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.

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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

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

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ke0fhs at toshen.com