I'm going to upgrade the 6300 to 6500 and will be rack mounting in a Gator box with power distribution and transverters only. Planning on keeping 1u spacers above/below Flex.
What size boxes are folks using or would recommend?
Are you'all centralizing rf ground for equipment in the box?
@Mike - 1U spacers are not necessary as there are no top/bottom air vents and are sufficient air flow space on the sides providing the Gator box rear cover is open. However, a slot for wires can be useful.
Another post commented on transportation stress - the rack ears and their mounting is sturdy but Flex (Tim?) can you comment on chassis stress for rack mounting?
Grounding: I use a tinned 1" copper braid as a ground bus within the rack and connect that to the station ground. The braid is nice because a SS bolt, flat SS washers and wire can be pushed through creating convenient connection points.
I mounted my 6700 in a Gator (6U height) GR-6S portable rack case. The Gator GR-“S” series are shallow cases, and
I believe are available from 2U to 6U heights. The shallow cases are just the right depth for the Flex, and are less bulky than the full depth GR-“L” series. I can set the shallow case on a shelf on my
desk – the full depth case would not fit.
I chose the 6U height (GR-6S) because I wanted to install 2 shelves for accessories
(switching PS, external autotuner, SWR/wattmeter, antenna interface, and 12v power
distr. strip, see pic below). Mounting the Flex and accessories in a
portable case makes moving the whole station a breeze – I just disconnect the
antenna and laptop, unplug the power supply, snap on the case front and rear covers,
and move to the new location.
If you don’t intend to put any shelves in the case, a GR-2S or GR-3S case should be fine, with the GR-3S providing additional space. One suggestion, if you do want to install shelves, get the Gator GE-SHLF10-1U shelf – it’s more expensive but heavy duty and has curled front and rear lips that prevent the shelves from sagging. When I was searching for a case found many pics of cheapo shelves that sagged in the middle. Also, be sure the case has front AND rear rails. Both the case and shelves are available on Ebay at discounts. Here’s my setup: