New location – new purpose built shack
My current QTH has a nice large garden so I have taken advantage of this and purchased a nice, good quality wooden shed which is being solely used as my operating shack.
The shack has been fully chipboard lined and any gaps have been filled as an aid to help soundproof and insulate it. The chipboard also gives a nice clean feel to the interior.
Benches have been installed for the equipment and also to provide a working space. The main frame for the benches is constructed using CLS timber and through moving, a wardrobe became surplus to requirements, the sides and doors were used as the worktop and shelving.
Electric power is supplied from a separate RCD in the house consumer unit (CU) to the shack using armoured cable buried underground. Upon entering the shack, the armoured cable is terminated at another CU which has individual RCD’s for the lighting circuit and the sockets.
Two CAT6 cables are also buried in plastic conduit alongside the power cable to provide a reliable connection between the two shack computers and the main router in the house.
Back in 2017 the shack looked like this.
On the shelf above the monitors are two printers. One is used for general printing, the other is set-up to print my outgoing QSL cards. To the right is a small corner shelf upon which I have placed my Silver Eagle microphone and Yaesu hand-held PMR radios.
There are two computers situated under the main desk to the left below the Kenwood.
One computer is set up as a dual monitor system using the two monitors to the right.
PC #1 (left monitor) is configured to run the Ham Radio Deluxe radio control software in server mode. The HRD logging and digi-modes suites are run on PC #2.
On the main level can be seen the three monitors. Along with these are my speakers which can take audio from both PC’s.
Also on this level is my Kenwood SP23 speaker, on top of which is a SignaLink digimodes interface unit which is connected between PC #2 and the Kenwood.
Finally, there is a world time zone clock, my Yaesu FT-7800 VHF/UHF radio and to the very right, a digital satellite receiver. The satellite receiver is connected to PC #1 via an Easycap capture device. Above the right speaker is my Yaesu VX-6r 2m/70cms hand held.
The main operating bench is home to the HF radios, and some test equipment including a Welz SP-300 power & SWR meter, frequency counter, oscilloscope, digital multimeters and antenna analyser.
The Shack Today
Like any ongoing project, the shack has seen a few transformations and equipment moves.
The test gear has now been moved to the other end of the shack and a second oscilloscope and also a signal generator added. The bulk of the shack has remained in position. The Kenwood extension speaker has been replaced with a different speaker (to the right of the FT-747) along with two other identical speakers which are connected to the FT-747 and the FT-7800.
The SignaLink data modes interface now sits on top of the FT-747, and the Welz SP-300 is positioned to the right of the bench and placed on top of an MFJ-949E antenna tuner unit. Going a step further to the right, you can see the power supply which I moved from under the TS-850 to allow a bit more ventilation.
On the shelf above the power supply is my Yaesu VX-6r, while in front is one of the Baofeng UV-5R handhelds. Just out of view to the right of the Baofeng I have an antenna switch mounted on the wall, within easy reach.