrary to the IC706, the screw is essential here: the connector is maintained by it. :-(
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K0BG
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« Reply #3 on: July 22, 2004, 12:11:54 PM »

Bummer. You'd think Icom (and the rest of them too) would think about these things a little more.

One of the banes of an IC706 is RF getting into the extension cable, especially the longer one. It only took them 4 years to address the problem and install factory split beads.

Alan, KØBG
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N3ZKP
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« Reply #4 on: July 22, 2004, 02:49:41 PM »

The control heads for many Yeasu 2m and 2m/70cm rigs were removable from the mounting brackets. My 5100 and 8500 are both that way. The bracket and wiring are "permanent" and the head itself snaps in and out of the bracket - nothing to disconnect.

I don't know if the newer ones are that way.

If you need to remove the head on a frequent basis, it might be worth looking at the Yeasu.

Lon
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VA3WXM
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« Reply #5 on: July 23, 2004, 10:25:45 AM »

My Kenwood TM-V7A works the exact same way.  The extension kit comes with a bracket to which the remote cable is permanently attached.  The radio head then snaps in the bracket and can be removed by pressing a button.  Nice clean install.

To bad all manufacturers didn't do it this way.
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