How to Rack Mount Amateur Radio Equipment

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How to Rack Mount Amateur Radio Equipment
Ham and CB radios are stackable to save space. (Comstock/Comstock/Getty Images)

Ham radio or CB users typically accumulate radios and gear that takes up valuable space. One solution to keeping the radios organised and saving space is to stack them. Special rack kits are made to house the communications equipment, keeping them organised with the dials and gauges accessible and still saving office or workshop space. Each rack maker might use a different type of retaining bolt or screw, but the process is a basic formula to stack the radios.

Skill level:
Moderately Easy

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Things you need

  • Radio rack brackets
  • Retaining screws
  • Screwdriver

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Instructions

  1. 1

    Power off all radios and unplug them. Set the rack in the location you wish to have the radios stacked and displayed.

  2. 2

    Place your primary control box or radio in the centre location. Keep your primary box at eye level, whether at the desk, or standing --- depending on your preference. Screw the box onto the rack --- typically done at the sides and on the edges.

  3. 3

    Place any antenna receiver or extra broadcast box on the top of the stacks to gain extra height for the antenna and broadcast range. Screw it to the rack. Keep a minimum of a 1/2 inch between the radio pieces to let them vent and prevent overheating.

  4. 4

    Stack any receiver that has earphone jacks at a level where the cords will not be too short or out of useful range for your chair or broadcasting position. Screw them into position.

Tips and warnings

  • Radio racks are typically aluminium or lightweight metal. Radio stack racks are available at electronic speciality stores or marine supply retail outlets.

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