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RF Patch Panel

Desk Concept art work

Desk Concept art work, 02/01/20…

 

Here is the completed patch panel, mounted in the almost completed desk.  Below you will find a rough set of photos as the hutch took shape…  They are approximately in order, and represent the timeline of construction..

NK7Z, RF patch panel

NK7Z, RF patch panel, click to enlarge

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Desk front view

Desk front view

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Desk rear view

Desk rear view, 04/13/20

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

AC Power being placed.

AC Power is placed, click to enlarge

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Rebuilt cable runs

Rebuilt cable runs, thanks to Bob, AD7Z for the suggestion.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

AC Power runs

New version of cable run…

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Close up of feed to top of desk.

Close up of feed to top of desk, click to enlarge.

Run detail for some of the power cables.

Run detail for some of the power cables, the Rigrunner is level, it’s an illusion.  Click to enlarge.

Run detail for some of the power cables.

Run detail for some of the power cables, click to enlarge.

Run detail for some of the power cables.

Run detail for some of the power cables, click to enlarge.

Run detail for some of the power cables.

Run detail for some of the power cables, click to enlarge.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Run detail for some of the power cables.

Run detail for some of the power cables, click to enlarge.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Latest view from afar...

Latest view from afar… Click to expand.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Detail of patch panel cable feed.

Detail of patch panel cable feed. Click to expand.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Front view of desk, showing labeled cables.

Front view of desk, showing labeled cables. Click to enlarge.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Front view of desk showing labeled cables.

Front view of desk showing labeled cables. Click to enlarge.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Front of desk ready for terminations...

Front of desk ready for terminations…

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Rear of desk, 36 RG8X cables run and dressed.

Rear of desk, 36 RG8X cables run and dressed.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

First test fitting of the coax cover...

First test fitting of the coax cover…

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Test mounting for monitors...

Test mounting for monitors…  Click to enlarge.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

The first cable terminated

The first cable terminated, click to expand

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

First termination of the cables...

First termination of the cables…  Click to expand.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

First Label...

First Label…  Click to expand.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Label and BNC connectors, patch panel side, click to enlarge.

Label and BNC connectors, patch panel side, click to enlarge.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Label close ups... Click to expand

Label close ups… Click to expand

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

K3 side of cables... Click to expand.

K3 side of cables… Click to expand.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Finished Patch Panel, with all cables connected

Finished Patch Panel, with all cables connected, click to expand.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

View of all patches connected to patch panel.

View of all patches connected to patch panel, click to expand.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

A closer view of patches connected to patch panel.

A closer view of patches connected to patch panel.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Cable run into cable vault within the hutch.

Cable run into cable vault within the hutch, click to expand.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Overview of panel as it interfaces with teh hutch.

Overview of panel as it interfaces with the hutch, click to expand.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Final mounting of patch panel. Click to expand.

Final mounting of patch panel. Click to expand.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

KAT500 Tuner cables, ready for solder...

KAT500 Tuner cables, ready for solder…

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

All K3 connectors, only PL-259s need soldering.

All K3 connectors, only PL-259s need soldering.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

External Antenna Connectors, ready for soldering.

External Antenna Connectors, ready for soldering.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

All connectors in place, PL-259s ready for soldering...

All connectors in place, PL-259s ready for soldering…

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

PL-259 Closeup

PL-259 Closeup

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Final cabling for RF finished...

Final cabling for RF finished…

 

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23 Responses to RF Patch Panel

  1. Jerry Reed

    Thanks for the reply. Now I just need to find a source of transparent heat shrink. I looked at Fry’s Electronics and they did not stock the transparent heat shrink but then they don’t stock much of anything these days Reminds me of Radio Shack just before they pulled the plug

  2. Dave

    Jerry,
    I used a Brothers label maker, and heat shrink tubing… That way, in a few years the labels will still be there…

  3. Dave

    Bill,
    Thank you!

  4. Jerry Reed

    I am impressed with your attention to detail. My shack looks like a hoarders paradise. What is the source for your cable tags? I have been looking for something better than the Brother label machine.
    73 Jerry W5RCQ

  5. Bill Mader

    I like the racing analogies since I have raced sports cars, that is wheel-to-wheel racing where I’ve spent up to four hours in a car. I race a Spec Miata with 104 horsepower. That means, keeping momentum through the corners is key; i.e.; driver’s skill. At home, I have a KPA1500 because it helps counter poor propagation better than my KPA500. I use the latter in my RV operations since I don’t have a 240 VAC generator. There is a place for all of them, including my KX3 barefoot. Dave’s neatness is an environment necessary in all shacks and seldom found. Nice job Dave!

  6. Dave - NK7Z

    Not a race to me, more of a love of electronics… To each their own I guess…

  7. Dr. Bill

    “I used to have a 1500 watt amp, and decided that the 4 db is not worth the additional issues 1500 watts can cause…” Yes I hear this from NASCAR race car drivers all the time… why drive a car with 1,5oo HP when you can run 500 HP. You are still running the race….?

  8. Dave - NK7Z

    Mike,
    Thanks for the complement…

  9. Dave - NK7Z

    I used to have a 1500 watt amp, and decided that the 4 db is not worth the additional issues 1500 watts can cause…

  10. Bill Mader

    BNC power handling is not an issue for 500 Watts at HF as long as the VSWR doesn’t cause a peak Voltage case greater than 1,500. Still, considering expansion needs, I would not have used BNC connectors for transmitting connections. That could cause problems with a KPA1500 vs. KPA500.

  11. Mike

    Sure looks like the interior of a well thought out ENG or SNG truck! Some stations would cut corners by omitting patch panels but we made them mandatory and never regretted it.
    I have to hide this from my XYL. She would recognize the K-line and start asking awkward questions.

  12. Dr. Bill

    Huh. You gonna run power through those BNC connectors? That should be exciting.

  13. Dave

    Richard,
    Cable is RG-8X

  14. Richard

    What size coax are you using to your patch panel ?

  15. Dave - NK7Z

    Hi Bill,
    I hope the ALS-1306 is doing you well… I will still have more desk space than I had before… I decided to just downsize everything on the desk. Went to a 500 watt amp, KPA500 from Elecraft.

    I suspect it will look good in the long run… I will post a 6 months photo though! Good idea!!

  16. Bill K7BRR

    Hey Dave how about sharing your plans or are they already patented? Hi Hi
    What I do not understand is you sold me your ALS-1306 because you needed more desk real estate and now you go and build a new layout. LOL
    Really pretty design and install.
    Being a retired electrician I know how these installs look when new, I know what happens the first time you need to change or add something. I want a 6 month post pix of the back.
    Keep up the posting as it comes together.

  17. Larry Johnson

    I wish someone was building these and offering them for sale. Right now, I just have various equipment pieces sitting on top of each other. My ham shack desperately needs some serious organization with something like this!

  18. Bryce - K6TI

    An install the way it should be done
    Very nice

  19. Dave - NK7Z

    Bill,
    I spent 40 years in broadcast engineering, and know exactly what you are talking about.

  20. Dave - NK7Z

    Thanks Richard! I learned a lot of this at my job prior to retirement.

  21. Richard

    What a great idea, I am in the middle of rebuilding my station, you gave me some new ideas, thank you, great job !

  22. Bill Mader

    This reminds me of my days as a technician in the USAF. I wish I had seen more like this in my commercial broadcasting days. Once the initial installation is finished, it all goes to crap in many instances in both commercial and amateur radio stations. Nice work Dave! 73, Bill, K8TE

  23. James Douglass

    Looks VERY professional..

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