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Re: Shack organization ideas/Show off your shack

Ryan - KJ7GIE
 

I've only got the IC-7100 on my desk so have not invested in any kind of organization. However, on my "work" desk I have a glass monitor stand (similar to the below) so I can store stuff under the monitor. I like the look of the glass but it can trap heat.

Paul, I found you a project:
https://engineering.taboola.com/analog-clocks-ntp/

On the round table I suggested following the headphone community. Some of this stuff is "audiophile pricing" but worth a look if yow want to get fancy. I'll start with the inexpensive which is the Ikea shoe rack:
https://www.head-fi.org/threads/show-us-your-head-fi-station-at-its-current-state-no-old-pictures-please.529140/page-1563#post-14789418

Another favorite is Amazon's assortment of glass monitor stands. They come in all kinds of widths but generally not stackable (although you _can_ stack them):
https://smile.amazon.com/s?k=glass+monitor+stand+adjustable+height&ref=nb_sb_noss_2
https://cdn.head-fi.org/a/11192205.jpg

If you only need 3.5" width... but other brands make similar stuff a bit wider:
https://ifi-audio.com/products/irack/

and then this fancy thing:
http://www.atacama-audio.co.uk/p/evoque-eco-35-40-compact-natural-bamboo-finish

Search alibaba or any of the importers for "smsl rack" or "topping rack". You'll find some super inexpensive acrylic options at 6.7" wide. Might be fine for smaller rigs.

If you're handy the spikes and shoes are easy to obtain so you could build something custom.

The other option is "recording studio desktop racks". The nice thing about going this route is that, instead of shelves, it's a tiny rack so you can rack mount your stuff. If I expand my shack I may go this route as I like the look of rack mounted radios.

Ohh.. and for those invested in more than one Raspberry Pi... lookup "cluster case". There are a lot of options for mounting multiple Rasp Pi's in a single case these days. This one will hold 8 Pis
https://www.c4labs.com/product/8-slot-stackable-cluster-case-raspberry-pi-3b-and-other-single-board-computers-color-options/


Re: Shack organization ideas/Show off your shack

Paul Butzi (W7PFB)
 

Very FB.  I especially like the idea of having clocks set to UTC, PDT, and PST.  But the second hands on the clocks are not synchronized, which would drive me crazy.  I have a WWV clock from MFJ with two big time displays, I have one set to display UTC and PST or PDT as appropriate.

One observation on the utility of multiple displays for a shack computer - I have a loose pile of papers with things like band plans, grid maps, net control scripts, and so on.  If I had multiple monitors I could obviously just have those on the computer, open in a image viewer with tabs, and just consult them on another monitor while I am working on the main monitor.


-p W7PFB
73, Don’t forget to smile and have fun!

On Oct 30, 2020, at 8:31 AM, Robin Amundson <wa7cpa@...> wrote:

Kirt,
Here is a picture of my she-shack standing U desk just after custom build by DH. It is placed away from wall/window on 2 sides for easy access to wires in back of equipment. Coax and control wires come in through wall on right behind rack from adjacent crawl space, brought into house through rodent screen at base of house, then through hole drilled between space and shack room. I purchased 2 adjustable height stools from Costco I use when I need to sit. One for guest, pre-Covid. For SSB contests I'm all standing to use foot pedal. The second picture is February 2019 after I initially placed equipment and it wasn't yet looking like a typical messy shack, lol. Currently my 8900 or Anytone sits on left side where the tool box in the picture is. I have added quite a lot of stuff on rack, and a second computer screen left corner of desk, which is currently used as a bulletin board. Graciella sits to right of computer now. She is my beautiful shack jewel made by Begali. I have a Microham right of computer. So there is a bit more equipment but it all still works. I will send current picture when I am able.

