Hello Sota friends,
Yesterday I did a double activation, the first for me on 2014.
Apart from doing the activation, which is something I always enjoy, I wanted to take that chance to test a new gadget I have built. It is a pack to hold the FT-817 plus the battery and a custom made adaptor for the headset and the Paddle.
Let me explain why I did it.
In the past I used to carry along with me all gear and settle the rig, battery, wiring, etc, in the summit. It takes time to connect all things up in a summit. Sometimes when itâ€™s windy or rainy, itâ€™s even worse, as you want to deploy quickly and donâ€™t want to put your gear on risk of getting dirty, or wetâ€¦
Therefore I thought: â€œwhat if I prepare a sort of pack to keep my rig in the rucksack, with the battery connected in place and with an easy way to plug all accesories like the headset or the cw paddles?â€
Then my homebrew â€˜817 Comm-Packâ€™ was born. This little gadget keeps all parts together. It fits neatly in my rucksack, inside an inner pocket. The top part of the pack lies on top of it so that I can plug and operate quite fast now.
I added a mains button to bypass the battery and avoid that the rig can be accidentally switched on during transportation. And all is kept watertight and protected!
I built the pack in wood and apply some paint to protect it.
You can see some pictures and dimensions here:
I wrote a full description article (sorry, in Spanish for now!) available in:
I think you can figure out most things in the PDF fileâ€¦ but if you want to build one for you and need more details, Iâ€™ll be pleased to help.
Iâ€™ll prepare a video as well. Iâ€™ll let you know when ready.
I didnâ€™t mention that the activations was great, all worked fine in both summits; I had plenty of chasers and worked five S2S which is always a plus to end with a perfect day.
VY 73, take care