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Author Topic: Hated color of one piece of equipment - quick note on how I fixed  (Read 2090 times)
KB4MB
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« on: February 09, 2012, 07:19:40 AM »

Just wanted to share this, in case this is helpful.

I have an all black station (most equipment is MFJ), except for one item - my SWR meter from MFJ, which is beige.  It has annoyed me for years.  All that equipment and the one thing staring back at you.

I am no artist, so I didn't think i could do lettering as good as the fine folks at MFJ did - and I didn't want a homebrewed look with an electronic labeler after spray painting everything black; plus the back of the unit has lots of connectors I would have had to tape off, not to mention the front - and what happens if I decide to sell it (unlikey, but you never know).

SO what I did was I took the meter to work, scanned the front panel (by holding the item as level as possible), loaded up the image in my favorite image program, irfranview, and cropped the image down.  Then I turned it negative.  Then I reduced the colors down to two.  I copied part of the black part of the image and blacked out any trouble areas.  Now the front panel was picture perfect, as if it was silk screened.

Then, I printed on a full sheet label.  Cut out the label, cut out the hole for the dial and stuck it on the meter.  Used a razor blade to cut the lines out for the meter, and trimmed to fit the front.  Voila, black SWR meter, with original lettering!

If I could attach an image here, I would - looks great and now my station no longer has a beige sheep Smiley
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« Reply #1 on: February 17, 2012, 04:06:52 AM »

Now if you could just come up with a fix for my Koss Pro 4AAs.  You've got to love the grey/putty/green color scheme.  At least I don't see them when they're on my head.
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« Reply #2 on: February 17, 2012, 05:09:05 AM »

Maybe you could bedazzle them? Smiley
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« Reply #3 on: February 17, 2012, 01:47:02 PM »

Now you are giving away your age.   Wink
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