73,
Robin <she shack standing desk.JPG><she shack February 2019.JPG>


Re: Shack organization ideas/Show off your shack

Robin Amundson
 

Kirt,
Here is a picture of my she-shack standing U desk just after custom build by DH. It is placed away from wall/window on 2 sides for easy access to wires in back of equipment. Coax and control wires come in through wall on right behind rack from adjacent crawl space, brought into house through rodent screen at base of house, then through hole drilled between space and shack room. I purchased 2 adjustable height stools from Costco I use when I need to sit. One for guest, pre-Covid. For SSB contests I'm all standing to use foot pedal. The second picture is February 2019 after I initially placed equipment and it wasn't yet looking like a typical messy shack, lol. Currently my 8900 or Anytone sits on left side where the tool box in the picture is. I have added quite a lot of stuff on rack, and a second computer screen left corner of desk, which is currently used as a bulletin board. Graciella sits to right of computer now. She is my beautiful shack jewel made by Begali. I have a Microham right of computer. So there is a bit more equipment but it all still works. I will send current picture when I am able.

73,
Robin


Re: Shack organization ideas/Show off your shack

Robin Amundson
 


On Thu, Oct 29, 2020, 9:00 PM Kirt White / K7KDW <kirtwhite@...> wrote:
Hello all,

As I'm finishing up my new office space/shack, I'm planning space for my radios. I only have one UHF/VHF mobile and my 7300 to go in here. My hopes is to keep the area as clutter free as possible and also hope to keep the radios somehow neatly on my desk top. 

If you have any ideas for a desktop shelf system, rack or similar that would fit these radios (plus power supplies and tuner, etc) and not take up too much desk real estate that would be much appreciated.

If you would also like to share a photo of your shack setup and how you organize it, I'd love to see those as well. 

Thanks 
Kirt - K7KDW


Shack organization ideas/Show off your shack

Kirt White / K7KDW
 

Hello all,

As I'm finishing up my new office space/shack, I'm planning space for my radios. I only have one UHF/VHF mobile and my 7300 to go in here. My hopes is to keep the area as clutter free as possible and also hope to keep the radios somehow neatly on my desk top. 

If you have any ideas for a desktop shelf system, rack or similar that would fit these radios (plus power supplies and tuner, etc) and not take up too much desk real estate that would be much appreciated.

If you would also like to share a photo of your shack setup and how you organize it, I'd love to see those as well. 

Thanks 
Kirt - K7KDW


Fw: LWHC Technician Class -- Oct 27-Dec 8th (2 nights per week)

Irvina Mizell
 

FYI

Irvina


From: Dave Wickert <dwickert@...>
Sent: Saturday, October 24, 2020 2:46 PM
To: Irvina Mizell <Irvina.Mizell@...>; Rowland Brasch <rowland.brasch@...>; Lanea Miller <hawaii.heaven@...>; Backstrom, Larry <admin@...>
Cc: Ronald Poole KF7YHQ <snwbird1111@...>; jcwickert@... <jcwickert@...>; johndsullivan@... <johndsullivan@...>
Subject: LWHC Technician Class -- Oct 27-Dec 8th (2 nights per week)
 

Hi All.

If you know of anyone interested in getting their Technician license, the Lake Washington Ham Club will be putting on a technician class on Zoom for the coming couple of weeks. Exams (for all license classes) are also available online via Zoom.  If you can please help spread that word we would appreciate it. Dates and registration steps are in the info below.

 

Info at: http://www.lakewashingtonhamclub.org/classes-2/

 

We are also looking for instructors, so if you know of anyone interested in teaching a unit or two pass them along too. We have slides and videos already done for them.

 

Thanks.

 

73.

 

_-_-_ Dave AE7TD

dwickert@...

Lead Instructor

 

 


Re: For Sale

AA7Z
 

Paul,

It’s yours. 

Dick
AA7Z


On Oct 23, 2020, at 3:50 PM, Paul Butzi (w7pfb) <w7pfb@...> wrote:

 I’ll take the TH-F6A.

-p W7PFB
73, Don’t forget to smile and have fun!

On Oct 23, 2020, at 3:49 PM, AA7Z <AA7Z@...> wrote:

Well, it’s time to clean up the shack and I’ve got a couple of things which are either not used or under utilized. Thought I’d offer them for sale here first before I look at other means of disposing of them.

