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    My FT-857 manpack

    I built my original FT-857 based manpack back in 2013. The original post is on my blog here...

    FT-857 Portable Manpack | M0LMK

    It's been in heavy use over the past 18 months and has had a few modifications along the way so I thought I better update my blog with the details. Here is how it looks today...

    FT-857 Manpack revisited | M0LMK

    So that's one of my /P stations. Just pick up the bag and go!
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    Re: My FT-857 manpack

    Interesting. I may build a copper pipe frame like that for my Alinco DX-70TH which will make a nice /P radio. It is small physically and it can be set for 5 or 50 watts so it should work fine for battery operation. I feel a project coming on. (o:

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    Let me know if you would like a copy of the CAD drawings. I've given away over 100 of them now!

    I love the frame. It's strong and protects the radio from knocks and bumps. Simple to make and modify to almost any radio and holds all of your accessories too. The fishing reel counterpoise is just so simple to use and prevents having tangled wires too!
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    Re: My FT-857 manpack

    HI Matt

    Sure!!! I would like the drawings. It would save me lots of time figuring out dimensions. My DX-70TH is similar in size to the FT-817. Is it something you can e-mail? If so my e-mail is wd5ikx (at) juno.com

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    Re: My FT-857 manpack

    Done.

    Let me know if you have any questions.
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    Got it! Great info on your blog too.

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    Re: My FT-857 manpack

    Look who got a name-check in my "Operating Portable" talk at tonight's meeting of the Chelmsford Amateur Radio Society...
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    Oh, and here's my frame after a session with a blow-torch and a spray-paint:
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    Re: My FT-857 manpack

    nice job Charlie and Matt,
    Like them lots.
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    Look at me Ma! I'm famous!

    How did it go Charlie? I'm giving a /P talk at the local club in a few weeks. Any tips?
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    Re: My FT-857 manpack

    There were also links to ARPOC and RaDAR, too

    It went really well, 52 in the room and I managed to prattle-on for about an hour. I guess you need to pitch it to the audience you are expecting. We had a fair bit of "kit" on the table at the front but did stress that a lot of it wasn't essential, and that you acquire useful "gubbins" over time. A provisional write-up is on the CARS site with more to be added shortly: CARS, Past Club Meetings in 2015, April, May, June

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