Wednesday 9 March 2016

Radio Head

A while ago I was writing about the radio mount I was designing & printing, well there’s been some developments.

Firstly, there’s been some testing, a blatt a couple of weeks ago showed that the radio worked just fine, but hearing what was being said was a bit hit & miss, also finding the “press-to-transmit” button was not always easy to find dangling on its wire.

So there’s been some changes. For a “simple two-way radio” it’s now quite complex, it this picture you can see (starting at the right):-

The radio

The “battery eliminator” (power supply)

The 3D printed radio mount

Two jack plug extension leads with a bracket

An aerial quick release plug & socket

A new headset with remote PTT button

There’s also an antenna & a co-ax extension lead still on the car

My plan is to fit the radio to the rear bulkhead behind the passenger seat, it’ll be plugged into the 12v socket on the roll bar & connected to the high mounted antenna, which will have the QR connectors on. The jack plug extensions will be plugged into the radio with the socket bracket mounted somewhere accessible to plug the headset in & the PTT button will be attached to the gearstick where I can find it.

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