I’d like to have a go at building the radome but have no access to a 3d printer to make the joints. Is anyone offering (or planning to) the pieces as a kit?
With winter approaching here in New England I think it would be a good time to test the design under snow loading.
Welcome to the forum. Dimitris is developing some new joints for additional rigidity. We could arrange some shipping for testing once those are out.
A couple of questions:
- Do you have access (and/or experience) to shrink wrap material ?
- What PVC pipes are available in your area? (specifically inner and outer diameters close to 20mm)
I am unencumbered by experience with, or access to shrink wrapping. I had a notion to try a few layers of food wrap. Not the lightweight ‘cling’ film you get in the grocery store but a wider, heavier grade used by commercial kitchens.
My initial plan is to build the radome without the antenna array inside so if there is a failure I do not loose it.
Here is a sample of what PVC is generally available here: http://www.lowes.com/pd_23987-1814-PVC+23155++0600_0__?productId=3133101&Ntt=pvc+pipe&Ns=p_product_price|0&pl=1¤tURL=%3FNs%3Dp_product_price|0%26Ntt%3Dpvc%2Bpipe%26page%3D1&facetInfo= . The OD on this example is a bit over 21mm.
I’m in North East Ohio
I’m in the same boat as Tim - I don’t have access to a 3D printer (yet!) so I am also looking for a source for 3D parts to put my own ground station together (including Radome)
I would be more than happy to pay for materials and shipping if the SatNogs team were to make a printed parts kit!
Hello everyone! I’m new to the project… Any ways, has anyone thought of a tent? A better suggestion would be to make a hardened antenna. I work with SATCOM and a radome can be a nice thing to have, however, you have to clean them off, high rain fall allows rain to accumulate on the skin, like a sheet, even as its draining. So, unless we absolutely have to use a radome, which would be something like a pacific island with high humidity and salt content, we try to avoid them.
hey everyone. i’m located in linz, austria and relatively new to the topic, although a dxpatrol i on its way i intend to build a radome for aesthetic reasons and have access to a dimension elite thermoplast printer. @pierros, when do you plan to release the aforementioned joints? are they gonna be published on github as well?
@ososdo some preliminary designs of the radome hardware designs (joints included) and BOM have already being published in github (kudos to @pierros and @mr_dimitris) although we haven’t completed testing them with a covering material yet.