Re: [stationpro] Hi Gang, This week I've been getting my purchasing and inventory-tracking system
- Jim - just ordered one of the SP-II kits - seemed to go quite well. Now if I just don't burn down my house in my haste to assemble:-). Thanks for making these available - will keep you posted on how the assembly goes.ThanksWardK8FD
--- On Thu, 5/27/10, w8zr_santa_fe <4cx250b@...> wrote:
From: w8zr_santa_fe <4cx250b@...>
Subject: [stationpro] Hi Gang, This week I've been getting my purchasing and inventory-tracking system
Date: Thursday, May 27, 2010, 7:44 AMHi Gang,
This week I've been getting my purchasing and inventory-tracking system up and running, and to make sure everything is working smoothly, I'm making my SP-I and SP-II "semi-kits" temporarily available NOW for immediate shipping to all members of this group. I only have enough kits made up for this group (about fifty), so I can't open the gate for everybody yet. However, you folks have been very patient, and many of you have already ordered parts, so I didn't want to make you wait any longer.
These semi-kits are exactly like the ones I'll be selling when my QST article comes in the August issues. The following link will take you to an order page with full kit descriptions, and also a download site where you can obtain all documentation, firmware, schematic diagrams, parts lists, etc. (No need to download the Operating and Assembly Manual, however, since a spiral bound manual is included with each kit).
Please let me know if you run into any snags, either in purchasing or assembling your StationPro, including manual typos, any unclear assembly steps, etc. I'm sure the Group also would like to read about your experiences. Thanks very much.
Here is the ordering link: http://www.w8zr. net/stationpro/ spparts.html
There are dozens of different styles and types of XLR chassis connectors, so it’s hard to give you a general answer that covers all types. However, I think you can make at least one type of 3-conductor XLR jack (Mouser part no. NC3-FBH-2 @$2.75/ea) work, though I haven’t tried it. You would have to file out the front panel hole to make the XLR jack fit, and also drill two small holes in the panel for the jack’s mounting screws. You would also have to enlarge the access hole in the printed circuit board that mounts behind the front panel. This would only be possible for the right-hand mic jack; the left hand mic jack has traces too close to the access hole for it to be enlarged.
Here’s a summary of the relevant dimensions for the Mouser connector mentioned above. The StationPro’s front panel mic jack hole is 0.625 in. diameter and would have to be enlarged to 0.866 in. The front panel circuit board mounts behind the front panel, with a clearance spacing of 0.550 in, and the diameter of the printed circuit board access hole is 0.750 in. This hole would have to be filed so the back side of the XLR jack could extend through it. Keep in mind that I haven’t tried this, and so I can’t promise you wouldn’t run into any snags.
Two other options would be to swap your XLR connector for, e.g., a common 8-pin mic connector, or perhaps a mini-XLR connector. Alternately, you could just wire up a short adaptor cable, which is what I would do.
Hope this answers your question.
- Jim, I just ordered the SP2 kit. Since I've got a full machine shop with milling machines and lathes, I'll just machine up an adapter that will allow me to mount a standard XLR connect to the front panel, with enough stand off so I don't have to mess with the front panel circuit board. I'll more then likely do it on my Hass CNC mill, so that way I can produce them if anyone else needs them.
- Thanks Jim, I ordered a Station ProII kit this evening. I already have most of the parts and it looks like Mouser will complete my backorder by June 15th.73'sJimK5WLQ