 

Signalink USB $80.00

 

Signalink USB with Kenwood Radio Cable, USB Cable, Mono Cable,
(Cables for other radios are available from Tigertronics)

 

This was hooked up and worked fine, but shortly after I installed it I changed my method of operating. Thus, this was disconnected and has been sitting on the shelf.

 

Kenwood TH-F6A $150.00

 

Kenwood TH-F6A 144/220/440 MHz FM Triband Transceiver with Belt Hook, Hand Strap, Speaker Microphone, and Instruction Manual

 

Everything works. I bought this used a few years ago, but have never used it that much. Thus, I am hoping that someone locally can get better use out of it.

AA7Z, Dick, AA7Z@...
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Re: For Sale

Paul Butzi (W7PFB)
 

I’ll take the TH-F6A.

-p W7PFB
73, Don’t forget to smile and have fun!

On Oct 23, 2020, at 3:49 PM, AA7Z <AA7Z@...> wrote:

Well, it’s time to clean up the shack and I’ve got a couple of things which are either not used or under utilized. Thought I’d offer them for sale here first before I look at other means of disposing of them.

 

Signalink USB $80.00

 

Signalink USB with Kenwood Radio Cable, USB Cable, Mono Cable,
(Cables for other radios are available from Tigertronics)

 

This was hooked up and worked fine, but shortly after I installed it I changed my method of operating. Thus, this was disconnected and has been sitting on the shelf.

 

Kenwood TH-F6A $150.00

 

Kenwood TH-F6A 144/220/440 MHz FM Triband Transceiver with Belt Hook, Hand Strap, Speaker Microphone, and Instruction Manual

 

Everything works. I bought this used a few years ago, but have never used it that much. Thus, I am hoping that someone locally can get better use out of it.

AA7Z, Dick, AA7Z@...
<IMG_1946.JPG><IMG_1945.JPG><IMG_1945.JPG>


For Sale

AA7Z
 

Well, it’s time to clean up the shack and I’ve got a couple of things which are either not used or under utilized. Thought I’d offer them for sale here first before I look at other means of disposing of them.

 

Signalink USB $80.00

 

Signalink USB with Kenwood Radio Cable, USB Cable, Mono Cable,

(Cables for other radios are available from Tigertronics)

https://www.tigertronics.com/slusbmain.htm

 

This was hooked up and worked fine, but shortly after I installed it I changed my method of operating. Thus, this was disconnected and has been sitting on the shelf.

 

Kenwood TH-F6A $150.00

 

Kenwood TH-F6A 144/220/440 MHz FM Triband Transceiver with Belt Hook, Hand Strap, Speaker Microphone, and Instruction Manual

https://www.kenwood.com/i/products/info/amateur/thf6a.html

 

Everything works. I bought this used a few years ago, but have never used it that much. Thus, I am hoping that someone locally can get better use out of it.

AA7Z, Dick, AA7Z@...


Re: SnoVARC gathering for W7ABD (sk), our friend Jim

Robin Amundson
 

Looking at weather forecast, Sunday November 1 looks warmer (50's) and low chance of rain. Our president, Tom, WA7TBP, will not have returned by then, but he said more important to hold the gathering than wait. So, I will (tentatively) set the gathering for 1 p.m. Sunday November 1 at Big Rock Ball Fields in Duvall, our usual gathering spot. The gathering will be what each attendee brings to it of their hearts and memories, etc. It will be for fellowship and in the spirit of our sk Jim, WA7ABD. If we get rained out or frozen out, the good news is we will postpone until Tom can join us.

That said, I am happy to be inundated with requests, suggestions. It will be thrilling to see in person everyone who shows up. I hope you will all mark off the date on your calendars. 

73 

Robin, WA7CPA


Re: Excerpt From ARRL News Letter

Dale Smith
 

Done

 

Regards,

Dale Smith

425-686-9304

LinkedIn: linkedin.com/in/dalegsmith

KJ7GHU

 

“Never do anything to attract enemy fire – It annoys those around you”

Murphys Laws of Combat.

