|[AMRadio] RETRO 75 Build|
pulsarxp at embarqmail.com
Sun Mar 21 04:32:11 EDT 2010
I got the receiver portion of the transceiver built Friday night but as yet
have not tested it out. Hoping to build up the transmitter portion Sunday.
I was planning to build a case for it out of PC board material as I had done
for my Ft Tuthill 80 kit. (That case came out looking great)! Unless I am
dissapointed, I am going to first try using a TenTec case I ordered from
TenTec direct. The size is so perfect for the RETRO 75 and the price is
good too. TP-41 $6.71. (5 1/2 x 2 1/4 x 4 1/4 inches).
I also had a SW-30+ transceiver from Small Wonder without a case, so I
ordered a slightly smaller case for it too on the same order. The shipping
charges for both cabinets came to $7.85.
If the TenTec case works out, it will save a lot of time from building one
up myself. I prefer making my own as I can size the cabinet to fit the PC
board. In this case, the size from TenTec was perfect and for $6.71, I
could not build one that inexpensive.
When I did the homebrew case for the Ft Tuthill rig I used some spray Krylon
Fusion paint for plastic, wood, wicker and more. It really worked out well
on the single sided PC material. (I painted the fiberglass side). I was
worried about seeing the fiberglass pattern in the paint job. That problem
did not occur and the paint job was one of the best I have ever done
spraying a cabinet with canned spray paint. The Krylon Fusion paint really
impressed me. I used a soft gray for the front, rear and bottom panels and
a dark blue for the top and sides.
I ordered a new hand held Cobra High Gear HG-M73 Dynamic CB mic for it with
a 4 pin plug off of E-bay for $11.00 including shipping. (There are a
zillion of these mics listed on that site. Just make sure you buy a dynamic
model. Mine has no amp built into it).
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