Speaking of backpacks and protective cases for radios, SWLing Post reader, JC, recommends an inexpensive tactical shoulder pack available via eBay.
I tend to want a little more protection and space so I use a tactical military type shoulder bag for my portable radio kit. It hangs nicely off the back of the passenger’s seat in my car and allows me to keep my PL-660, spare batteries, portable wire antenna, earphones, frequency lists, and other gear all together in a handy pack.
The price is about $13.60 w/ free shipping. It’s a great bag for my portable kit, and it’s built pretty sturdy. Any extra protection is better than none for a radio used out in the field.
Thanks for the recommendation! That is incredibly affordable and a great looking bag.
I’m very partial to Spec Ops Brand packs, but they’re quite pricey in comparison.
Thomas, I took your advice and got the Spec-Ops Pack Rat for Christmas. I have the Sony 7600GR, V80 HT, and all the antennas, cables, batteries and accouterments needed for an out of the house trip. And it fits nicely in a backpack for a longer trip. Great tip and thanks.
Great to hear, Ed! I absolutely love the Pack Rat…incredibly useful and as bullet-proof as they come! Hope you’re well, OM!
I don’t think it is large enough to hold my Hammarlund HQ 140X
I’m thinking a flight case might be more appropriate for an HQ 140! You’ll need a forklift, too! 🙂
I think one of those wheeled flight case would work, Wonder what homeland security would think?
I think you have another problem: You own an anchor and need a boat for it 🙂
Well if I can waterproof it, It may be it’s own built in boat. Light enough but big enough.
Depending on the size of your rig there might be even cheaper alternatives: There are carrying bags for external 3,5″ disk drives and their power supply. For years I have used one of those for my FT-817. See the picture at the bottom of http://www.dl4no.de/thema/yaesuft-.htm.
That bag reminds me of one I used for my FT-817 (which I no longer own). After university, I worked for a few months at a mobile phone retailer (this is late 90s). People were turning in their old bag 5W phones for flip phones. We had a huge pile of padded bags that were thrown away. I eventually re-discovered one and used it to protect the 817. Worked like a charm!