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My New Shack - November 2009

These aren't the best pictures, but it'll give you an idea of what my shack looks like now. It's at ground level so I can lay down while I talk (bad back). The twin size mattress has a 4" memory foam topper. Very comfortable to lay down on, and it's also comfortable while I'm sitting up to operate the controls. The first pic gives a general overview of how the room is laid out. My main power supply, a 7 amp Astron linear is sitting under the end table ...

A closer shot of the radios below ...

Top row from left to right - Yaesu FT-817ND QRP (low power) rig. It's an all mode HF, 6 and 2 meters, and 440. Attached to the rear SO-239 connector is the Miracle Whip antenna. Next to Ft-817 I have a 3 amp switching pwr supply, and a little adjustable voltage regulator I built that's sitting on top of the supply. The HT is a Yeasu VX-2R that does 2 meters and 440, and receives from below the AM broadcast band to 999 MHz. The FT-817's hand mic is on the right side of the top shelf, in front of the HT.

The bottom shelf from left to right - Mirage B23A VHF amp (5 watts in 30 out) - with preamp, a Yeasu FT-5100 dual band (2M, 440) moble, with dual receive. On top of the 5100 is an MFJ 812B VHF SWR/Wattmeter. To the right is the hand mic for the VX-2R. Hanging above my wastepaper basket is the hand mic for the FT-5100. To the right on my end table is a Bencher style Iambic paddle for CW (Morse Code for all you non Hams) ;-) and behind that is my Lacrosse Weather Station.

Below are a couple of my antennas. Along the back wall is a 5/8 wave mag mount that's sitting on my metal music stand. It's what I'm using for 2 meters. The antenna you see in the forground (right side of the picture) is the Miracle Whip I'm using for HF on the FT-817. In between the 2 antennas in the rear corner of my livingroom is my Yamaha SY-85 Synth, rack setup w/ a 12 channel soundboard, CD player, and 75 watt per channel power amp. You can also see one of my massive speakers under the window.

Some more crappy pics ...