Sunday, June 30, 2013

Something to be aware of

There something to be aware during the front panel build that was not included in my first K2 build. On page 28 of the Elecraft manual you are asked to place 2 rubber pads in the upper corners of the front panel board. I did this and forgot all about it.....until.......the first alignment and test part 1 on page 43. In this checkout you get the privilege to assemble the K2's RF board, Front panel along with the front plate and control board. The rig at this point is really starting to take shape. When I tried to secure the front panel (including the front plate) to the 2 D fasteners that are on the side panels the bottom was easy but at the top there was some resistance in lining up the hole on the front panel with the thread on the 2 D fastener each
Where rubber pad and 2 D fastener meet.
 side panel. I have built lots of Elecraft products and have come to learn that when feeling resistance like this it's not a good thing and something is just not right. After removing and re-assembling the front panel board many times!!!! Even filing away at some parts of the board I felt at the time was causing the problem it jumped out at me....it was those rubber pads on the front panel board that were coming to rest on the 2 D fasteners that was causing the resistance!!! So after about 2 hours of mucking around it turns out that all was ok. So just be aware that when the front panel board goes together there is going to be some resistance between the upper front side panels 2 D fasteners and the upper left and right front panel board. 

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