New location – new purpose built shack
My QTH between 2016 and mid 2019 had a nice large garden so I took advantage of this and purchased a nice, good quality wooden shed which was being solely used as my operating shack.
The shack was fully chipboard lined and any gaps filled as an aid to help soundproof and insulate it. The chipboard also gives a nice clean feel to the interior.
Benches were 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 was 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 had individual RCD’s for the lighting circuit and the sockets.
Two CAT6 cables were 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 In 2019
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.
Before moving to my current QTH, the shack looked like this. All three monitors were mounted on the rear wall to give a cleaner appearance of the top shelf being only used for the PC speakers, one of the Baofeng UV-5 handhelds and a few odds and ends.
The space below was divided into three vertical sections, with each section divided vertically with a shelf. On the upper shelves (L to R) are the Yaesu FT-7800 VHF/UHF radio, Yaesu FT-847 HF radio, Welz SWR & power meter, MFJ 949E antenna tuner, SignaLink USB soundcard interface and finally a digital satellite receiver.
The lower shelf (L to R) currently some reference books, I designed the shelving to allow room for another radio to go here (don’t tell the station manager I’m already thinking of buying another radio), in the centre section I have my paddle, mouse and keyboard for the main PC. Behind the keyboard, the three extension speakers, one for each radio, can just about be seen. To the right is the Kenwood TS-850 S/AT and MC60 microphone, with my Yaesu VX-6 just out of view.
As it turned out, I didn’t add another radio, instead I used the available space to house some audio processing equipment.