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xrunner:

--- Quote from: joeqsmith on September 23, 2023, 12:57:19 pm ---Looking good. 

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Thanks.


--- Quote ---Risers are going to be an 'H' beam?
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Pic attached. A series of "H" figures I suppose you could say.

I decided to get the side risers finalized. I re-dimensioned the part I had already drawn up to fit the observations I made recently regarding the needed internal case height. I will 3D print these in the next few days and see if they will work for the project.

Addemdum: Oh I just thought of one more addition to that part for strength, I will add tomorrow.


--- Quote --- Are you planning to run the RF connectors out the sides to make it easier to place in-line?

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Naw, this ain't no inline meter in the sense of a Bird. Every desktop SWR / power meter I've ever had has the RF connections out the back panel

joeqsmith:
I was thinking 'H' or 'I' like an I-beam that the case will ride in the two channels, locked into place.  You have a screw and fingers on one side.  If I push from the outside in, what prevents the plastic from cracking? 


--- Quote ---Every desktop SWR / power meter I've ever had has the RF connections out the back panel
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I could send you that RS70 that comes out the sides.   Funny, not one ham claimed to have a working one and tore it down.   I may decide to go ahead and add a strap to that coax and see if I can adjust it.   Can't believe the shit people sell, and get away with it. 

xrunner:

--- Quote from: joeqsmith on September 24, 2023, 01:36:43 am ---I was thinking 'H' or 'I' like an I-beam that the case will ride in the two channels, locked into place.  You have a screw and fingers on one side.  If I push from the outside in, what prevents the plastic from cracking?

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Good observations.  :-+

It would have to be a large force for it to crack. However it's possible it would be able to be pushed in a bit mainly at each end (not in the middle where the screw is). I'm going to add a horizontal reinforcement "rib" to help prevent any bending. I could even make the riser thicker towards the inside of the case and it won't affect the look of it as viewed from the outside. We will see if or how many  revisions to the design are needed.

I think the case after all this is going to look nice. Black front and back panels, and a black riser on each side with yellow OLED display.


--- Quote ---Every desktop SWR / power meter I've ever had has the RF connections out the back panel
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--- Quote ---I could send you that RS70 that comes out the sides.   Funny, not one ham claimed to have a working one and tore it down.   I may decide to go ahead and add a strap to that coax and see if I can adjust it.   Can't believe the shit people sell, and get away with it.

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Yes I'd like to see if you can get it calibrated. Throw down challenge to you.

joeqsmith:

--- Quote ---Throw down challenge to you.
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    :-DD :-DD   That poor meter.   If I try and tackle it, I'll record it just for you.  Maybe I could sign it and then sell it on eBay as the one and only RS70 that actually meets the claimed specs..  Oh wait... I still may not be that good....  Let me get back with you on that one. :-DD

F4IUJ:
Hello all,

Another ham here, feel free to fire at will, I have a thick skin...

Interesting project, I haven't read the whole thread so apologies if this has been mentioned already... A Dutch ham has opensourced a fairly similar project, info can be found there : https://groups.io/g/RadioStuff
Yes, you don't really need a Bird wattmeter nowadays...

73, (just to wind up the engineers)

Yannig - F4IUJ

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