[amsat-bb] Field case recommendations for FT-817ND?

B J va6bmj at gmail.com
Sat May 6 12:41:18 UTC 2017

On 5/5/17, Ken M <va7kbm at outlook.com> wrote:
> Hello all,
> Any thoughts on field cases for FT-817ND radios?
> - Protective but slim. I'd rather have a slimmer case, and put the whole
> thing in the pack of my choice, than have a manpack specifically
> designed for the FT-817ND.
> - Because I will have two FT-817ND's at times, I want two cases, so I
> can easily bring just one radio if I'm doing QRP, or two radios if I'm
> doing satellite.
> - It might be convenient if the case will hold a second device like an
> auto-tuner for HF, or a tablet or small device for digital modes.
> - Able to operate the radio while it's in the case.
> I've looked at a few:
> - The Yaesu vinyl case looks a bit flimsy and is expensive for what it
> is (but not bulky, so might be the best choice I've seen).
> - The products from PortableZero are too heavy-duty and bulky for my needs.
> - The HamSource pack is too bulky and overkill (if I were to carry two
> of them).
> I suppose I'd like something that resembles the Yaesu case, possibly
> with a second tuner/device pocket, but made from a heavier duty nylon
> pack-cloth, or padded in some way.


A few years ago, I bought one from here:


I wasn't pleased with the belt clip, so I later bought a tool belt and
pouch from a home improvement store and I use that for holding my '817
and the case.  One advantage for doing that is that I can use my radio
outside during winter as the case helps the rig stay warm.


Bernhard VA6BMJ @ DO33FL

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