DIY Manpack

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Re: DIY Manpack

Post by DoctorCandelario » Fri Apr 24, 2015 11:50 am

What about a CB for a manpack set-up? Would it be worthy? Or is it better to go with HF?

By the way, very nice work. I always wandered if this was possible and well, im speechless!!

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Re: DIY Manpack

Post by charlie505 » Sat Apr 25, 2015 3:43 pm

I picked this up on E-Bay.
Putting it all together now with an FT-857D.
Your frames looks stronger that the one I got. Will do that for my next project!


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I didn't use this guy, I bought mine for 75 dollars!
http://www.ebay.com/itm/Radio-Station-A ... 35c9c483c0

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Re: DIY Manpack

Post by mattltm » Wed Apr 29, 2015 2:22 pm

I've seen them on ebay but wanted something a little more "custom".

Let us know how you get on with it. Looks very configurable.

Is it made from aluminium?
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Re: DIY Manpack

Post by mattltm » Fri May 01, 2015 3:18 pm

The manpack revisited if anyone wants to see how it has evolved over the past 18 months...

http://www.m0lmk.co.uk/2015/05/01/ft-85 ... revisited/
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Re: DIY Manpack

Post by velojym » Wed Jul 22, 2015 1:40 pm

DoctorCandelario wrote:What about a CB for a manpack set-up? Would it be worthy? Or is it better to go with HF?

By the way, very nice work. I always wandered if this was possible and well, im speechless!!
Well, CB is technically HF, and will act a lot like a low-power 10m rig, which can be a lot of fun. Since a long-term, wide-spread emergency will involve a lot of otherwise unprepared help, CB opens up a lot of folks to the ability to communicate by just bringing Grandpa's dusty old Cobra out of the basement. That's a lot of comm ability just laying around, and it'd be nice to be able to maintain one's own connection to other hams, with some acting as a liason of sorts with CBers.

I think a legal 4w backpack CB, from a mountaintop trail, could do some amazing things, especially when the conditions are right.


Or, in areas without a big ham presence, CB and FRS radios are common enough that they can take the lead. (There's also FRS, GMRS, and MURS, just a matter of what's popular in your area)
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Re: DIY Manpack

Post by Athers » Sun Nov 06, 2016 2:25 am

charlie505 wrote:I picked this up on E-Bay.
Putting it all together now with an FT-857D.
Your frames looks stronger that the one I got. Will do that for my next project!


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I didn't use this guy, I bought mine for 75 dollars!
http://www.ebay.com/itm/Radio-Station-A ... 35c9c483c0


Anyone got a newer link for this frame please

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Re: DIY Manpack

Post by monamart » Mon Nov 19, 2018 8:06 pm

Hello Mattltm and hello everyone... I new to the group and just great ideas.

I just want it to send you a quick thank you for your post on the DYI Ham radio pack.. Once I saw it I had to make one, so I jumped to the local hardware store, bought all the implements and 3 hrs later it was ready.
I looked all over the place to find one as cool as yours and I don't know if I can attach pictures here but let me know if I can send you some.

Thanks and 73's

Mario

note: how can I attach pictures to my post??

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Re: DIY Manpack

Post by majorhavoc » Mon Nov 19, 2018 10:15 pm

monamart wrote:
Mon Nov 19, 2018 8:06 pm
Hello Mattltm and hello everyone... I new to the group and just great ideas.

I just want it to send you a quick thank you for your post on the DYI Ham radio pack.. Once I saw it I had to make one, so I jumped to the local hardware store, bought all the implements and 3 hrs later it was ready.
I looked all over the place to find one as cool as yours and I don't know if I can attach pictures here but let me know if I can send you some.

Thanks and 73's

Mario

note: how can I attach pictures to my post??
The secret to posting pics to ZS is to upload it to an image hosting site like Imgur or Dropbox. Then embed the picture url using the picture icon function above the text window in post editor. You can't have an intro like that and not post pictures of your man-portable amateur radio rig! Pics or it didn't happen, pal!

Always interesting to see how new forum members find their way to Zombie Squad. As you've discovered, we discuss a very broad array of topics here. We also try not to take ourselves too seriously.

Feel free to wander over to the Introductions forum and let us know a little more about yourself. If you went from the kernel of an idea to a completed project in three hours, sounds like you have a lot to contribute to the community here!

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Re: DIY Manpack

Post by monamart » Thu Nov 22, 2018 9:50 pm

Here are the pics

I have added a few more things since I built it.

https://www.dropbox.com/s/1vmmdogtwli6r ... M.jpg?dl=0

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Re: DIY Manpack

Post by monamart » Fri Nov 23, 2018 12:09 pm

More pics, and I still don’t know how to put them here.
Anyway here they go, please let me know if you can see them.

I have added a molly computer bag and a multi purpose bag to carry cables and any other things, also I added a main switch and a plug to charge the battery and also it could be used to power other outside equipment such as USB port or a light, also I added a pvc 1/2” pipe to carry my antenna


https://drive.google.com/file/d/1c8tMm6 ... p=drivesdk

https://drive.google.com/file/d/1a3Kalw ... p=drivesdk

https://drive.google.com/file/d/1u8wRxz ... p=drivesdk

https://drive.google.com/file/d/1LV7TZa ... p=drivesdk

https://drive.google.com/file/d/1Rw8Ubo ... p=drivesdk

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Re: DIY Manpack

Post by mattltm » Sat Nov 24, 2018 1:28 am

Great to see that my original post is still providing inspiration. Nice work!
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