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Old 05-25-2018, 12:11 PM
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For the next version of the N9JIG shack I am thinking of using a server cabinet. This plan actually has enthusiastic wife approval, in fact it was her idea.

I plan on getting a 42u 24in deep cabinet on castors, probably the Linier 3100. It has a removable smoked glass door and removable side and rear panels.

I figure on putting the UPS's and 12VDC power supplies on the bottom, the racked scanners (about a dozen all together, mostly BCT15's and 996XT's) above that and then rack mount my R8500 and IC-746. I am thinking of velcroing the 2 HomePatrol's, my dual bander head and the TRX-2 head to a panel. Above all this on shelves would be room for portables with charger stands.

My cable modem, gateway, firewall and routers etc can go on a shelf and perhaps I will buy the rack mounting gear for them and put them on the back side of the cabinet.

It would be pretty much self contained, with just a couple AC power cords, antenna lines to my wall panel and a couple networking cables. I would make them long enough to pull the cabinet out for rear or side access. The wife likes it since it will make it easier to paint here (as we plan to this fall) and clean the office. I can remote the mics for the GMRS and HF radios to the desk.

I would likely need to get a fan or two for the cabinet. Oddly for a server cabinet there will likely be no computers in it, the main computer is an iMac and the NUC I also use lives on the back of one of the monitors.

Once I get this done in whatever it ends up looking like I will post pics in the Pictures Forum of course.

The questions I have include suggestions for the cabinet itself; has anyone had experience with the Linier products or have better suggestions.

If you have any other ideas I am open. I have not ordered the cabinet yet but I plan on doing so later this weekend. I have the racks for the radios other than the 746 and would order that as soon as I order the cabinet.
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[QUOTE=N9JIG;2936092]For the next version of the N9JIG shack I am thinking of using a server cabinet. This plan actually has enthusiastic wife approval, in fact it was her idea.

your wife is so cool
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Well I ordered the cabinet, power strip, fans and cage nuts today. It will be a week or so before it all arrives.


I will post pics in the Pictures forum during and after.
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Rich, I am looking forward to seeing this!
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I've done a lot of projects using swing out rack cabinets from Middle Atlantic. You can get wall mount or floor mount and the back of the rack is hinged and most of the rack opens to get at the back of the equipment. When your done with the equipment close the rack up against the wall and save some space.

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I actually ordered a Kendall Howard 3100 free standing rack. 42u of space for radios etc. It should be here next week.

LINIER ® - 42U LINIER® Server Cabinet - Glass/Vented Doors - 24" Depth #3100-3-024-42
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Rich,

What do you do with all of your old cabinets when you keep switching out? 8-)

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I still have them. I might use them again later on.
The garage is getting full...
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LOL you're a hoarder of discarded equipment you might use later, eh? Well I can relate!

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Yeah, I see a massive cleanout of the garage in my future.



Part one of the project occurred today. The wife wanted me to get one of those risable desks for the computer and it arrived today. It took about an hour to assemble and another to place the equipment and get it going. The cabinet is set to arrive here tomorrow so this weekend I will start work on placing the equipment in it then wire it up.



I am working with NovexCom to build a rack for my 746Pro, I already have one of their racks for the R8500. The scanners will remain in the NorthCom/Jotto racks from my original cabinets. It is gonna be a fun couple of weeks around here!
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