After some time familiarizing myself, I had a 5U blank panel put together, and then made the mistake of pricing it. Over $200 for a one-off. Not surprising, honestly, but still more than I want to put into it.
So I finally gave up and went to sleep. That was something like 5:00am.
At 10:00am I was up and at it again - but looking at standard solutions. But around 1:30pm I'd dug up an open-work modular design that I could leave mostly unpopulated, and will hopefully not interfere with the reception too much. That was more like $50.
Then I ran out of steam and fell back into bed. Which would have been fine, except it meant that in the end I got to chargerboy's BBQ after 6:00pm.
So I tried to push an afternoon's worth of party into an hour. With some success.
I left there a little after 7:00pm, and got to the bar at just about 7:30pm.
I was set up and ready to go by 8:15pm. We had enough to people to start by 9:15pm...
In fact, the rotation now (#3) is only about 8 people. Though more are showing up as I type...
Back to work.