My "shack"

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. My shop is so full of woodworking tools that there's not a lot of free space, so I have to make use of every cubic inch, for example, the monitor I use when logging into the Raspberry Pi is balanced (securely) on top of the water heater next to my desk, and a phonetic alphabet and morse code chart is taped to the side of the water heater. Hey, it works!

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1) Base station

VHF/UHF – Dual band Kenwood TM-V71A with an RC-D710 control panel for APRS. It's a good base station for my purposes, given my focus on local-area emergency communications.

My radios and power supply sitting on the corner of my workshop desk

HFKenwood TS-480SAT.

D-STARKenwood TH-D74A via a DVMEGA DUAL on a Raspberry Pi 3 running DStar Commander. See my D-STAR page for details.

DMRConnect Systems CS760 via a SharkRF openSPOT. See my DMR page for details.

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2) Antennas

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 the antennas above my deck, sitting atop a 7′ pole that rises from a mount attached to our deck. It takes me just a few minutes to mount/dismount the antennas using this system.

For VHF/UHF, I use a Diamond X50A. For HF, I use a Buddipole.

The Diamond X50A antenna rising above our deck

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ke0fhs at toshen.com