Another project for 2018. The idea of rack handles on the clubs radios has always appealed to me since we stared using the Icom 7200 which came with them. I find it offers a degree of protection to the controls of the radio.
You can now buy some after market handles but with a price tag of 50 plus, monies better spent on the transverter interface, as handles can bet fashioned out of many types of scrap materiel. I had in the store (scrap pile) some perspex from shop signs. A template was made and blanks were cut from the material.
I used paper for the template but found it was thin and heavy card would be a better option. They were then cut out.
The holes drilled out to fit in the radios drilling’s and the blanks test fitted to the radio. I drilled three holes but two were only necessary as there are only two on the right hand side.
The d shape was milled out by drilling, filing and arm ache.
Another test fitting
Finally after rubbing down with some wet and dry paper to give a key for the paint. A quick spray with some satin black the handles are complete.
Total cost a couple of euro for the satin black paint.