Thought this project fell by the wayside?

 

No So…

 

The Version 1.0 is the Anytone Smart CB and a QYT KT-8900 VHF/UHF, External speaker, USB Power Ports x2, Volt Meter, Anderson Power Pole power inputs, and a 40mm, 5 CFM Fan to move some air in the box

The CNC faceplate didn’t work out… The cuts are not square, nor are the holes where I asked for them… and the radio cutouts are either too large, or too small…
So I went old school: table saw, Jig saw, and drill…

comm-can-insert-front

Got it all crammed in there… built it free standing

comm-can-insert-rear

Snug fit in the box

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Recessed for the mics to lay on top

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Need POWER!

 

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Using a basic RS Scanner/2m/70cm antenna in my garage attic at 12′ AGL, full quieting into a repeater about 120 miles to the north west

That will work…

 

I have decided to start a project that is along the “Go Box” “Bug Out Set” ect…

Now, I’m not a Prepper/Survivalist to the extreme some are, however, I do like having good Communications setups in a mobile package.

I’m looking at building a radio setup that will fit in a 50 Cal (M2A1) Ammo Can, on a budget… and I do not care about the CB vs HAM vs MURS vs GRMS vs FRS debate… I have a HAM license, and I am a CB Operator, But if gets bad enough to deploy with this thing, licenses and “Legal Power limits/radio configurations” are not going to matter much anymore…

I know FRS radios are Piss Weak at 0.5 Watts and can not have a detachable antenna, I know you are supposed to have a license for GRMS (Pay a fee, get a license… sounds like a way to supplement cash flow for a over budget, bloated Government entity…

The inside of the M2A1 50 Cal Ammo can is 11″ long x 5.5″ wide x 6.5″ Deep

The paln for the the can? 2 radios, 3 bands of coverage for 11 M AM/FM, and VHF/UHF. My formerly reviewed Anytone Smart CB will get me 11 and 10 meters AM/FM and a QYT KT-8900 will cover 2M, 70cm, MURS, FRS, and GRMS.

As I said in my review, the Anytone Smart CB is a Great little radio, SMALL 4” Wide x 4.25” Deep x 7/8” tall, and full legal 11 meter power, that being said I would like SSB, but no one makes a small form factor SSB rig… YET… I did a review of the radio here: https://reverendbow.wordpress.com/2016/04/11/122/

Although I do have a Yeticom Optima that is 1 DIN size and will give me all modes on 12, 11, and 10…. so that is a contender as well, but that setup wouldn’t be nearly as budget minded, the Optima is no longer in production, but could be substituted with a Magnum 257, which is easier to find, but at 6″ W x 2″ H x 9.5″, it is too big for the target M2A1 Can…

but I digress…

I just ordered the QYT KT-8900 and am waiting for it to arrive. It is also a compact setup at 3 7/8″ Wide x 4 5/8″ Deep x 1 3/8″ Tall .
I figure for the VHF/UHF modes, that will cover it. I purchased it from here: http://www.radioddity.com/us/two-way…ing-cable.html

But I hear the Baofeng UV-2501 (Gen 3) is a better version of the same rig… so I also have a UV-2501 and the USB power cord for the Baofeng UV-5R charger coming, as I have a UV-5RV+ as well…

I am planing to run it from an external 12V power source using Anderson Power Pole connections in the face plate.

I would love to do a setup like the Operator G1, but at a more affordable price, and more bands of coverage.
http://www.portableuniversalpower.co…s/operator-g1/

I envision a “Face Plate” when the lid is open with the radios recessed. Antenna connections on the face plate (to keep it water tight), and the power connection on the face plate with an external speaker also in the face plate. I drew up this tonight, still need to find a spot for an exhaust fan…

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As a side note, I do have ICOM HF (x2), VHF, UHF/VHF, a stack of 11M (or wider) radios and a wide band receiver, but consider this a backup in a small package.

My intent is to build a setup that is inexpensive, offers a few bands, and may help a person that is a prepper, that may be a bit overwhelmed with the Comms Aspect of being prepared. It seems the electronics freak people out.
Has anyone else built anything similar?

Simon the Wizard is some great news on his blog about the Apollo II radio hitting the streets in Europe… Rumor has it it will be in the US of A under the Stryker name…

Seems this blog is the one stop CB availability shop these days. Why not! Dealers, resellers are welcome here as they keep this hobby alive. This time it’s Limmared which will have the CRT in…

Source: Limmared Gets The CRT-2000 1,495KR

CB Radio is something we are all passionate about and when the rules change and new information comes then we need to share this quickly. So please find below the latest news from the ECBF.  R…

Source: Important News From ECBF! Things Got Serious! 27Mhz Could End In 10 Years

Totally not radio related, but rest in peace to a incredible musical talent gone way to soon…

Well… If you know me, you might know that friends don’t let friends run stock radios… and I like nice full, CLEAN audio.

I started to get a Baseline of the Receiver In AM (RED) and FM (Grey) Modes using Band Noise:

STK RX White Noise

Next I did a 40Hz-5000Hz Sweep through the Microphone;  Cyan is Stock, Green is the Modified:

TX Sweep Stk and BME_V1

One thing to not: While there isn’t a huge difference, the Modified  (Green) line is a bit flatter. Flatter is better…

Finally, I did an audio check using my voice. Stock is the Yellow Trace, Modified is the Red Trace.

TX AM_STKvsBME_V1

Again, not a huge difference, but a new radio, and with no schematics, this isn’t going to be as easy as say a Cobra 148…

I will take what I can get, a little at a time…

 

I was recently asked on a Radio Forum about the under modulation at the high power setting of 8 Watts in AM mode on my Anytone Smart

“How far down can you turn the power while in High Power Mode and still get 100% modulation?”

I tried today, and learned something new about the : High Power setting, Modulated it… the AM/FM Power adjustment has NO adjustment in the high power setting… and the Modulation adjustment still won’t go to 100%…

In the Low Power Mode, it will adjust up to about 5 watts Carrier and fully modulate…

Interesting…

The High Power setting is probably more for FM, because in other countries, FM is the mode on 11 meters… here in “The Land Of The Free”, we (by law) can not use FM Mode on 11 meters… or  communicate over 153.5 Miles, run over 4 watts Carrier/12 Watts SSB, etc…