best one yet. both reg and narrow version.
please come out with a desk mount that we can add weight to.
It's nice to see one all wired up. I hadn't thought of gluing in the wires. That makes it easy to put together, and should hold up really well.
I could design a base for it, I'm just not sure what the dimensions should be. My original thought was to drill and tap a piece of scrap metal, paint it, stick some rubber feet on it, and call it done. I may design a printable base in the future. I'd like to see what others come up with.
yeah I have printed and wired 4, 2 narrows and 2 bases. i put a piece of 1/4 inch place the size of the narrow on one and it dosent quite weigh enough. i may cut another and have a half inch. tomorrow im going to cut a slightly thicker piece and put on a base.
thanks so much for picking 6-32. i have an endless supply. i found this design printed it and already had the rest of the hardware.
also thanks for making the top also the sides. i saw another design i liked but the base had walls built on and it made it real hard to put together.
right now im working on a way to attatch a narrow to my kx3. i may just double sided tape it to the antenna side and call it good.
with how you made the wire port part of the base i just bought a couple 6' aux cords, cut them in half wired them up and filled the little 3 side port thing full of snot glue and it looks good from outside and holds up pretty good.
I was thinking KX3 paddle as well. Have you seen the Palm Radio Mini Paddle? I wanted to make something small like that, but also comfortable enough to use at a desk, all while using easily sourced hardware. Who doesn't have some wire, a dried up retractable pen and some 6-32 screws laying around, right? The only thing I don't have is a KX3. I'd like to make something specifically for it. I just cant justify the expense of a radio on my budget.
I've been thinking about making one more version of these paddles that are shorter. The whole thing would be the same width and length, but the paddles would be about half the hight. I can't imagine making it any smaller without having to use smaller hardware and a super light spring, or magnets. Things that most people would not likely have laying around.
Oooh, I just had an idea that would make the case smaller and reduce the number of screws! I'm almost finished with the project I'm currently working on, so I should have a new paddle design posted soon.
Yeah, its a pretty expensive rig. It is a nice one though. Great to take camping and backpacking. I will keep on the lookout for the new design. I have a little. 4-40 i think hardware. I may try to scale one paddle down in cura and try that just to see what happens.
When do you think the new design will be ready?
I've printed a prototype, and it seems like a winner. The paddles are rubbing a little, but that's an easy fix. I managed to get it down to about 31.5mm wide x 23mm tall x 79mm long (paddle tip to rear of case), so it's a mini version, pocketable, while still using 6-32 screws. I also eliminated the need for the 4 screws that hold the cover in place. I used the ground contact bolt to go through the base into the cap. I kept the screw holes at the rear of the case for optional use, but they're not necessary. I'd like to wire it up and make changes if necessary before posting it.
The down side to this one will be that all the screws will have to be cut to length. At least, the hardware I have will. Incidentally, I do have a box of 4-40 screws and nuts in my basement, so I may attempt a nano version in the future.
I'm having dental surgery Friday afternoon so I'll be out of commission for at least a day, but I should have something posted by Sunday, barring any unexpected issues.
Great! I scaled the narrow down to 81.2% for use with 4-40. It works pretty well. Cant wait for new version.