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Ultimate compact KX3 carrying case received -- perfect match for radio & accessories!

wayne burdick
I ordered a "Think-tank Strobe Stuff" bag from Amazon (about $45). It  
just arrived, and in my opinion this is the ideal bag for anyone who  
wants to carry a KX3 and accessories in the smallest possible form-
factor.

You could even use this bag for Ultra-light HF Pack operation  
(pedestrian mobile). Just strap it on and deploy the whip out of the  
top of the bag. There's a way for mic and headphone cables (and a  
trailing ground wire) to emerge from the bag while it's fully zippered  
shut.

(I also need to write some new firmware that allows you to hold both  
mic buttons together to switch their function from VFO control to  
volume control :)

The "LowePro Edit 140" bag, which I also have, and Rose Kopp's KX3  
bag, both have a lot more space when you need it. But sometimes I like  
to travel really light.

Here's a rough dimensional comparison (HWD) of the two camera  
accessory bags:

   "Edit 140":      6 x 11 x 7.5" (total volume, about 500 in^2)

   "Strobe Stuff":  4 x 9.5 x 4.5 (about 170 in^2)

The Strobe Stuff bag is much smaller, but still holds everything you  
need for a complete station:

   KX3
   MH3 mic
   backup "mini-mic" (3" long, hinged, with 3.5 mm plug)
   KXPD3 keyer paddle
   ear buds
   spare set of 8 AA cells (or a 4-cell, 14-V Li-Ion pack)
   antenna and ground wire (two 25' lengths of Wireman #26 "silky")
   two 1" stainless-steel hex nuts (for tossing wire into a tree)
   20-m two-piece telescoping whip (in case there isn't a tree)
   BNC L
   BNC-to-binding post adapter (for use with the wires)

I put the KX3 and the antenna wire in the main pocket, spare batteries  
in the small accessory pocket on the bottom of the bag (4 x 4 x 1"),  
and everything else in the large accessory pocket (4 x 10 x 1").

The Strobe Stuff bag has a few other features:

- The small zipper pocket at the bottom normally holds a rain fly that  
can be pulled out and secured over the entire bag to keep it dry. But  
I pulled the rain fly out in favor of the external battery pack or  
spare AA cells.

- At the top of the bag there's a small fabric loop you could use for  
hanging or carrying, and two smaller loops that could serve as strain  
relief points for wire.

- On the back there's a T-shaped fabric strap with lots of velcro that  
conceals a hinged strip of very sturdy plastic. This strip reinforces  
the fabric strap, so the bag can be attached securely to a belt or  
backpack. The strip also seems to function as a tilt-stand for the bag  
if deployed at an angle. This probably has some utility when used with  
camera strobe lights.

I'll be testing the bag this weekend (Field Day).

73,
Wayne
N6KR

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Re: [KX3] Ultimate compact KX3 carrying case received -- perfect match for radio & accessories!

Thomas Horsten
Sounds great, I ordered one. Will probably get it before the KX3, but
according to the Shipping Status page I am immensely close, nobody between
the date posted and my order number on the spreadsheet...

Wonder if it will hold my LiPol battery.

73, Thomas M0TRN

On 20 June 2012 22:19, Wayne Burdick <[hidden email]> wrote:

> I ordered a "Think-tank Strobe Stuff" bag from Amazon (about $45). It
> just arrived, and in my opinion this is the ideal bag for anyone who
> wants to carry a KX3 and accessories in the smallest possible form-
> factor.
>
> You could even use this bag for Ultra-light HF Pack operation
> (pedestrian mobile). Just strap it on and deploy the whip out of the
> top of the bag. There's a way for mic and headphone cables (and a
> trailing ground wire) to emerge from the bag while it's fully zippered
> shut.
>
> (I also need to write some new firmware that allows you to hold both
> mic buttons together to switch their function from VFO control to
> volume control :)
>
> The "LowePro Edit 140" bag, which I also have, and Rose Kopp's KX3
> bag, both have a lot more space when you need it. But sometimes I like
> to travel really light.
>
> Here's a rough dimensional comparison (HWD) of the two camera
> accessory bags:
>
>   "Edit 140":      6 x 11 x 7.5" (total volume, about 500 in^2)
>
>   "Strobe Stuff":  4 x 9.5 x 4.5 (about 170 in^2)
>
> The Strobe Stuff bag is much smaller, but still holds everything you
> need for a complete station:
>
>   KX3
>   MH3 mic
>   backup "mini-mic" (3" long, hinged, with 3.5 mm plug)
>   KXPD3 keyer paddle
>   ear buds
>   spare set of 8 AA cells (or a 4-cell, 14-V Li-Ion pack)
>   antenna and ground wire (two 25' lengths of Wireman #26 "silky")
>   two 1" stainless-steel hex nuts (for tossing wire into a tree)
>   20-m two-piece telescoping whip (in case there isn't a tree)
>   BNC L
>   BNC-to-binding post adapter (for use with the wires)
>
> I put the KX3 and the antenna wire in the main pocket, spare batteries
> in the small accessory pocket on the bottom of the bag (4 x 4 x 1"),
> and everything else in the large accessory pocket (4 x 10 x 1").
>
> The Strobe Stuff bag has a few other features:
>
> - The small zipper pocket at the bottom normally holds a rain fly that
> can be pulled out and secured over the entire bag to keep it dry. But
> I pulled the rain fly out in favor of the external battery pack or
> spare AA cells.
>
> - At the top of the bag there's a small fabric loop you could use for
> hanging or carrying, and two smaller loops that could serve as strain
> relief points for wire.
>
> - On the back there's a T-shaped fabric strap with lots of velcro that
> conceals a hinged strip of very sturdy plastic. This strip reinforces
> the fabric strap, so the bag can be attached securely to a belt or
> backpack. The strip also seems to function as a tilt-stand for the bag
> if deployed at an angle. This probably has some utility when used with
> camera strobe lights.
>
> I'll be testing the bag this weekend (Field Day).
>
> 73,
> Wayne
> N6KR
>
>
>
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