The Shack

A Ham operator’s “shack” is his radio room, his man (or woman) cave, and also probably his main money pit. The shack can range from a radio and tuner atop the washing machine to full-blown studio rooms filled with gear and wires.

I’ve never really had a room filled with gear. In fact, I enjoy operating spartan. I did, however have the pleasure of operating out of a ham radio club at Cleveland State university. The club’s “shack” was quite well done, and was in the top floor of the dorm I lived in.

Station WB8ADF at CSU

Station WB8ADF at CSU

Here’s my rather humble shack when I lived in Sacramento:

K6MEC station in Sacramento, CA

K6MEC station in Sacramento, CA

Sometimes the “Shack” was the dining room table:

Here I am operating station WB8ADF atop Cleveland State Univeristy's Fenn Tower c.1985. Next to it is me operating in 2011.

Here I am operating station WB8ADF atop Cleveland State Univeristy’s Fenn Tower c.1985. Next to it is me operating in 2011.

Since I enjoy portable operations, a lot of my “shacks” are hauled up to hilltops. Here’s a typical setup I use (this was on Bald Mountain in the Bay Area):

Mountain-Topping from Bald Mountain in the Bay Area, CA

Mountain-Topping from Bald Mountain in the Bay Area, CA

Here’s the first HF radio I owned: the venerable Yaesu FT-757GX. Underneath is the matching antenna tuner and power supply. It covers all the HF bands and is capable of 100 watts output.

Yaesu FT-767, tuner and power supply

Yaesu FT-767, tuner and power supply

Gear

I’ve had and used the following radio gear over the years:

Radios

  • Elecraft KX3
  • Yaesu FT-767
  • Yaesu FT-101EE
  • Yaesu FT-817ND
  • Ettus Research USRP
  • Kenwood TH-G71
  • Alinco DJ-S11T
  • Baofeng UV-5R (x2)

Antennae

  • G5RV Jr
  • Hamstick dipole
  • Homemade dipoles
  • PerthPlus Outbacker

Accessories

  • FT-767AT tuner
  • MFJ-969 tuner
  • LDG Electronics Z100 tuner
  • SignaLink USB sound interface
  • Youkits FG-01 antenna analyzer
  • AEA PK-232 multimode data controller
  • Paccomm PicoPacket
  • Pignology Piglet
  • Diamond SX20C SWR meter

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