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What best describes your contest hamshack?
  Posted: Jan 07, 2001   (676 votes, 16 comments) by k2ua

Survey Results
Corner of a garage or basement--very basic, no-frills 15% (103)
A spare bedroom, does double duty as a guest room 8% (52)
A dedicated room in the house 46% (311)
An outbuilding, or part of an outbuilding 3% (23)
A finished basement or garage room 18% (122)
A separate, finished building suitable for housing dignitaries 3% (19)
Other 7% (46)

Survey Comments
ham shack
my shack is the back half of a finished basment that has two tables one is a homebuilt wood one the otheris a framed dryerace bord on two fileing cabnetswhere I do my building of ham radio related projects

Posted by Anonymous on January 20, 2001

Da Shack
Mine is a corner of my unfinished workshop, which has never been optimal. Stuff is always competing for space. I have the lumber, but not the time, to build a 10 x 13-foot radio room in the basement, complete with raised, insulated floor. I guess I'll get to build it just before my dad asks me to return his pneumatic framing nailer. :-)

Posted by Anonymous on January 18, 2001

My lil' shack
My shack is my bedroom and while not perfect nor advanced it is my little corner of the world I can get lost in whenever I wish to.


Posted by Anonymous on January 16, 2001

Ham Shack
The desk in my 10'x12' office has my computer and Internet on one corner and my HF and VHF rigs on the other. Don, AC6ZZ,

Posted by Anonymous on January 15, 2001

Ham Shack
At the present time , my ham shack is part of our bedroom.
Not bad for now since wife and I work different times; but this
summer it will be moved into a separate small bedroom as
soon as my son and his wife finish moving out. Not too big,
but big enough for my radio equipment and all my computers.

Posted by Anonymous on January 13, 2001

My Shack
My ham shack began as a linen closet that was constructed by removing a doorway that led from the living room to the back yard. It's now got a computer desk and bookshelf accommodates all my ham radio equipment. When I'm not hamming, I close the folding door and everything disappears from view.
-Jim ND6P Burbank, CA

Posted by Anonymous on January 13, 2001

My new contesting location deep in the desert of the Southwest will include a shack in a corner of a rusty 10 x 30' metal overseas shipping container. 4 old blankets will be used as curtains forming a tiny room around the card table, holding in the heat from the 800 watt electric heater and the additional heat from the equipment. The heater also will hold the load on the generator a little bit more steady as the transmitter is keyed on and off.

Posted by kr6x on January 12, 2001

Ham Shack
My shack is one corner (20' x 12') of my 40' x 56' -- 2,240 sq ft shop/shack about 200' from my house. The "shack" is part of my 5 acre farm in rural central MN. I've got a great view in all directions. I must share my love for radios with other "toys" like my lathe, vertical mill, table saws, routers, sanders, drills, etc. I also maintain my 20' x 12' office (I'm a self-employed accountant) as part of the building as well.

Ford -- N0FP

The "shack" is actually a small electronics lab (the result of many years of collecting) complete with HP 141T spectrum analyser (3 plug-ins cover 10 khz to 22 ghz), an HP 606 (low HF generator), and HP 608D (10mHz to 470mHz generator), Tektronics 7704A and 7604 scopes with 250 mHz plug-ins, HP 8690B sweeper (2 plug-ins cover <100kHz to 2gHz), HP 8614A (.8 to 2.4 gHz generator) as well as complete sets of parts (surface mount and leaded). The work bench surrounds the room, which also holds the ham gear.

It serves me well. I enjoy making stuff. Better yet, making working stuff work better. The tower and antennas are all outside and some on the roof. The building is heated with wood so it can be -30F here in MN and I am warm and toasty in my shack.

The HF rig is an IC-746 and SB-1000 linear, plus some two meter and etc, etc.

Posted by N0FP on January 12, 2001

Ham shack
My ham shack at my contest-QTH is a caravan. It is an old one but very nice for contesting! It has a desk, a chair, elektric power, water and a heathing. What more do I need for contesting ;-) !

Posted by DK3DM on January 12, 2001

Ham Shack
A 7ft x 10x area in the corner of the basement. I have the studs up and the door in, but that's it. there are 2 48" windows facing west right in front of the desk; the coax feeds come thru the partially open window, though I do seal around the coax as best as I can. But it can get COLD in the wee hours of Sunday during sweepstakes.

This Saturday night the Pennsylvania lottery will be worth about $10M cash; I think I'll put up the drywall if I win.......


Posted by Anonymous on January 11, 2001

The "Mancave" (as my wife calls it) is a separate room built in my detached garage. 10x16' seems to be a reasonable size, with my workbench and operating table, 2 7' equipment racks and shelving for the icky bits. During contests, the amps provide all the heat needed to get the place over 90! A bit TOO well insulated...

100A AC service, 3500w electric heater, plenty of AC outlets (110v, 220v) all around the place. No water or waste, but then again if I put those in there, I'd NEVER be seen again! Eventually, we're thinking of attaching a garage to the house, thus making the entire area available for my ham palace. Mmmmmmm. 24'x32' of pure ham bliss.

So, Rus - since you posted this topic - tell us about YOUR shack, hmmm? (Don't lie, I've seen it!)

Mark, K2AXX

Posted by K2AXX on January 10, 2001

Business and Pleasure
Combined home office and ham shack. I spend 15 hours per day in this room. A mixed blessing.

Posted by k1ir on January 9, 2001

My Shack
My shack is located in the clothes cupboard of my den(standard size cupboard). All my HF, VHF, and 2 computers are located there. A curtain closes the cupboard.
Posted on January 9, 2001

Posted by Anonymous on January 9, 2001

contest hamshack
Whether or not thre's a contest, my radio
shack is a room of its own. I obtained my
license at the same time our (wife and I)
new house was under construction. The floor
plan was flexible enough to allow for a
small 7 foot by 8 foot room on the second floor directly over the downstair's entrance
and hallway. It has a window overlooking the
front yard to the east. I was indeed very
fortunate to allow accomodations for the
this hobby!

Posted by Anonymous on January 9, 2001

Radio Central (Ham Shack)
For 40 years, my radio room was in leftover space from household needs. Now I have a radio room that is a separate 18'x14' room that we incorporated into the design of our home when we built it new in 1997. It shares a wall with the kitchen which is away from sleeping spaces. The room has two entries - thru the bath from the mudroom (which also goes to the kitchen) that comes from the garage and courtyard and the 2nd entry from the Screen porch. Access to the outside is speedy. The room has: (a) two sets of three 4 inch PVC ports 2 ft off floor on different walls for cables to outside, (b) dedicated 240 VAC for power amp, (c) separate 120VAC power branch circuits from main AC breaker panel and separate from alternate power generator breaker panel, (c) its own bath with shower and urinal, (d) its own cool/heat exhaust ductwork.

The room has a draftsman table, a workbench with 3 inch thick top of laminated maple, a homebuilt radio operating table, an oldtimey steel desk, a 6' sturdy folding work table, book cases, a wall unit for TV and junk, a 36"w x 72"h plastic storage shelf unit for junk. The room is full! Much of my boxes of radio spare parts, coax cable supplies, and radio magazines are in the 25'x40' workshop, a separate finished concrete block building. de K4LDR Citrus County, FL (55 miles Nth of Tampa airport)

Posted by Anonymous on January 8, 2001

ham shack
my shack is a 35 foot trailer dedicated and setup for the hobby.

Posted by n7mcc on January 7, 2001

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