Archive for June 21st, 2010
As described there, I made a fixture and a small plate to hold 2.5 mm and 3.5 mm plugs in the proper alignment for the mic & speaker jacks on our ICOM IC-Z1A HTs. Knowing I was going to rebuild the interface boxes, I made several spare plates and tucked them into a small bag against future need.
Come to find out that the new gratuitously gold-plated 2.5 mm plugs in my stash have a slightly thicker front plate that doesn’t quite fit into the recess I milled in the plates for the old nickel-plated plugs. So I set up a little nest in on the Sherline’s table, snuggled each plate into the corner, and poked a 9/32-inch end mill 1 mm down into the plate. The net change was a 0.5 mm deeper recess. Sheesh.
I’d originally create the recess with helical milling, but I recently uncovered a stash of shiny-new end mills in a box: 9/32 is 7.31 mm, just about exactly what you want for a 7-mm dia plug front plate surrounded by a blob of fast-curing epoxy.
This epoxy just holds the plugs in the right position for wiring and initial testing. After the cable checks out, I’ll smoosh a blob of epoxy putty around the whole thing as before.