 

From: snovarc@snovarc.groups.io <snovarc@snovarc.groups.io> On Behalf Of Rowland
Sent: Monday, October 19, 2020 8:41 PM
To: snovarc@snovarc.groups.io
Subject: [SnoVARC] Excerpt From ARRL News Letter

 

Proposed FCC Amateur License Fees

In my September 2020 Northwest Division Newsletter we discussed newly proposed FCC mandated fees for amateur radio licenses and other transactions.
A refresher: Under the proposed fee structure amateur radio licensees would pay a $50 fee for each amateur radio license transaction. Included in the FCC’s fee proposal are applications for new licenses, renewal and upgrades to existing licenses, vanity call sign requests, and even for official copies of amateur licenses. Excluded are applications for administrative updates, such as changes of address. The FCC proposal is contained in a Notice of Proposed Rulemaking (NPRM) in MD Docket 20-270, which was adopted to implement portions of the “Repack Airwaves Yielding Better Access for Users of Modern Services Act” of 2018 — the so-called “Ray Baum’s Act.”

The Act requires that the FCC switch from a Congressionally-mandated fee structure to a cost-
based system of assessment. In its NPRM, the FCC proposed application fees for a broad range of services that use the FCC’s Universal Licensing System (ULS), including the Amateur Radio Service that had been excluded by an earlier statute. The 2018 statute excludes the Amateur Service from annual regulatory fees, but not from application fees.

The ARRL has been notified that the NRPM was formally published in yesterday morning’s Federal Register (https://tinyurl.com/yyk8f2yp). The Register notes the deadline for comments on the NPRM is November 16, and the Reply comment deadline is November 30.

 

It is highly recommended that all amateurs submit comments to the FCC regarding this repressive NRPM. Not only our wallets, but the possible long term viability of this wonderful hobby depends on it! If you would like to submit a comment on this proceeding, the official FCC website address is: https://www.fcc.gov/ecfs/filings. Where it asks for: Proceeding(s), type in: 20-270.

 

 

Thanks,

 

Rowland

 


Excerpt From ARRL News Letter

Rowland
 

Proposed FCC Amateur License Fees

In my September 2020 Northwest Division Newsletter we discussed newly proposed FCC mandated fees for amateur radio licenses and other transactions.
A refresher: Under the proposed fee structure amateur radio licensees would pay a $50 fee for each amateur radio license transaction. Included in the FCC’s fee proposal are applications for new licenses, renewal and upgrades to existing licenses, vanity call sign requests, and even for official copies of amateur licenses. Excluded are applications for administrative updates, such as changes of address. The FCC proposal is contained in a Notice of Proposed Rulemaking (NPRM) in MD Docket 20-270, which was adopted to implement portions of the “Repack Airwaves Yielding Better Access for Users of Modern Services Act” of 2018 — the so-called “Ray Baum’s Act.”

The Act requires that the FCC switch from a Congressionally-mandated fee structure to a cost-
based system of assessment. In its NPRM, the FCC proposed application fees for a broad range of services that use the FCC’s Universal Licensing System (ULS), including the Amateur Radio Service that had been excluded by an earlier statute. The 2018 statute excludes the Amateur Service from annual regulatory fees, but not from application fees.
The ARRL has been notified that the NRPM was formally published in yesterday morning’s Federal Register (https://tinyurl.com/yyk8f2yp). The Register notes the deadline for comments on the NPRM is November 16, and the Reply comment deadline is November 30.

It is highly recommended that all amateurs submit comments to the FCC regarding this repressive NRPM. Not only our wallets, but the possible long term viability of this wonderful hobby depends on it! If you would like to submit a comment on this proceeding, the official FCC website address is: https://www.fcc.gov/ecfs/filings. Where it asks for: Proceeding(s), type in: 20-270.


Thanks,

Rowland


SnoVARC gathering for W7ABD (sk), our friend Jim

Robin Amundson
 

Dear Hams and Others,
Our club president, Tom, WA7TBP, and I, have queried City of Duvall and City of Carnation. As a result, when we get a non-rainy weekend day forecast, we will be announcing a physically distanced outdoor gathering at Big Rock Ball Fields in honor of our silent key club member, Jim Myers, W7ABD. City of Duvall requires no permit. All food and drink will be brought in by each attendee for own consumption.  Please email me with any ideas or concerns you may have for the gathering. 

