The Shack

A few posts ago, I promised you a look at the shack. This may be the first of many views, as I realize that the setup is never quite what I want it to be, and will evolve over time…..

It’s tucked away in the corner of the garage, between my workbench and a freezer… Not super comfortable, but fits well with the “man cave” motif….

Here’s how it looks right now

Working clockwise from 12:00, there’s an LG monitor which is connected to the netbook underneath. I tend to use the netbook’s display for the main Ham Radio Deluxe screen, and use the bigger screen on top for web browsing, the log book, and the digital modes screen. Two dollar-store digital clocks show me local time and GMT.

On the right of the screen, is a Kenwood TS-140S, which was my first HF rig. A rather capable old timer that was my main rig for a short period of time. It now plays a backup role, and I may part with it to fund the acquisition of other goodies.

On top of the Kenwood, is the MFJ-993B antenna tuner. Besides tuning, it also lets me flip between my half sloper (for 80m-15m) and my Antron 99 (for 12m-10m).

On top of that is an Autek Research QF-1A SSB/CW/AM filter. This was a throw in when I bought the Kenwood, and now I use it pretty much all the time. A tweakable audio filter with adjustable notch and lowpass.. it does a great job of helping to pick weak audio from the noise.

Under the Kenwood is the MC-80 microphone, the netbook, then an older Pyramid power supply.

Last but not least is my Yaesu FT-897D, with a home-made analog meter on top. I wasn’t planning on buying a 2nd rig so soon, but an unexpected trip to sales-tax -free Delaware, USA combined with a strong Canadian dollar kind of nudged things along. Also, I wanted VHF/UHF, and realized this all-in-one unit would fit my needs. I’m a big fan of this radio, and haven’t regretted the purchase at all.

Not visible are the coax switch to let me flip the antennas between the radios, and a RigBlaster interface for the digital modes.

Next time, we’ll take a look at that home-made meter, and how a few bucks and some parts from the junk box made for a nice addition to the shack.