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 portable KX3 pics our
This box weighs 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 weighs 2 kg = 4,4 lbs on top.
|where to get
|the box is made of aluminium
very light weight
many different colors available
|SIGG online shop
|4.000 mAh LiPo battery 11,1 volt
normally used for rc-helicopters
supplies between 12,6 and 10,8V
little display to check battery voltage or %-load of the LiPo
|radio controlled DCF-77 clock
|Robbe Power Peak A4 EQ charger;
stored in the shack; for charging the LiPo via 12V or 230/110V
|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
|used to securely mount the panel
search for “GB4xM3″ in the QRP-shop
|adaptors to route the antenna connector through the side of the box
|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 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).
- DK6AH made his own box!
- AK5SD made his own box!
my primitive circuit diagram:
Have fun and build your own solution to go portable! Comments appreciated!