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My Little Shack in Progress

Discussion in 'Station & Mobile Pics' started by Shadetree Mechanic, Feb 16, 2018.

  1. TheRealPorkchop

    TheRealPorkchop Certified Sith Pimp

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    Sadly and a disappointment, no, I don’t mess with tube stuff. Just not experienced enough to do so but I wish I was.



    Building or not, you have a nice setup and it looks like it’s growing nicely. I think every one of us here would be happy if we all had an entire house full of radio equipment and an acre of towers wouldn’t be enough. But we don’t have room or funds for such, or I don’t.
     
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  2. Sonar

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    I went from the LMR 400 times microwave jumpers to the LMR 240. The reason for the change was the 240 is already very flexible inherently, and are good for jumpers as opposed to the non ultraflex lmr 400. I was using the lmr400 non ultraflex jumpers and they were just too rigid. I actually would have had to add a couple of those L-shaped so-239 connectors in order for the jumpers not to bend (where the connector meets the cable) while my portable desk was pushed against the wall (while covered, and not being used.) I eventually found out through trial and error that the 240 LMR at least for me wasn't as good of a jumper as the lmr400. So I did what you did, and purchased the 400 LMR ultraflex. I haven't received them yet, but I'm sure that will solve the problem of having to add the L-shaped so-239 fittings to the back of the amp and the radio, so that the coax jumpers don't bend at the and eventually break at the connector. Since I'm using the lmr400 from the antenna to the transceiver I thought using the same 400 jumpers would make sense. And through a little test I did I found out at least for me that the 400 jumpers are better. My SWR actually went down a bit when switching from the 240 lmr to the 400 jumpers. Granted the 400 jumpers I have are not the ultraflex and as I mentioned to rigid for jumpers. If one is using them, and the desk that contains your equipment is not up against the wall they'll probably work fine. Otherwise the lmr400 ultraflex is the way to go when purchasing jumpers. 73. PS since the beginning I purchased all my LMR * 400 microwave cables from saigemaden. A US based company run and owned by women. They're knowledgeable, and did the right thing on several occasions. I've purchased all my jumpers, and the cables from them. They show their appreciation by giving me a very good discount on my last purchase. I would recommend checking out there eBay store When shopping for any type of cable come and or connectors. They have it all. And it's all made in the US. It's made with the highest quality, and gets a 4.5, or five on eham reviews. It really is a terrific high quality, made in the US Cable. There's lots of knock-offs out there, and one needs to be very careful. 73
     
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  3. Shadetree Mechanic

    Shadetree Mechanic 808 On The North Side of Dover

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    Hey Sonar,
    My work schedule has changed and now I have every weekend off so finding a good weekend will be a lot easier. I will give you a call this weekend so we can make arrangements. I replied to your PM too.
    Chris
     
  4. Shadetree Mechanic

    Shadetree Mechanic 808 On The North Side of Dover

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    Oh man, I would love to have a 14x20 for a shop. I have a single car garage made out of cinderblock and the moisture is a real problem. The garage stays colder than the air and with the humidity of a warm day, everything gets condensation on it. I open up the drawers of my tool boxes and just spray everything with WD-40 it is that bad. I have fans running 24/7 to keep the air moving so the mold doesn't grow. I have a station set up there with a Starduster and a Stryker 440 so I can keep in touch when I am working in the yard. And now that the idea is in my head, I know exactly where I would put a 14x20. Hmmm...
     
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  5. Sonar

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    The pictures that you added of your inside station looks like it's coming along very nicely. If I were you I would suggest that you download the free operating manual for the Autek QF-1A. It's a bit confusing to me, but being that your technical understanding of radio equipment is way above mine I would imagine you getting the Autek doing exactly what it's supposed to, and doing it well at that. It will definitely help you on SSB. and even though it would make a nice addition to any transceiver it will certainly do an excellent job with your Madison. Before hooking it up to my Madison I read the eham reviews on the Q f - A1, and for an analog noise filter it got a 5-star rating. It's actually painted the same color as the wm1, and we'll look nice sitting next to that meter. Ttys. 73
     
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    Go big or go home. I have an 18x24 shop with a second level upstairs for storage and it is still not big enough. I don't use it as an electronics shop but as a general hobby shop for woodworking or general tinkering and it is still not big enough.
     
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  7. Sonar

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    Looks like I'm going home. LOL 73's
     
  8. TheRealPorkchop

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    I agree with Kilowatt, if I could go back and do it again, I'd go bigger. I got this as a fish room though cause my aquarium thing and it just ended up being a radio shop. I'd definitely go bigger, bigger is better, it's easier to say you have too much room than not have enough and try to make it bigger. Plus the payments or original cost won't be much different...

    I had a hell of a time in here with moisture too with 18+ tanks running. A dehumidifier is a must and I just lost interest in trying to keep up with all those tanks, a lot of work. So I'm in a transitional period, between finishing moving tanks out and getting rid of some other stuff that just doesn't fit in.
     
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    just like a garage build it 3 ft wider n 5 ft longer than you want.you wont be sorry
     
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  10. Shadetree Mechanic

    Shadetree Mechanic 808 On The North Side of Dover

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    Just digging up some old threads of mine so they will be in one place. Here is the Hammerlund HQ-180 that belonged to my grandfather. He went silent key back in the early 70s and I have fond memories of when we would visit them. The Hammerlund had been sitting in my parents basement for decades so it was time to give it a proper home.

    Here is the thread of the power up:
    https://www.worldwidedx.com/threads/my-grandfathers-hammarlund-hq-180-power-up.222618/#post-608698

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    Shadetree Mechanic 808 On The North Side of Dover

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    I bought the Robyn 240D a while back and realized that there was no place to put it. I ended up setting it on the filing cabinet in the corner because I don't like stacking radios and I am sure that my grandfather would be disappointed about the Madison sitting on his Hammerlund. Now finally the Robyn will get the home it deserves in the station. Stop by and check it out.

    https://www.worldwidedx.com/threads/my-little-shack-new-shelf.238004/


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