73,

Robin, WA7CPA
wa7cpa@...


Thursday, October 15 mini exercise

Tom WA7TBP
 

Hello all:

We have our third Thursday mini drill after the regular net this Thursday. I have attached a form for you to use during the exercise. I would suggest you make enough copies to record three messages. I will provide more detailed instructions at the beginning of the exercise. Each message will be longer than the previous message.
 
The goal of the exercise is to practice our message taking skills. When all else fails, we still need to take messages the old fashioned way.
 
Looking forward to working the exercise with you on Thursday.
 
Tom
 


Re: Power conditioner for Lifepo4 type battery?

Howard E. Mahran / WA1HEM
 

Thank you to everyone for the great input and advice. Based on your input I've decided to get the West Mountain Epic 58404-1795 unit which specifically calls out LifePo4 batteries as its default charging setup.    --
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Howard E. Mahran
WA1HEM
(425) 864 - 5104
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Re: Power conditioner for Lifepo4 type battery?

Mark Kenworthy
 

One of the advantages of a battery with the Battery Management System (BMS) is that the BMS prevents the voltage in the battery from dropping too low and thus damaging the battery, or overcharging, which again can damage the battery.  Hooking up to a LiFe without the management system can cause irreparable damage to the battery if you run it below its minimum voltage.

 

Mark

 

From: snovarc@snovarc.groups.io <snovarc@snovarc.groups.io> On Behalf Of Benjamin Thompson via groups.io
Sent: Tuesday, October 6, 2020 12:53 PM
To: snovarc@snovarc.groups.io
Subject: Re: [SnoVARC] Power conditioner for Lifepo4 type battery?

 

I would assume as long as your power supply voltage is set correctly you’d be fine. Unless you are looking for a smart charger. If you want something smarter, consider the Redarc BCDC1225D. It will take the power supply, condition the power to charge the battery, and then you run your rig off the battery. This is a common device and setup for off-road uses. It also has a solar panel input if you are interested.

 

-Benjamin Thompson, sent from my phone.


From: snovarc@snovarc.groups.io <snovarc@snovarc.groups.io> on behalf of Mark Kenworthy <mark@...>
Sent: Tuesday, October 6, 2020 12:47:39 PM
To: snovarc@snovarc.groups.io <snovarc@snovarc.groups.io>
Subject: Re: [SnoVARC] Power conditioner for Lifepo4 type battery?

 

RVs use such a setup, and there are “battery converter” units (e.g., Progressive Dynamics) that auto-switchover that also produce a high enough charge voltage for LiFe batteries that include the battery management system and protection circuitry (e.g., Dakota Lithium).  Please note these battery converters need to be a model made for the lithium batteries, not the normal lead-acid version (which don’t put out a high enough voltage).

 

Mark

 

From: snovarc@snovarc.groups.io <snovarc@snovarc.groups.io> On Behalf Of Howard E. Mahran / WA1HEM via groups.io
Sent: Tuesday, October 6, 2020 10:21 AM
To: snovarc@snovarc.groups.io
Subject: [SnoVARC] Power conditioner for Lifepo4 type battery?

 

Recommendations for a power backup and conditioner for a Lifepo4 type battery. I currently use a PwrGate type backup with an SLA backup battery, Power Supply, and Rig plugged in. Is there a recommended similar unit to keep a Lifepo4 charged that will automatically switch to battery when power is out while keeping it charged when power is on?

TIA!
--
*************************
Howard E. Mahran
WA1HEM
(425) 864 - 5104
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Re: Power conditioner for Lifepo4 type battery?

Benjamin Thompson
 

I would assume as long as your power supply voltage is set correctly you’d be fine. Unless you are looking for a smart charger. If you want something smarter, consider the Redarc BCDC1225D. It will take the power supply, condition the power to charge the battery, and then you run your rig off the battery. This is a common device and setup for off-road uses. It also has a solar panel input if you are interested.

