First I am cheap. Then I am unemployed. And lastly it is foolish to travel to the next big city to find a padded pelican case and pay for it as much as the kit costs, AND as much for gas money. So an old Tupperware brand food container was used. See, I do try for quality when I can!
So I started with placing a carton sheet on the bottom of the box, and continued by laying the items, and marking the dividers position. Then I removed the carton, made the dividers and glued them on. Then I proceeded with gluing thin packing foam sheet.
With a bit thicker packing foam I covered the bottom of the compartments and I also cut a covering sheet by the same material.
And I ended up with the following. Not pretty, but functional, and easy enough for your kid to do.
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Starting with a Note… I started this Notes series as a way to redirect readers to worthwhile articles and info sources. Sort of what you do when you share a post in Facebook. I strive for original content, so this method allows me to avoid informing readers of the good stuff out there without having to synthesize a new article of my own.
On the subject matter now, recently I stumbled on 2 articles on Inverters and the way to apply them for off-grid (read that as emergency also) power. They are on the Off-Grid HAM blog. Check them out!
AC Inverters For Off Grid Power, Part 1
AC Inverters For Off Grid Power, Part 2
This is a continuation of two other projects the External Battery Pack for our handheld radios and an improvement on the Battery Eliminator we did for the Bao.
The Battery-Pack / Powerbank
This is a smaller size using two 18650 Lithium-ion rechargables to get the same voltage as the original Baofeng battery.
We have an affinity for the 18650 batteries, mainly because they are easy to handle, they lead the battery technology at the moment, can be cross loaded to other devices such as USB powerbanks, and we have a plenty of, since we are into flashlights too.
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Luckily most handheld radios and some QRP Rigs (Low Power shortwave radios) have an alternate AA battery option. It is prudent to include a AA case for any radio you own, but DO TEST it first.
Do not make the assumption that all will work fine, there are two hidden bugs particular to any radio.
– Voltage incompatibility depending on the type of batteries you use.
– The radio dropping its power on AA batteries.
So in the past few days we have been testing our Baofeng with various kind of AAA batteries options. Also Kenwood has details enough on final power out in the manual of the TH-F6 handheld that we also own. To summarize both:
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