I guess if it were all gold plated and free into the
bargain.....there would still be someone to come
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up with some trivial complaints !
On 08/05/2018 13:47, richcarter03052
I got my case last
week and assembled the radio. I really like the case. It's well
made and well worth the money.
I have a few comments.
The potentiometer holes in the front-panel are too small.
Drilling they out is trivial but necessary.
There is a replacement volume control pot included with the case
kit. The replacement lacks an on/off switch. I assume that the
issue here is that it's impossible to find a knob for the
pot/switch included in the original kit. There is a new on/off
button for the back panel. I can't see anyone wanting the button
located on the back so I ordered a replacement pot with integral
switch on ebay.
The audio jacks for the front-panel are made for PCB mounting.
These are hard to wire. I replaced mine with panel mount jacks
from my parts bin.
The kit includes three small circuit cards. One for wiring the
power button and fuse-holder, now not needed since I discarded the
button. One for wiring the encoder. Since I already wired it,
not much use to me. One for a serial and USB port and two audio
jacks on the back-panel. There are no instructions so I have no
idea how to wire this and i have no idea what the jacks are for.
There's an LED for the front-panel that should display TX/RX
state. This might be nice, but I can tell the radio mode without
it. No wiring instructions for this either.
Feet are included with the kit. They are too tall and not
necessary. I put small stick-on rubber pads on the bottom of
The kit includes duplicate parts like the pots and audio jacks
already included in the original kit. I assume this is to replace
them if they are damaged when disassembling the kit for mounting
in the new case. The extra parts seem like a waste of money for
I have no idea what I'll do with this thing when I'm finished. I
need another rig like I need another hole in my head. It's an
entertaining project however.
Rich - KE1EV