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  1. Portable Radio Solutions Scott Honaker, N7SS

  2. Define the objectives • Capabilities vs. size and weight • Ease of deployment and use • Robust design • Will it withstand rough handling/weather • Clever/fun features • Professional appearance and layout Scott Honaker, N7SS

  3. Let’s look at the elements • Radios and accessories • Cases/enclosures • Power supply and distribution • Antenna systems Scott Honaker, N7SS

  4. Radios and accessories • VHF/UHF • HF + antenna tuner • TNC or sound card adapter • D-STAR capability • Laptop/netbook • Coaxes, adapters, headset, pens/pencils, notepads, forms, manuals Scott Honaker, N7SS

  5. Cases and enclosure options • Pelican/Stormcases • Portable music rack-style cases • Ammo cans/ANVIS case • Dry boxes • Plastic tubs • Toolboxes • Video game cases Scott Honaker, N7SS

  6. Pelican/StormCase • Rugged Plastic • Expensive • Locking, Watertight • Open on top Scott Honaker, N7SS

  7. Portable music rack cases • From SKB, Gator, GRC, Eurolite, TKL, etc. • 19” wide x ~2 inch “Rack Units” • Rugged – Vinyl over wood or plastic • Moderate price • Available with shock mounting • Rack rails available separately Scott Honaker, N7SS

  8. Music cases Scott Honaker, N7SS

  9. Ammo can/ANVIS case • Ammo cans are limited in size, heavy with uncomfortable handles • Both are metal, rugged and gasketed Scott Honaker, N7SS

  10. Drybox • Gasketed plastic ammo can style • Only a couple sizes • Lightweight, rugged, limited mounting options Scott Honaker, N7SS

  11. Plastic tubs • Unlimited varieties/sizes • Generally not as rugged or weatherproof • Inexpensive • Complicated mounting Scott Honaker, N7SS

  12. Toolboxes • Plastic boxes are tapered • Metal provides simpler mounting Scott Honaker, N7SS

  13. More Toolboxes Scott Honaker, N7SS

  14. Video game cases • Storage for game and controllers • Most are top-opening • Softcases available Scott Honaker, N7SS

  15. Tactical Cases • TAC-COMM TRC-1 • iPortable Rack System

  16. More Cases Scott Honaker, N7SS

  17. Power supplies • Switching supplies are compact • Available from Astron, Samlex, Alinco, Jetstream, Gamma Research and MFJ • Can be noisy on HF • Extras include meters, additional power outlets, adjustable voltage Scott Honaker, N7SS

  18. Power Supplies Scott Honaker, N7SS

  19. Power distribution • West Mountain Radio Rigrunners are ideal • Other Anderson Powerpole options • Fuse blocks available (marine versions are best) • Barrier strips can also be used (be aware of inadvertent contact – no insulation) Scott Honaker, N7SS

  20. Powerpoles Scott Honaker, N7SS

  21. VHF/UHF Antennas • Mag mount verticals • Larsen BSA kit • Small yagis/quads • Mast material, guys, tripod, shims, bungee cords Scott Honaker, N7SS

  22. HF Antennas • Wire dipoles, windom or G5RV • Buddipole with tripod, mast, guys • Verticals - Superantennas MP-1, hamstick or screwdriver with ground radials Scott Honaker, N7SS