-Benjamin Thompson, sent from my phone.


From: snovarc@snovarc.groups.io <snovarc@snovarc.groups.io> on behalf of Mark Kenworthy <mark@...>
Sent: Tuesday, October 6, 2020 12:47:39 PM
To: snovarc@snovarc.groups.io <snovarc@snovarc.groups.io>
Subject: Re: [SnoVARC] Power conditioner for Lifepo4 type battery?
 

RVs use such a setup, and there are “battery converter” units (e.g., Progressive Dynamics) that auto-switchover that also produce a high enough charge voltage for LiFe batteries that include the battery management system and protection circuitry (e.g., Dakota Lithium).  Please note these battery converters need to be a model made for the lithium batteries, not the normal lead-acid version (which don’t put out a high enough voltage).

 

Mark

 

From: snovarc@snovarc.groups.io <snovarc@snovarc.groups.io> On Behalf Of Howard E. Mahran / WA1HEM via groups.io
Sent: Tuesday, October 6, 2020 10:21 AM
To: snovarc@snovarc.groups.io
Subject: [SnoVARC] Power conditioner for Lifepo4 type battery?

 

Recommendations for a power backup and conditioner for a Lifepo4 type battery. I currently use a PwrGate type backup with an SLA backup battery, Power Supply, and Rig plugged in. Is there a recommended similar unit to keep a Lifepo4 charged that will automatically switch to battery when power is out while keeping it charged when power is on?

TIA!
--
*************************
Howard E. Mahran
WA1HEM
(425) 864 - 5104
*************************


Re: Power conditioner for Lifepo4 type battery?

Mark Kenworthy
 

RVs use such a setup, and there are “battery converter” units (e.g., Progressive Dynamics) that auto-switchover that also produce a high enough charge voltage for LiFe batteries that include the battery management system and protection circuitry (e.g., Dakota Lithium).  Please note these battery converters need to be a model made for the lithium batteries, not the normal lead-acid version (which don’t put out a high enough voltage).

 

Mark

 

From: snovarc@snovarc.groups.io <snovarc@snovarc.groups.io> On Behalf Of Howard E. Mahran / WA1HEM via groups.io
Sent: Tuesday, October 6, 2020 10:21 AM
To: snovarc@snovarc.groups.io
Subject: [SnoVARC] Power conditioner for Lifepo4 type battery?

 

Recommendations for a power backup and conditioner for a Lifepo4 type battery. I currently use a PwrGate type backup with an SLA backup battery, Power Supply, and Rig plugged in. Is there a recommended similar unit to keep a Lifepo4 charged that will automatically switch to battery when power is out while keeping it charged when power is on?

TIA!
--
*************************
Howard E. Mahran
WA1HEM
(425) 864 - 5104
*************************


Re: Power conditioner for Lifepo4 type battery?

Paul Butzi (W7PFB)
 

I am also keen to know if there is a solution.  

-p W7PFB
73, Don’t forget to smile and have fun!

On Oct 6, 2020, at 10:21 AM, Howard E. Mahran / WA1HEM <wa1hem@...> wrote:

Recommendations for a power backup and conditioner for a Lifepo4 type battery. I currently use a PwrGate type backup with an SLA backup battery, Power Supply, and Rig plugged in. Is there a recommended similar unit to keep a Lifepo4 charged that will automatically switch to battery when power is out while keeping it charged when power is on?

TIA!
--
*************************
Howard E. Mahran
WA1HEM
(425) 864 - 5104
*************************


Power conditioner for Lifepo4 type battery?

Howard E. Mahran / WA1HEM
 

Recommendations for a power backup and conditioner for a Lifepo4 type battery. I currently use a PwrGate type backup with an SLA backup battery, Power Supply, and Rig plugged in. Is there a recommended similar unit to keep a Lifepo4 charged that will automatically switch to battery when power is out while keeping it charged when power is on?

TIA!
--
*************************
Howard E. Mahran
WA1HEM
(425) 864 - 5104
*************************