KX3 GoBox 2012
As I was contacted by a few HAMs where to get “my” box I would like to give you a little parts-overview. Unfortunately I`m not able to manufacture this box in a higher quantity so you will have to build it yourself. All the necessary stuff was purchased in european online-shops but for sure you will be able to find the same or equal parts in the U.S.
Watch some pics of my SOTA equipment in our
This box weights 1,6 kg = 3,5 lbs – including the components listed below (except the charger) AND the KX3 with its ATU- and filter-option installed (no internal batteries) and a light weight (iphone) headset. My buddipole dipole antenna system weights 2 kg = 4,4 lbs in addition.
|component||description||where to get||picture|
|SIGG case||the box is made of aluminum
very light weight
many different colors available
|SIGG online shop
|LiPo battery||4.000 mAh LiPo battery 11,1 volt
normally used for rc-helicopters
supplies between 12,6 and 10,8V
|battery monitor||LAM-5 lithium-battery-monitor
little display to check battery voltage or %-load of the LiPo
|clock||radio controlled DCF-77 clock||conrad electronic|
|LiPo charger||Robbe Power Peak A4 EQ charger;
stored in the shack; for charging the LiPo via 12V or 230/110V
|panel||self-designed 1mm stainless steel sheet – download: .dxf-zipped | .pdf
Laser cutted and then fitted to the box with some little grinding.
Visit http://www.draftsight.com for free CAD software!
|available via sotabeams.co.uk
|3D fasteners||used to securely mount the panel
search for “GB4xM3″ in the QRP-shop
|BNC-SMA-BNC||adaptors to route the antenna connector through the side of the box||ebay|
|other stuff||switches, connectors of your choice;
PowerPole connectors for charging the LiPo and powering the KX3 whilst in the shack.
|your trusted supplier|
- Some velcro between the KX3 and the ground of the box can give additional support.
- I used a textile tape at the inner edges of the big cutout not to scratch the KX3
- HB9TVK made his own box!
- UPDATE 02/2014: I´ve added a BNC connector between the status switch and the ACC1 for a 2m antenna. A PTT push button has been built in as well (using ACC2).
my primitive circuit diagram:
Have fun and build your own solution to go portable! Comments appreciated!
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