Love your site, the HRWB podcast and your enthusiasm.
I recently won an IC-705 in a raffle – woohoo – which is a quantum leap from my first txcvr which was an Atlas 210x which first saw the light of day in the early 70s.
Anyway, as I come to grips with the complexities of the 705, I wondered if anyone had any ideas on a field radio kit based on it. I know it is an expensive radio, and one many people may not be keen on dragging through the outback, but who knows?
Keep up the great work
Thanks for your question, Geoff. And congratulations on winning the IC-705! WOO HOO indeed!
I thought I might post your question here on QRPer so folks might comment with IC-705 kit ideas. Oddly enough, at time of publishing this post, I have no examples in our Field Radio Kit Gallery!
I can fix this now, though, because I recall a few ‘705 field kits from our archives:
- N7CCD’s Travel-Friendly IC-705 Kit
- 2E1BFH’s IC-705 field kit
- VE3IPS’s field report documents his ‘705 kit
- WA7VFQ’s IC-705 Field Kit
I’m sure there are more IC-705-based field kits in the archives--feel free to jog my memory, readers.
Out of all of the radios I own, the IC-705 is the only one that is primarily stored and transported in a larger watertight case–a Pelican 1400 to be exact, you can read about that here.
When I want to tuck the IC-705 in a backpack, for a little POTA/SOTA action, I protect it in a $18 Ape Case Camera insert (affliliate link). It’s not perfect, but fits it well. I know some others have used Maxpedition padded water bottle pouches as well. Perhaps someone can comment with size, etc?