In preparation for an upcoming boating trip, I have taken the opportunity to, yet again, try and tidy up the electronics cabinet on the small boat. With a cramped, and difficult to access dead space, it has been very hard to cleanly install the various radio components while avoiding a rats nest of wires. The latest attempt to address this is the "electronics brick".
This is just a simple plywood open ended box for mounting the radio components in a compact manner while keeping the connection ports available and accessible. Items mounted in the brick include
- power buss strip, all wires cut to length and tidied with wire clamps.
- amateur 2m/70cm radio cpu
- amateur HF radio cpu
- voltage booster
- car stereo switcher unit (for things like the iPod)
It is mounted securely in the cabinet via two large machine screws and tee nuts that are easily accessible by removing a drawer from the cabinet underneath. This makes the brick easily removable to it can be brought back to the lab for wiring and programming the devices.