- The home shack is stalled - waiting for me to finish some work in the addition we recently (okay, maybe not so recently anymore...) did, before I can get back to finishing the basement.
- The mobile shack is in the middle of a CB getting put in.
- I called it my "porta-station" because it was too big and heavy to "go" the way most people think of a go kit. It's more like moving a heavy shipping container.
- It doesn't exist anymore, because I took it apart (insert frowny face here)
In the center of the beast was, from top to bottom, a small RF patch panel for switching between the various antenna connectors that I mounted across the top of the box, a row of switches for turning the various parts on and off, a small power outlet panel that had a volt meter, usb charger, and standard 12v automotive power connector, and the always important fuse block.
The left side of the monster had (some of this stuff is internal and can't be seen in the picture) a Raspberry Pi computer with a 7" display, a mesh node, my 857d, the matching LDG tuner, a port audio patch panel, and external speaker with a separate amplifier and volume control. Running on the Raspberry Pi was a custom command line rig control software that I wrote in Python. Between the mesh node and the rig control software, this not only made this a porta-station, but one that I could use remotely, through a hammesh network. The software was actually a school project (did I mention that I go to night school on top of all this other stuff?!) with the idea that I was building a drop and run emergency relay radio station, so I had a justification for putting this whole thing together - it was educational!
All of this goodness was build into an army surplus medical chest, in which I installed an aluminum frame (my first brazing project!) to hold all the stuff, topped off with a plywood panel to make the face.