Radio communication ground support

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Radio communication ground support

Postby ROCKet STAR » Sun Feb 14, 2016 4:36 pm

So I haven't posted much lately, as I have been busy with a few different things, but thought I would share a little project I have been working on with Nic.

Nic contacted me saying that he could really do with some kind of carry case/portable charging station for the various radios that are used for communications and rocket tracking at launches. We spent some time discussing specifications and what features it should include, and after throwing around a few ideas, I headed round to Nic's place, and this is what we came up with.

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The idea was to build everything into one of the yellow ABS carry cases. This would make it both rugged and easily portable. I started by measuring up the various components and coming up with an initial layout in order to ensure everything fit.


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I passed my almost illegible doodles on to Nic, who turned them into an elegant frame to fit into the case, which we could laser cut from 6mm MDF.


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We cut and assembled the frame, then finished it in an attractive 2pack gloss black.
Then on to assembly!

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The finished unit...

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The whole system can be powered from a 230v mains supply, or from a 12v source (e.g. a vehicle cigarette lighter).

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The finished case has space to securely house six radios and their antennas. Four integrated charging cradles, two 5v 2.1A USB power sources, a 4.2v power source, current limited to 1.6A to facilitate the charging of single cell LiPo batteries. a 5v output and a 12v output.

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Various outputs, utilising banana sockets.


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USB outputs.

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Cradles with radios in position.


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12v and mains power leads fit nicely into the top of the case for transport.

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Ready to go!
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Re: Radio communication ground support

Postby air.command » Sun Feb 14, 2016 5:48 pm

That's very neat guys, looks like a nifty bit of kit! Well done. How much does the whole thing weigh?
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Re: Radio communication ground support

Postby Lister » Sun Feb 14, 2016 9:38 pm

Awesome work. Well done guys.

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Postby CATO » Mon Feb 15, 2016 5:58 am

Nicely done....
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Re: Radio communication ground support

Postby SpaceManMat » Mon Feb 15, 2016 9:57 am

Careful now. Someone might mistake you for professionals.
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Re: Radio communication ground support

Postby jase » Mon Feb 15, 2016 10:11 am

I just shake my head and laugh now when I see what Chris and Nic come up with - freaking awesome work guys 8)

The real question now is, who drank what?

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Re: Radio communication ground support

Postby SpaceManMat » Mon Feb 15, 2016 1:15 pm

jase wrote:I just shake my head and laugh now when I see what Chris and Nic come up with - freaking awesome work guys 8)

The real question now is, who drank what?

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Re: Radio communication ground support

Postby cryoscum » Mon Feb 15, 2016 1:24 pm

air.command wrote:How much does the whole thing weigh?


Hi George, the complete case fully loaded weighs 7.3kg and is clearly well suited for use as either a projectile or blunt instrument. Blake will have to stay out of range... :)
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Re: Radio communication ground support

Postby jase » Mon Feb 15, 2016 3:33 pm

cryoscum wrote:I had to spike his drink clandestinely... It had no effect. :?


Oh wow, you too! I did the same thing to him at Thunda :wink:

Well played Nic - Cheers matey :lol:
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Re: Radio communication ground support

Postby ROCKet STAR » Wed Feb 17, 2016 12:36 am

jase wrote:
cryoscum wrote:I had to spike his drink clandestinely... It had no effect. :?


Oh wow, you too! I did the same thing to him at Thunda :wink:

Well played Nic - Cheers matey :lol:


So that explains the terrible post Thunda hangover!
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Re: Radio communication ground support

Postby jase » Thu Feb 18, 2016 8:34 am

ROCKet STAR wrote:So that explains the terrible post Thunda hangover!


I think most of us had one of those!
8)

Here's some proof :lol: :lol: :lol:

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(one of my favorite 'shots' from the event)... :wink:

Incidentally, those shorts I had on have never been the same - normally I blow the ar$e out, those ones, I blew the front out :shock:
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Re: Radio communication ground support

Postby cryoscum » Thu Feb 18, 2016 8:55 am

jase wrote:...normally I blow the ar$e out, those ones, I blew the front out :shock:


That is just WRONG!! Did the guys next to you know this at the time !?
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Re: Radio communication ground support

Postby jase » Thu Feb 18, 2016 9:41 am

cryoscum wrote:That is just WRONG!! Did the guys next to you know this at the time !?


:lol: :lol: :lol: Know it? They encouraged it!!! :wink:

Nah, it happened when I was taping on the fin tips of the V2 - I swear to god I have no idea how it happened :oops:

There is a picture of Ken and I standing next to the V2 and I've got my hat covering my front 'bits'...

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...I jumped in the moke and made a b-line back to camp for some fresh pants :lol: :lol: :lol:

*sigh* what an awesome event - I still grin thinking about it 8)

Hey - sorry to get sidetracked :oops: So where do you get those cool yellow cases from?
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Re: Radio communication ground support

Postby strud » Thu Feb 18, 2016 10:30 am

There's a simple explanation for blowing out the front of your pants..... (that came out badly)

Far too excited !!!

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Re: Radio communication ground support

Postby jase » Thu Feb 18, 2016 12:41 pm

Hey Strud - I'm not sure that my 'angry inch' could have produced such a catastrophic wardrobe malfunction...

...I probably was way too exited though!!!
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