Phillip discovers the TPA-817 B pack frame

Many thanks to Phillip (VE3OMI) who writes:

Hello Thomas,

[…]I came upon this interesting mount setup for the Yaesu FT-818 via Armando – KP4YO. I saw his setup on his QRZ page and was intrigued, as the rig seems to be able to stand up on its back side even with a pretty large whip installed.

(via KP4YO on QRZ.com)

Seems the gist of it is to bring all of the rear mounts and connections to the front.

Quite interesting and certainly looks “beefy”!

Product description from Armoloq:

The TPA pack frame provides a modular platform for configuring your Yaesu FT-817 and FT-818 into a quickly deployable base, mobile, field or mil style man pack configuration.

The concept was to design an effective, small form factor frame that when installed, would allow relocation of all rear inputs, minus power and ACC connection, to the front of the radio, provide standoff at the rear of the radio for permanent cable attachment, and also provide protection when used in the field.

The relocation platforms provide a sturdy mounting point for attaching commercial or mil type VHF/UHF whip antennas. All accessory mounts are interchangeable and can be oriented to suit your operating situation.

The TPA pack frame is a 2 piece frame that is secured to the radio via 8, side chassis mounts. The frame is CNC laser cut from 5052 aluminum and powder coated with a matte black finish. The TPA provides protection to the radio body and control head with a wrap around design while allowing access to the top oriented MODE and BAND buttons, as well as the battery compartment.

Click here for full details and photos.

Thank you for sharing this, Phillip! I’ve never seen this pack frame/cage before and I’m not even sure how I’d use it for the type of field work I do, but I’m willing to bet that it’s the perfect solution for those wanting an uber-rugged cage for Emcomm and/or as a manpack. I love products like this that transform gear into military-grade kit!

Anyone out there use the TPA-817 B? Please comment!

2 thoughts on “Phillip discovers the TPA-817 B pack frame”

  1. I’m a heavy user of the ARMOLOQ TPA pack frames for both the FT-818 and FT-857D. It has changed my operating style in terms of man portable operations. I have a playlist with a half a dozen videos on this topic for those interested. https://youtube.com/playlist?list=PLZpc6PnzmzmEO_27iGSC6J0VGU5VM6_kn

    My Instagram feed has dozens of configuration using the TPA pack frame as a manpack. https://www.instagram.com/p/CPmHE3fDI7Q/?utm_medium=copy_link

    The Tech Prepper
    KT1RUN

  2. Hi, Gaston,

    Thanks for sharing your links! You know, I’ve never thought about doing a manpack portable set up for SOTA, but it certainly makes sense in terms of deployment time. I’ll check out your videos.
    BTW: great interview on the Ham Radio Workbench!

    Cheers,
    Thomas
    K4SWL

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