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.

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.

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

Digital – DVMEGA mounted on Raspberry Pi. See my D-STAR page.


2) Antenna

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.

The Diamond X50A antenna rising above our deck


The antenna cable attached to the bulkhead coaxial connector mounted on the exterior of my worshop

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