Radio To Go

The Yaesu FTM-400XDR I have mounted in the Jeep for mobile ops is only a dual band 2M/70m radio, and I wanted to expand my comms capabilities to HF.   After passing my General Exam I started shopping around for a HF rig.  Since I was already familiar with Yaesu quality, menus and configs I decide on the FT-857d –  another small portable rig that I could take on our trips.

I started researching carry cases, packs, and rails.  There are several options out there, but none that quite suited my needs/wants so it was going to be up to me to customize something.  I wanted it as light as it could be, but with the versatility to use at home as a base unit, but also packable for trips or even hiking. I have seen several builds and designs so had an idea of what I wanted.

What I started with was a DIY Radio Transceiver Antenna Tuner Carrier Backpack Holder from Ebay.  Here how it arrived and put together in its stock form.

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The stock measurements are 19 3/4 L x 12 5/8 W (Sorry forgot to measure the height, but its was about 6.5)

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Here is the Yaesu FT-857D and LDG Z-100 Auto tuner in the rack with a 12v 10Ah Battery.  Pretty large for what I want/need.

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Since this DIY kit is like a big Erector set, I started moving pieces around to make the entire unit a little smaller.

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I decided to use the mounting plates as the battery enclosure and have one hinge open for easy access to the battery and cable/wiring connections.

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Planning to use this flexible neck for the head unit.

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It will have feet on the end to allow the unit to free stand up off the ground.

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Here are the final cut pieces and assembly.  Final dimensions are 16 L x 5 H x 6 3/4 W

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Total weight is about 20 lbs (9kg).

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Now it’s time to head to the field to do a shake down with this setup.

For a portable HF antenna, I am using the Buddipole Deluxe Kit, a hf/vhf portable dipole antenna system which is designed to be modular, versatile, and efficient.  http://www.buddipole.com/

 

2 thoughts on “Radio To Go

  1. That looks awesome! Would you have a link to the eBay product that you are using as the frame for the Yaesu 857D in your build?

    Thanks.

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