/portable /mobile project

Discussion in 'On the Road' started by WV0CQ, Jan 22, 2018.

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  1. WV0CQ

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    Since we don't have a strictly /portable forum, and this is also my /mobile (and /mm) rig, I thought I would post this in here. Maybe someone can gain something from my experiences with this project and my previous /portable project that this replaced.


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  2. N8PSI

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    I really like your setup. I was trying to figure out how to secure the components inside my tote box. Seeing how you did it makes a lot sense. Thanks for the inspration.

    Would greatly appreciate seeing how you charge the battery, ground everything, and placement of the holes for the cables.

    Here's the first incarnation of my tote box: http://www.n8psi.info/2018/02/building-my-portable-ham-box.html
  3. WV0CQ

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    I didn't even think about taking pics of the cable hole before I packed everything up and put it back into the truck, so, I'll try to describe what I did.

    I used a 1.75" hole saw and cut a single hole out one of the sides and I plug the hole with a plumbers "test plug" (1.5" - which expands well passed 1.75" when tightened down)


    This plug makes the hole water-tight. It's very easy to take in/out as the plug I have has a wing-nut on it. Very simple way of making things work.

    As for charging, I just attach my charger to it. I can run the charging cable out of the cable hole or whatever. The battery is easily removed as well.
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  4. WV0CQ

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    and as for grounding, I will run a ground cable from outside, through the hole, if need be, which obviously I can't do when operating /mm, but when portable, it's easy to tap a short ground rod into the ground and run a cable up and through the cable hole.
  5. N8PSI

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    Thanks. I appreciate the additional info.

    I was worried about running power and RF cables along side each for fear of interference.
  6. WV0CQ

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    Not with DC. AC, yes, I've not had any problems running DC.
  7. WV0CQ

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    I should clarify, DC from a battery, no alternator or generator involved.
  8. BG4NNI

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    Thank you. I'm BG4NNI.

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