: >Anyway, I am assuming that maybe a person or two has had this happen to
: >them before, and being I hate dealing with Radio Shack, are there any
: >alternitives? What solutions have been used?
: Find a dealer that sells the AOR/Trident/Camnis/Fairmate radios. Order an
: extra belt clip from their parts department. It's a long metal clip that
: has properly spaced holes for the PRO-43. My original belt clip is in the
: drawer, and I didn't even wait for it to break.
If you're cheap, creative, and/or desperate, a serviceable clip can be
fabricated using a coat hanger and two eyelet crimp connectors. I rigged
one up to hold my PRO-43 at the last airshow. That was three months ago,
and I haven't had to replace it yet.
Bend the coat hanger in a "U" shape. Mine looks sort of like this:
(Warning: crude ASCII art follows!!)
() () <-- Crimp connectors (eyelet style)
| | The top part is angled so the crimp
| | connectors don't slide up, down, or
| | off of the wire. (You could conceivably
| | solder the connectors to the wire after
| | scraping the wire bare and crimping the
-------- connector on it.) The two top parts
extending past the connectors should be covered with electrical tape
or something similar so they don't scratch the radio (or you). If you
can get the bend just right, they'll rest against the radio case and
provide a bit of spring action.
Screw the connectors to the radio using the existing screws, then bend
the hangar to shape. Crimp the connectors on and you're good to go
until you can get that nice shiny metal belt clip.
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