Has anyone, does anyone know of a protective case for a FT-857? I have seen things like side rails but I am after a case to protect the radio from damage/scratches.(like a silicone case?)
I do have a old camera case that I use, but when I put the other bits etc in the case they rub on the radio.
I’ve started using my 857D after collecting virtual dust for a very long time. I’m not particularly bothered about scratching it but I do care about offering it some protection.
Part of my solution is to separate the head and pack it more carefully than the main unit which I slip into a soft case that offers modest protection and then place it above extra clothing. Most of my trail tumbles seem to have me losing my boot grip and landing posterior down which is where the extra clothing comes into play.
I’m with MM0FMF on this. Especially for SOTA a “bag” made from bubble wrap is ideal. I then put that in one of those plastic sleeved mailing envelopes that are very waterproof and add even extra protection for rainy weather (although normally my backpack rain cover does that).
Don’t add extra weight unless you really need to. Also, if you treat your backpack as if it has a radio in it then you can’t go wrong…
Seriously John, you’d be surprised how tough a bubble wrap bag can be and how much protection it provides. Also your radio is a lot tougher that you probably credit. Yes bubble wrap looks cheap so it matches me perfectly. I’ll take a picture or 2 inside my bag. But first the hound wants a walk.
Corrugated cardboard and packing tape slip on sleeve.
Doesn’t take 5 minutes to make.
I have a double layer at the front as it’s primary purpose is to protect the knobs, as I (fatally) bent the volume/squelch pot shaft.
Courier boxes are excellent thin , strong cardboard. Some like fedex boxes have a basically waterproof coating outside.
A few good thoughts. Bubble wrap was not one i has considered and also the sleeved mailing envelopes.
I had considered a clip down butty box such as Sistema and mount the radio to the box.
Going back to the IP67 case, I think I have some suitable foam in the loft… maybe I need to get creative
Bubble wrap or the envelopes as above are good for most things.
I also use the clip-lock type food containers for my IC-7100 controller and the IC-705.
I cut out a suitable protective cover for the controls from white polyurethane packing material.
NOTE: Bubble wrap can also be used for keeping food warm until you reach your summit.