Phil Salas AD5X (email@example.com) http://www.ad5x.com
The ICOM IC-706 series of radios is very popular for mobile and portable operation. However, a lot of heat is generated in this small package, and with moderate-to-heavy use, the radio and heat-sink can get quite hot. The way around this is with additional airflow around the heat-sink. This project had three goals 1st, solve the heat problem. 2nd, the solution should be unobtrusive. And 3rd, make no mechanical changes to my IC-706MKIIG. There are many surplus computer fans available for very little money, so I figured that there had to be one that was perfect for adding to the IC-706G. I wound up using a 12-volt 40mm square fan available from All Electronics (www.allelectronics.com, part number CF-181 @ $3 each). Now, how to mount it to the IC-706G heat-sink? The answer turned out to be pretty simple. Refer to photos Fan & Anchors, Back View, and Top View. I used plastic wall anchors to hold the fan in place. The wall anchors I used are 1-1/4 long and use #10 or #12 screws. I used 1-1/2 long #10 machine screws for mounting. The 40mm fan mounting holes passed #8 screws, so I had to drill them out slightly to take #10 screws. I also needed to cut off about of the length of the wall anchors. Position the fan so that it blows air away from the IC-706 heat-sink, then tighten the screws.
I took the 12-volts from the IC-706 antenna tuner connector. I made a cable extension to let me pick off the +12V but still permit connecting an antenna tuner if desired. The maximum current available at this connector is one-amp. To protect the radio in case of a fan short, I connected a 100-ohm 1/2-watt resistor in series with a fan lead. The resistor drops the fan voltage in half, which gives a much quieter installation, yet plenty of air is still moved. The resistor is covered with heat-shrink tubing in the photo. How does this work? Absolutely outstanding. My IC-706MKIIG runs cool even during heavy use. Other size fans can obviously be used, though a 50mm square fan is about the largest will fit (a 50mm fan is actually shown in the Fan & Anchors photo). This 40mm fan is a perfect fit, though.