I'm just planning a move of my Flex 6300 to the base of my mast in my garden, and running an Ethernet cable etc. My QTH (Highlands of Scotland, IO77) is moist, cool, and windy - but no extremes of weather compared to some parts of the world. Hot is a word I've seen in the dictionary but rarely experienced.....
Looking for thoughts, recommendations, etc. for how best to house the 6300 - to protect against moisture and bug ingress whilst still allowing cooling air etc. (400w amp also involved).
I'm not able to build any kind of shack / building or similar - more like a small external cabinet or similar.
73, Ian GM4KLN
might be a starting place to look, if you must mount externally. Biggest issues I would imagine will be good grounding and shielding (especially in close proximity to the antenna), and cooling, cooling, cooling.
Hi Ian GM4KLN
Beautiful area of the world you're in.
If I remember correctly you can really get the winds and horizontal rains?
Are there electrical/communications service boxes that could hold your gear? No point in reinventing the wheel. I think they are called feeder pillars?
I am sure there are Electrical Factors closer (these folk are near Durham), but here is an example of what I was thinking of: http://www.cablejoints.co.uk/sub-product-details/cable-socks/grp-feeder-pillars-enclosures-cabinets
I'm looking more to a small gardening shed style enclosure for my Island QTH.
As you figure things, remember you will need mains, Ethernet (fibre?), and control cables for anything discrete like a traditional rotor controller, or mast raise/lower.
As much as one wouldn't think of it, physical security needs to be a consideration - no point in putting your gear out there to go missing or suffer damage because every passing dog marks it territory.
I use a domestic external meter box to house various antenna switches etc at the base of my tower. They are waterproof but I'm not sure how big a volume you need. I mean this sort of thing:
That said, I think I would try to find a solution to house the 6300 & amplifier in the house/shack, if only from a security point of view.
thanks for link - not too big a volume needed, so long as enough air circulation and some protection against moisture possible. However, the comments so far from George, Steve and yourself have got me re-considering something internal - even if only a garden shed. the shack could not be in a worse location, and I am desperately short of space due to my business needs taking over, so "remote" in this context seemed a possibility. time to re-think perhaps: inside (something) definitely has merit if I can sort out logistics.
Come on down to Amelia Island, FL and install your remote. We have beautiful weather, beaches and watering holes. Plus we have 3 to 4 months of cold weather with temperatures 4.5c (40 f) evenings and mid days. The summer are windy and warm and water temperature in the 80's (26.6 c).
Regarding wind, we have plenty all year round; It will keep you and your radio and amplifier cool. Plus plenty to see and do.
Ps...The Chamber of Commerce made said that!