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Surplus Case from Skycraft Parts #ubitx #bitx40

w4rjp
 

Last Saturday went to the Orlando, Fl Hamfest looking for a uBitx case.  Despite all the tailgaters/vendors none seem to have suitable cases. (Did snag an almost new Experimental Methods in RF Design book for $10, so not a total waste of time.)

My buddy and I decided to head over to Skycraft Parts & Surplus in the afternoon. While he made the rounds for parts for his next project, I headed for the surplus cases.  There on the top shelf were 5 aluminum cases. Pulled one down and said WOW, it is perfect for the BitX. They were made for transportation IP based video systems. The size is 8.2 X 8 X 3.5 inches and has separate panels for top, bottom, front and rear. As you can see from the pictures attached, the LCD hole is already cut as well as holes for a fan, BNC, and switch. Even included a circuit board with LCD, fan, BNC, etc.  Price $9.95.

If you are in the central Florida area (they will mail order) and are in need of an outstanding aluminum case for your uBitx or Bitx40/20 may want to check it out. Suspect they won't be on the shelf too long.

Ross - VA1KAY
 

Here's a fun case I saw in Harbor Freight today.  Very handy if you want to keep your uBITX "safe" or if you just want to hide the fact that you are a uBITX owner!! 

Stephen Johnson <stephenpjohnsonsr@...>
 

I took your tip and bought several of these boxes by mail. There are different models. One has four nice BNC connectors. The other type has some four pin devices with a dot near one of the pins near the input connector that I  can’t identify. They are marked “107”. I thought they might be rf amps? Any help?
Steve N2FT


On Sat, Feb 17, 2018 at 2:11 PM w4rjp <pearsall20@...> wrote:
Last Saturday went to the Orlando, Fl Hamfest looking for a uBitx case.  Despite all the tailgaters/vendors none seem to have suitable cases. (Did snag an almost new Experimental Methods in RF Design book for $10, so not a total waste of time.)

My buddy and I decided to head over to Skycraft Parts & Surplus in the afternoon. While he made the rounds for parts for his next project, I headed for the surplus cases.  There on the top shelf were 5 aluminum cases. Pulled one down and said WOW, it is perfect for the BitX. They were made for transportation IP based video systems. The size is 8.2 X 8 X 3.5 inches and has separate panels for top, bottom, front and rear. As you can see from the pictures attached, the LCD hole is already cut as well as holes for a fan, BNC, and switch. Even included a circuit board with LCD, fan, BNC, etc.  Price $9.95.

If you are in the central Florida area (they will mail order) and are in need of an outstanding aluminum case for your uBitx or Bitx40/20 may want to check it out. Suspect they won't be on the shelf too long.

w4rjp
 

Stephen:  Glad you scored a couple of the cases.   Have not seen a better case for the uBitX or BitX40. One of the best things about the case is way it is constructed.

Pulled down all of the cases from the shelf at Skycraft and saw the different configurations. The case I bought had no heat sinking, so I doubt (at least with my case) had any RF capability.  Guess there might have been several different variations/pieces of the IP Video Surveillance System that used the same case. Only a guess....

Bob, W4RJP

Stephen Johnson <stephenpjohnsonsr@...>
 

The parts that might be RF amps are on the BNC input.  I think the box is some kind of demod.

Steve, N2FT

On Fri, Mar 2, 2018 at 5:01 PM, w4rjp <pearsall20@...> wrote:
Stephen:  Glad you scored a couple of the cases.   Have not seen a better case for the uBitX or BitX40. One of the best things about the case is way it is constructed.

Pulled down all of the cases from the shelf at Skycraft and saw the different configurations. The case I bought had no heat sinking, so I doubt (at least with my case) had any RF capability.  Guess there might have been several different variations/pieces of the IP Video Surveillance System that used the same case. Only a guess....

Bob, W4RJP


w4rjp
 

Could have some RF capability.   I know Florida DOT has fiber running in the Turnpike and Interstate rights-of-way.  The citizen call boxes are RF, but the cameras I see on top of the poles do not appear to have any RF.  According the company website they say they are IP based, but who knows.

Bob, W4RJP

Carl Beck
 

You might want to take a look at the Case I designed for the uBITX.

w4rjp
 

Very nice case, Carl.   Would make anyone's uBitX proud.

73, Bob W4RJP