Go-box for Flex/Maestro?

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Has anyone configured a Flex 6000 series and a Maestro into a go box using a portable Gator (with protective lids on both sides)? Just curious. Probably put the radio on a intermediate shelf and secure the Maestro on the bottom using some sort of clamps for the feet? Again, just an idea.

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I’ve considered it.  I have my 6700 and accessories (PS, SWR/Wattmeter, external tuner, antenna interface) mounted in a Gator 6U shallow case.   The accessories are mounted on shelves.  From a previous posting:

A 6U shallow case should easily hold the 6700 and the Maestro, and probably also a small switching PS behind the Maestro, but not much else.  Mounting it should be easy, especially if you have the tilt feet.  The easiest way to mount would be with Velcro (all the accessories in my case are mounted with small strips of industrial strength Velcro).  This way you could easily remove/reposition the Maestro for convenience.  Or you could easily bolt the brackets that the tilt feet are bolted to directly to a shelf.  For anyone who is considering getting a case and shelves:  get the shelves with curled lips in front and back.  They are more expensive but will not bow in the middle like the cheaper shelves.

If you get a regular (deep) case, you have more options, since they can be larger (8U+) and of course deeper than the shallow cases, so you’d be able to mount more accessories into one than into a shallow case.  Plus you can get them with sliding shelves, which would allow you to fold the Maestro for storage.  But they are considerably bulkier and heavier. 

But I like the shallow case and having all my accessories in the same case as the 6700 (the case is full now), and I don’t want to get a separate case of this kind just for the Maestro.  So I might get a small Pelican case with foam inserts, or the Flex soft case, for the Maestro.

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It’s an RTR-1A antenna interface.  It connects to one external switch which selects among 5 Tx/Rx antennas, and another external switch which selects among 2 reversible beverage (total  4) Rx only antennas.  The RTR-1A’s output goes to the 6700’s ANT1 port.  It also connects to one of the 6700’s Tx Relay ports. 

This allows me to very quickly switch between any of the 9 antennas to compare Rx signals, and select one of the 5 Tx/Rx antennas for Tx and any of the 9 antennas for best Rx via knobs only.   I don’t use the SSDR menu/mouse (which would be slower) for antenna switching at all.  In the future I plan to add a Mini Circuits splitter to also connect the beverages to one of the 6700’s Rx ant ports to allow diversity Rx.