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Comm Pack (Version 2, page 2)
« on: Oct 03, 2012, 11:42 PM »
Working on a communications rig and so far I've come up with this:




Very rough to start out. Base is a surplus musette bag, with a few fiberglass antennas and greebs and lights. Probably going to ditch the handset on the side. However! I need ideas to take it further towards a serious looking radio bag.

Thoughts?

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Re: Comm Pack
« Reply #1 on: Oct 03, 2012, 11:50 PM »
New guy's two cents, but when I hear communications pack I think of the old WWII radio man backpack. Maybe if you switched to a hard pack or bulked it up with an internal frame (so the comm gear wouldn't get knocked around so much) you'll get the look you're going for.

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Re: Comm Pack
« Reply #2 on: Oct 04, 2012, 12:06 AM »
Thanks for the input! Your idea is a solid one, but I forgot to specify that I want to use this bag, or one like it, instead of a backpack. I already have a back plate and like what I've done with it a lot, so I want to show it off.

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Re: Comm Pack
« Reply #3 on: Oct 04, 2012, 07:46 AM »
Maybe a detachable link to your bucket? That would eliminate the handset, but still give the same type of feel.

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Re: Comm Pack
« Reply #4 on: Oct 04, 2012, 10:08 AM »
The handset was mostly an experiment, so far there's nothing in the bag that would need to be connected to anything yet. I've thought about sticking a set of speakers for a superpowered voice amp, but I'll cross that bridge later.

Keep giving me ideas! These are all good ones.

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Re: Comm Pack
« Reply #5 on: Oct 04, 2012, 04:57 PM »
I agree with a cord to the helmet, since all our communications gear is built into the bucket. I'm also not quite feeling the soft pack for comms gear. All the ones I've seen are either semi-rigid or hard. If you really want to use that pack, I'd build a frame like Than'del suggested. Also, perhaps its just me being a computer guy, but the RAM on the antenna is way too Earthy for my tastes. I like the LEDs though!

You're on the right track, vod. Keep it up, and keep throwing ideas out there! I think you can make this work =)

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Re: Comm Pack
« Reply #6 on: Oct 04, 2012, 05:10 PM »
An external frame might help, and the RAM-flag-thing definitely needs work.

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Re: Comm Pack
« Reply #7 on: Oct 17, 2012, 04:58 PM »
Advice has been taken, and direction has been shifted over to an as-yet-untapped material: Lunch Boxes.

Covered the lids with sheet metal to cover up the stamped-in design, then riveted Spider-Man to Highschool Musical.




Drilled antenna holes and primed:

Built a tube frame out of 1/2" PVC bent with a heat gun, then riveted that to the boxes.



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Re: Comm Pack
« Reply #8 on: Oct 17, 2012, 06:32 PM »
Now THAT'S thinking outside the box! (no pun intended, lol). The biggest thing now though are the clasps on the lunch boxes. If you can lose/replace those, I think it'll look even better. Right now, they kinda break the illusion a bit. Great work though, it really looks good!

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Re: Comm Pack
« Reply #9 on: Oct 17, 2012, 07:02 PM »
Great start!! I love the tube frame idea, and good find with the lunchboxes!

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Re: Comm Pack
« Reply #10 on: Oct 18, 2012, 12:31 PM »
I like that a lot ;) cool idea ;D

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Re: Comm Pack
« Reply #11 on: Oct 19, 2012, 03:55 PM »
Looks good like this, now some control nobs and displays, and maybe a telephone cord from the pack to the side of your helmet, but that's my idea.

I agree on the clasps, though I only noticed them when pointed out by Ralin.

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Re: Comm Pack
« Reply #12 on: Oct 20, 2012, 12:30 PM »
I like the new direction; as much as the old bag looks nice, it didn't really scream 'commo' to me. Might be worth considering cutting a few small holes in the lunch boxes and installing a few status lights or some such, along with some obvious jacks and data-ports.

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Re: Comm Pack
« Reply #13 on: Nov 06, 2012, 02:23 PM »
Put in a little more work today:




Wiring's not completed yet, but the three colored switches will light up when "on", red switch controls the lights on the antennae. I think the big box needs some more knobs on it or something and I still need to figure out how to strap it to myself, but I think it's getting there.

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Re: Comm Pack
« Reply #14 on: Nov 06, 2012, 02:27 PM »
Damn those are big antenna's *insert compensation joke here*

Maybe you can get an old green screen (from one of those very old measuring devices) and slap that on? After all, you need to be able to see what frequency you're setting up ;)

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