By Toshen, KEØFHS
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Yep, I'm a bit scrappy. My shack is a corner of a desk in my workshop, which is primarily a haven for my woodworking passion.
1) Base station
Analog – Dual band Kenwood TM-V71A with an RC-D710 control panel for APRS. (I also use a TM-V71A in my car.) It's a good base station for my purposes, given my focus on local-area emergency communications.
Digital – DVMEGA mounted on Raspberry Pi. See my D-STAR page.
- I find the Kenwood approach to key and menu layout more intuitive to understand than some other radios I've tried, and I'm happy I need to learn that approach only once.
- Power supply: Powerwerx SS-30DV 13.8 Volt 27 Amp
- Speakers: I mounted two of the optional Kenwood KES-3S speakers—which provide crisp, clear audio with good volume that I can hear throughout the shop—up high above the radio, one on each side of the shelf that's above the desk. Each is connected to one of the bands; that way I can tell which band I'm hearing, even when I'm over at my workbench.
We basically live on top of solid rock here in the foothills (I guess that's why they call them the Rocky Mountains), so it's crazy difficult to install a ground pole … pounding something into the ground one foot is nearly impossible, let alone eight feet!
So I decided for the time being to put up an antenna only when the weather is fair (i.e., no chance of lightning)—I temporarily mount a Diamond X50A above my deck. The antenna base sits atop a 7′ pole that rises from a mount attached to our deck. It takes me about five minutes to mount/dismount this exterior antenna.
- I use a strong 1″ × 7′ tubular steel pole made by Erva (designed for bird feeders) to mount the antenna. That gets the base of the antenna up about 14′ above the ground.
Pole: Erva Long Poles, with Double-swaged Connectors.
Mount (attached to 4′×4′ deck post): Erva WMT Wall Mount Pole.
- I use an 8″ UHF-Female SO-239 Bulkhead Coaxial Connector to bridge the wall between the exterior and interior of my workshop.
- A few good antenna-related articles:
⇄ Give me a holler!
ke0fhs at toshen.com