Dale’s 3D printed portable transceiver knee board

Many thanks to Dale (W7HLO) who writes:

Hello Thomas,

My wife decided this winter that she would like to see me playing radio outdoors rather than in the shack during the summer months so graciously purchased a KX2 for me for Christmas. During the long wait for it to arrive I think I read most everything on your blog about 3 times. I noticed in several of your postings that you were using a folding lap desk designed and printed by CarolAnne N0RNM.

Her design inspired me so I designed a copy cat of sorts. I wanted mine to be slightly larger so it ended up being 8.5” wide and 14” high when unfolded. 8.5 X 7 when folded up. Like CarolAnne’s it has the same recessed area to attach a sticky pad and I added cutouts in which to put a leg strap.

Now if the weather would only improve so I can go do my first SOTA and POTA activations.

If anyone would like to print one of these lap boards for themselves I have put the files up here: https://www.thingiverse.com/thing:5320260


Dale / W7HLO

Very cool, Dale! I love it. 

And, wow! Your wife purchased you a KX2 for Christmas? She’s a keeper indeed! 🙂

By the way, loads of people have asked me about the N0RNM kneeboard and I believe within the next couple of months it may be available for purchase. This would be convenient, of course, for those without a 3D printer at home.

I’ll certainly post an announcement here on QRPer.com when it available. 

Again, Dale, thank you for sharing your project! 

13 thoughts on “Dale’s 3D printed portable transceiver knee board”

  1. Not many of us have 3D printers. What we need is someone who has a 3D printer to offer to make them on order, and be paid for the materials and their trouble.

        1. Where did you get the “no slip pad” that fits the square at the top. I have finished the top section and the bottom section should be finished tomorrow afternoon. Then I will print the connectors.

    1. Note that I believe Carolanne’s knee board will soon be available for purchase as well. An option for folks who don’t have access to a 3D printer.

  2. Yes, I wish to have one, so when she has them, I’m in.
    I do not have a 3d printer and all that.
    Thanks Dale, yours looks great.

    Fr Richard

  3. That is nice. Would be good to see the KX2 inside the box. I assume is for transport to the site.

    72 ron n9ee

    1. I will let you know as soon as they’re available. I do believe they are in the works. 🙂 I’ll inquire again.

  4. Thank you for the design. This is cool and functional!
    I would also be interested when they become available to purchase as I have no 3D printer.
    Thanks again.
    Dan VE7CTN

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