Extruded Aluminum Enclosure Kit, Blue, for Ham It Up v1.3 RF Upconverter for NESDR and RTL-SDR radios
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- High-quality custom aluminum enclosure for Ham It Up v1.3
- Metal case helps to protect PCB from stray EMI, improving sensitivity.
- Includes all required hardware to mount your PCB!
- Ample room inside the case to make modifications and even include a dongle inside the case if you are so inclined.
- Ham It Up upconverter sold separately.
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These high-quality aluminum enclosures (or aluminium, if you're weird like that) are custom-made for all current production versions of the Ham It Up upconverter. A better option than unshielded cases, most certainly, and fairly priced as well.
The enclosures include the appropriate standoffs and screws to mount the upconverter. The color-matched side panels are included as well. Two color options are available - metallic blue with laser-etched labeling, and silver with color silkscreen labeling.
NOTE:ONLY compatible with Ham It Up v1.3 and higher. Enclosures for v1.2 and earlier are still available in our webstore for a limited time.
Top Customer Reviews
Overall this is a decent product but for the price I'd like to see better quality control. One assumes that these are all created with modern CNC machinery, so it shouldn't be difficult to put the holes in exactly the right place each time.
As other have run into the tolerances in manufacturing of the Ham It up board means that often you have to get a file and expand some of the openings to get the circuit board to fit. I returned my Ham it Up circuit board twice to Amazon, and each one I received had a slightly different alignment problem with the jacks/connectors. But that is more of a problem with the Ham it up boards and not the case. I finally gave up and filed the case to get board to fit.
Now the real problem with the case comes down to the screws, assembly and the anodized coating on the case itself. The anodized coating is a great protection for corrosion etc, but its also an insulator. Which means that the coating itself will keep the screws from making good contact and means the case doesn't work well as a shield from RF noise. To have this case properly ground and shield the circuit board you will have to sand the pieces with a fine emery paper to remove the anodized coating to make sure end pieces and circuit board standoffs make good contact.. On mine I lightly sanded the locations where the end plates make contact with the case so when assembled the end plates would ground to case correctly. Then I sanded the the location inside the case where the standoffs make contact with the case, so I had a good ground connection there. The before and after noise figures were night and day. Before the modifications the case was functioning more as an antenna than a shield as it was not properly grounded and was floating above ground. This problem isn't unique to this case, myself and others had to make same modification to the blue aluminum case for the usb dongles as well. As the anodized coating caused grounding problems there as well.
I ran into the same problems as others with the one screw being to long and hitting the USB connector. Put screw in a vice and ground it down with a dremel tool and it now fits.
Overall its a must have when it comes to protecting your equipment. Its unfortunate that such small details end up keeping it from being perfect. Attention to manufacturing tolerances on the Hamit up boards and this case would help significantly. Also masking of contact locations prior to having parts anodized would make sure case actually functions as a RF shield and would keep users from having to fix it themselves.