Join Date: Sep 2011
Location: S.C. Coastal Region
Re: Ammo Can Radio
Not an original idea of mine, seen these radios online...priced at $350 plus. I like the Family Radio Service (FRS) base station set up made out of an ammo can. Makes a nice mobile radio communications set up.
Stopped by the auto parts store today for a new ON/OFF toggle switch for main power, thought about adding a power ON indicator LED but figured the radio's function keys illumination will do the same job well enough. Memory back up will be maintained by the secondary power wire (memory) straight to the battery.
Currently the Ammo can radio is mocked up and still in the design / layout phase. I'll post more pics when I get time to finish the project.
If anyone is interested in a parts list / wiring diagram, let me know and I'll try to get it posted for you. The hardest part of the project is cutting the holes in the metal face plate. I used scrap sheet metal from an old A/C unit's access panel to make the face plate. A thick sheet of Plexiglass or plastic can be used instead of metal, the softer material is easier to cut / shape. I'd like to make the face plate into a cartridge type assembly were the battery and face plate come out together (face plate, 4 long stand off bolts and a bottom tray). No penetrations of the outer sell of the ammo can are made inorder to keep the ammo can water tight.
Note: Radio has been energized (drawing off battery) mainly on sleep mode since the night of 21st of July. Started out at 12.7 volts when first plugged up, currently at 12.5 volts. Sleep mode is drawing very little current.
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Last edited by SandDawg; 07-23-2019 at 09:55 PM.