The Cold Steel Bushmanhas been in my possession for quite some timenow.Publishing the review has been delayed over and over again, in most part due to my own mixed feelings over this iconic knife. Traditionally, I tend to pick up a knife and I can have a general idea of how it will perform, whether its a solid buy, etc., but with the Bushman, one year laterandI am still just as indecisive as I was before. The longer I own it, the more I am torn.
As a side note, if we werent so formal about our titles, we wouldve named this one The review in which I quite literally bled all over the product. Just thought itd be good to mention as a little heads up.
A little while back, one of the fans on our Patreon page suggested that there wasnt a good how to on the internet on building a Radio Go Box. What is a radio go box? Simply put, it is a radio in some sort of enclosure that is self powered that you can take out into the field for radio communications. Sensing a challenge, my wheels began to turn. I decided that Id take a crack at designing and building a radio go box and turn it into a tutorial that would be as easy as I could make it for others to follow. Not leaving well enough alone, I also wanted the go box to to be more versatile than others that I have seen. I also wanted to make several different types to service different modes of communication.
This first go box, or Ham-O-Can as I am calling it, is a GMRS radio built into a ammo can. It uses the Midland Micro Mobile, a really interesting GMRS radio that differs from the usual walkie talkie/HT in that it runs at 5 watts and has an antenna connector instead of a permanent antenna, allowing formuch better antennas than the usual rubber duckie (like the N9TAX). We will be covering the Micro Mobile in another video and also how to make the most out of GMRS. I also wanted the box to do more. In the case of this box, it can also charge two simultaneous USB devices as well as a 12 volt device, like the walkie talkies you are communicating to. I also wanted to have a few options for recharging the device. The first choice in the field was solar, and it has a charge controller built in to which Id suggest to charge it with something like the Renogy 20 Watt panel. But what happens if you wanted to pre-charge it before you leave on an expedition? You can also charge it with a 12 volt battery charger, or use a male to male cigarette lighter adapter to charge it from your car.
Lastly, I wanted to make it as easy to build as possible. While this isnt the absolute easiest project weve ever tackled, if you can cut a few pieces of wood, crimp on a few wire connectors, and operate a screw gun, you can probably do it. Check out this video on how to build your own Ham-O-Can. Below are the links mentioned in the video, the schematics, instructions, templates, and parts list.
Template- scanned to be printed on 8.5x1 paper
Template-scanned to be printed on 8.5x14 paper
Instructions, Schematics, and Parts List HERE