I think I completed my rig in a box setup and I’m very satisfied by the final result. If you red my previous post you know that I’m trying to have a complete setup in a Pelican 1200 case.
The setup was already good but needed some refinement and that’s what I’ve done those days.
Now everything is cabled so that the only thing that I have to do is attach the KX3 to an antenna, turn on the KX3 itself and the Nexus 7 2013 tablet.
I’ll use the setup with the HyEndFed QRP antenna on a 10m DX-Wire portable mast but inside the Pelican 1200 there’s a WonderLoop antenna and I finally I’ve been able to find a nice way to attach it solidly to the case when I want to use it. I made a small hole on the back of the WonderLoop and places a small nut inside so that I can then use a lock it with a screw using one of the holes in the Pelican case, that are meant to be used with a lock. Tested today and it works well. Solid and I only added the weight of a screw + nut to the setup 😉
Here are a few pictures of the setup:
When in use the cover of the SideKX becomes a sort of small table perfect to place the Palm Mini Mono paddle.
The actual setup includes:
- Elecraft KX3 with SideKX with cover
- Nexus 7 2013 tablet (with KX3 Companion!) 😀
- Repoo E6300 bluetooth keyboard
- Elecraft MH3 Microphone
- 10mAh 9v/12v Battery for KX3
- 2.8 mAh 8 AA Rechargeable batteries
- 14mAh 5v Battery for Nexus 7 and/or BT keyboard
- Elecraft KXUSB cable
- 2 audio cables for audio in/out with splitter for Nexus 7
- OTG cable
- WonderLoop antenna with adapters and short RG58 cable
- Palm Mini Mono Paddle
Total weight (case included): 4.1 Kg
I hope you like the setup and if you have any idea to improve it let me know. Also if you want to share your, please send me pictures so that I can publish them to inspire other people.
72/73, Andrea IU4APC