Since the first blog post announcing the start of my adventure into the world of ham radio a couple of months have passed in which I have tried to come up with a creative solution to my main problem: I do have two QTH's and whilst the reception is great at my secondary location (OE3) reception is miserable at my primary location (OE5). Since I spend most of my time in OE5 the only solution is to go mobile.
Now this is were my other problem arises: I do only have one radio which I am carrying from QTH OE5 to the car, from the car to QTH OE5, from QTH OE5 to car to QTH OE3, ... The front panel of my Kenwood TM-D700 is not connected with the transceiver which means I have to carry a lot of sensitive equipment around everytime I move the radio. Since I am also starting to look into SOTA participation I have realised the need for a rugged setup for easily carrying around my radio. Let's begin ...
The basic chassis for the portable ham radio rig consists of CNC milled aluminium plates connected via 3D printed connectors:
The transceiver part of the Kenwood TM-D700 is mounted in the middle of the chassis:
In front a 10 mm macrolon plate is mounted to serve as a base plate for the display which is glued to the macrolon plate.
On the bottom of the chassis rubber feet are applied to prevent scratches when keeping the radio rig on smooth surfaces such as your dining room table 🙂
On the next picture you can actually see the portable ham radio rig happily sitting on the dining table:
On this picture you can clearly see that the display mount is glued to the macrolon plate. No external glue was applied since the display mount is delivered with an extremely adhesive base.
A handle was added on top to have an easy way of picking the radio up and move it somewhere else:
Side view of the complete portable ham radio rig with handle
It works terrific 🙂 Setting up ham radio in my car takes now less than half of the time previously needed. I could only further reduce that time by buying a second radio but I'd rather not amass too much different radios this early on my ham radio journey 🙂