This is my version of an enclosure for the popular uBITX HF transceiver in its unmodified form. Well, mostly unmodified. I had to use a separate volume control and power switch because the original was too bulky. The 3.5mm phono mic jack was ditched for a GX16 mic connector. I chose an 8-pin because most mics I have use this.
Some additional materials needed:
I increased the diameter of the mounting holes for the mainboard to give some play when sliding in the front panel into the mainboard LCD assembly. The 3.5mm phone jacks at the front have the same purpose as the back, speaker and key. There are 2 holes besides the VFO knob meant for Pwr and TX LED indicators.
Use copper or aluminum tape on the inside of the enclosure. It should help with interference and with heat coming from the PA transistors. The fan blower should help and in my opinion should direct air out instead of in. Be careful not to ground the PA heatsink as it shouldn't be connected to ground. You can also use conductive paint for shielding but it is pricey.
NOTE: You should print the knob rings at 100% infill with transparent (clear) filament if you want to put LED backlights on the rings ... it should give a nice glow around the control knobs. I'll add basic LED holders later to the build.
The volume knob is a remix of the work done by marmil:
and the VFO knob from tranter:
REVISION 1 - 02/06/18
- Corrected a small mistake on my part. I have readjusted the speaker placement further back. It turns out one of the speaker's mounting screws is pressing on the 8-pin connector of the Raduino. The old STL file for the Upper Shell had been replaced with a corrected one. Those who already printed the old STL can still use it by getting rid of the Speaker Holder and screws and glue the speaker to the case, or simply remove the offending screw. Apologies.
REVISION 2 - 08/06/18
Uploaded an optional Back Panel that includes cutouts for a panel-mounted fuse holder and mini-B USB port.
The fuse holder can be the standard or low-profile type; they have the same cutout diameter. The DC coaxial jack also has the same cutout diameter. The only thing to take note of is to mount the fuse holder ABOVE the coaxial jack so that it clears the uBITX mainboard power connector inside the case.
- I intentionally left out the cutout for the mounting screws of the mini-B port and will leave it up to the builder to drill a couple of holes. There is no standard for the mounting holes and I don't want people having a hard time sourcing a specific mini-B USB cable which may not be locally available.
REVISION 3 - 21/06/18
A couple of people had problems printing the Volume Control Knob due to corruption of the object. I have uploaded a different knob from tranter's work, named Volume Control Knob v2. Also, a request to bring the VFO knob closer to the panel by a few more millimeters, now done with VFO Knob v2.
- The LED backlight mounts have been uploaded, but be warned - the space is very cramped. I have included an image to help visualise the mounting position of the LEDs.
- A new remote head enclosure has been uploaded at:
The remote head uses a 3.5" Nextion touchscreen and designed to connect to this main box with a shielded cable. A new front plate has been added here for those who want to still use the main box with a DB25 D-sub connector. Those who don't want to use the DB25 and wire directly, I have included cable thru plates for 6mm, 8mm and 10mm shielded cables. The ON/OFF switch remains on the main box.