Make an awesome GoBox for your radio

Why do you need a go box? Well, if you've ever engage in operating from different locations you may have notice how much time is spent connecting and getting everything up and running. All those cables, batteries and sound interfaces come at a setup cost, connecting them up and getting it all working can be frustrating and time consuming. And we haven't even thought about how we transport all these things. Or worse, you forget something! A go box can help.

A GoBox  contains a lot of those wires and accessories by permanently mounting then in a box, along with the required wires. If you GoBox contains batteries,  you can get operating in seconds by simply opening the box, connecting your antenna and switch on!

My GoBox strategy

Coming soon... Based on the brilliant Radioset go box, Key parts purchased from here: https://radioset-go.com/prestashop/index.php

Parts list

I emailed Hanz at Radioset-Go and asked if he could provide a scaled down kit of parts, to reduce postage costs and allow me to buy some parts locally. Here is the items required:

Purchased from Radioset-Go

  • Custom control panel
  • 2 speakers with covers
  • 2 fans with covers
  • M3 standoffs for Pelican 1400
  • USB panel mount/extension
  • Fan controller
  • Audio amplifier
  • Heatsink for KX3 (required due to size)
  • Aluminium rods, for mounting brackets
  • BNC jumper
  • Power sockets
  • Ground terminal binding post
  • 3.5mm sockets
  • 3.5mm plugs
  • 2x2 header
  • Power plug
  • Misc. hardware

Purchased locally

  • Pelican 1400 box
  • Fan splitter 'y' cable
  • 4 core screened audio cable
  • Sticky cable tie pads
  • Small cable ties
  • Assorted heat shrink

Still being decided....

  • Batteries
  • Battery mounts

Tools

  • 1/16 alen key 
  • Small spanner set
  • 3mm drill bit
  • Soldering kit
  • Heat gun
  • Low tack masking tape

KX3 and PX3 preparation

Only the standard side panels can be used. Aftermarket side plates and heat sinks will need to be removed and the KX3 and PX3 will need to be put back to standard. 

Aftermarket side plates are too big and will not fit. The Radioset-Go kit comes with a new heat sink with a thermal couple installed to control the cooling fans.

About data modes on KX3

Initially I was going to install a small isolated USB sound card. But, with the KX3 this is just not required, the audio leads can be plugged directly in to your sound card on your table or PC. This isn't always so easy due to ground loops, but this does not appear to be an issues on this radio.

The build...

Before starting, cover the fascia with low tack masking tape. This will help prevent damage. You can peel away sections of tape as you fit each item.

 

Mount the KX3 and PX3

The first stage is to mount the radio and PX3 to the facia panel. Using the provided mounting bar, mark the mounting holes, drill and deburr. Accuracy is very important here. Once done, loos fit the metal mounting bars to your radio and pan-adaptor.

 

Next, offer up the radio and pan-adaptor to the facia and mark out the holes. Again, drill, deburr. Then fit to the facia.

Wiring up

There are a lot of wires. Many of these a screened cables, so terminating all of these cables will take time.

I began by pre cutting the cables to size and laying them on the back of the facia panel, this allowed me to make a simple loom assembly. Keeping things neat is essential.

When I was happy with the cable runs, I started terminating the ends. Buzzing out each cable as I went along  was important, it would difficult to fault find at the end, so this was done as I went along.





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