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

Sean K. kx9x at yahoo.com
Sat May 6 13:13:01 UTC 2017

If you're looking for simple protection for the 817, the Yaesu soft case does a good job. It will keep the dirt off, but won't offer any protection if you drop it. If you want a bag to carry your entire portable station in, I took Paul N8HM's advice and bought the Amazon Basics camera bag.


It holds two 817's, a battery pack, several gadgets, and puts it all at your fingertips. a Grab-n-go solution for a full duplex satellite station.
I also bought this shoulder strap designed for two SLR cameras, again at N8HM's suggestion. It holds the bag above in place over both shoulders and keep the bag right in front of you. A simple, effective solution.

Sean Kutzko Amateur Radio KX9X

      From: B J <va6bmj at gmail.com>
 To: Ken M <va7kbm at outlook.com> 
Cc: amsat-bb <amsat-bb at amsat.org>
 Sent: Saturday, May 6, 2017 8:43 AM
 Subject: Re: [amsat-bb] Field case recommendations for FT-817ND?
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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