I thought it might be an idea to have a thread to post details of 3D prints people have designed that might be useful for portable radio operation.
So to kick things off, here’s a simple one I created the other day to provide a cable strain relief for PowerPole connectors:
The PowerPole clips into the holder. I’d recommend printing in PETG as its much more tolerant to tugs on the cable, plus if done carefully it will withstand heat enough to be able to heatshrink the cable:
I wouldn’t print this in PLA as its mechanical properties aren’t suitable for this type of application (its very likely to fracture).
An adaptor to use a Li-ion battery from my Bosch drill as a 12v power source for /P before I bought a LiFePO4 battery. It slides onto the top of the battery and the paperclips make contact with the battery contacts. Voltage regulator is electrically very noisy so dont use this any more.
The spiders for my 70cm quagi antenna which I occasionally take on an activation for a laugh. I made a 2m version which was a challenge on an Ender 3, and was so ridiculously big it only got used once.
Theres more but I think that’s enough
I dont have anywhere at home for wood/metal working so since getting the 3D printer I’ve used it for making all kinds of things, often things very bespoke to me so you cant buy them anywhere.
Like you I’ve been designing several small replacement parts for things that broke, but do get to do some more interesting bits from time to time. The latest is a small 9:1 for my lightweight random wire antenna:
I use this one to hold my phone for logging. Printed mount holds a velcro strap which goes around my leg or arm, depending on how I’m operating. I glued on an iPhone MagSafe magnet. My phone snaps right on, and I can orient it however I need to so that it’s aligned for easy logging. Lately it’s been on my left arm while operating, but if there’s a good place to sit, it’ll be right leg. It has a little bit of contour on the back so it’s fairly comfortable to wear.