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Ham Carrying Case
By John - KL7JR

While at Best Buy the other day I noticed some carrying cases measuring about 25 inches long by 13 inches wide by 6 inches deep for sale at $29 each. I don't remember what they were called but you could buy them separately or as part of a guitar package.

After carefully studying them for a new use, I decided they were heavy duty enough for packing my HF station as carry on luggage or for every day use. The carry case is designed to be used as a table and comes with 4 aluminum legs which telescope out and screw in to the case. I kept the legs for my next antenna experiment! I just left the plastic pieces on the case that accept the legs. It looks better with them on.

The comparable name brand chrome looking padded suit cases cost well over $100 making these carry cases a bargain! The cases come with a bit of foam padding but I cut out my own padding to fit my gear. The padding I used is available at Wal-Mart in the pillow section for about $4 for 2 "Poly-Fil" pads 15 inches by 17 inches by 1 inch). My TS-50 xcvr, RS-35A power supply, Z-100 auto tuner, a mini-push up 48 inch tall mast, associated cables, hand mic and a wire antenna fit nicely in the case. You can cut your padding depending on your equipment. To error on the safe side, I'll also wrap a bungee cord around the case just to be sure it stays together as my station is heavy.

I even found a new use for an old ham License plate I had laying around.

73 de "Yukon John", KL7JR


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