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Thursday, 15 February 2018

Stealth Scanner Bag MK5 - February 2018

Over the years, while involved in the radio scanning / amateur radio / ultralight DXing hobbies, I have used a number of different bags and cases for carrying my radios and associated bits and pieces. Some of these bags and cases have worked very well, others have not for various reasons.

I have again returned to my love of portable operation, this has meant finding a suitable carry case or bag for my radios to undertaken these activities in parks and other locations plus also carrying them with me in my day to day life. I have found recently that I have come across some interesting monitoring situations but have not had my scanners with me, mostly due to my scanner carry case not being easy to carry. I have really had to make an effort to carry it with me and don't as much as I would like.

Based on my experience in the past, I ruled out using a “hard” case due to the unwanted attention they can bring plus size and cost. Soft camera bags like I have used in the past do not offer a suitable level of protection and can also make you stand out as a photographer who might be carrying expensive equipment. With this in mind I have recently been on the lookout for ideas to make a suitable carrying system that is as “low profile / stealth” as I could go.

Recently I was looking at our local cash convertors, when I noticed they had this bag for $6.99, this was a good size and had enough space for my radios and accessories plus other daily carry essentials. I managed to talk them down to $5 for the bag. I then went to our local Kmart, they had a number of cheap plastic storage containers, I tried a few different ones until I found one that was a good fit for this bag. I also purchased some heavy duty black tape and two smaller plastic storage containers. Total cost was $15 for the bags and these.

Last night I spent about an hour setting this up. The first step was to cut some foam to size to fit inside the plastic container, I then cut out a space for my UBCD396XT to fit and some space for my aerials. Finally I attached some doubled sided tape to the rear of the larger plastic storage container to hold this in place. I then spent some time sorting my various radio scanning accessories and setting up space in the bag for them all. This is where the smaller plastic containers came in very handy.

Over all for less than $15 and an hour of my time I have a very low profile bag which provides a good level of protection and blends in, looking like nothing more than a man bag. It also have enough spare room in the front pocket for my keys, wallet and phone, making it the perfect daily carry bag.









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