Some activity on the shack

Yesterday my dad and I completed the last wall on my little 8’x8′ shack.  Now I need to finish insulating the walls in the room and putting up drywall.  I need to go under the shed and insulate the floor under my shack so I’ll stay cool in the summer (I’ll be putting in a window A/C unit soon) and warm in the winter.  I am hunting locally for a few old solid doors that I can turn into a workbench and a desk. It is a small room but once I get it organized and get shelving on the walls, I’ll be able to utilize that room just fine.

I haven’t been on the air much due to my work and having dental surgery recently.  It’s still a little hard for me to talk.  I’ve been listening to a lot of 80 meters at night though and that seems to be the best band at night for me.  Unfortunately I still have a lot of local QRM I am working through.  I’m considering putting up my “hamstick dipole” on the top of a shed on a tripod and a small antenna rotor as a backup system if I keep having a lot of noise on my end-fed wire antenna.

I’m hoping that I will stop working nights by the end of the month after Field Day for a few months (in between production years at my work).  With that I’ll be more active on the air.  I am saving up to get a Yaesu FT-450D.  I love the Kenwood but I’ve realized that I really like that 450D.  My birthday is in late August; perhaps I’ll have the money saved up by then.  Once I clean out (and up!) a rented storage room I have, I’m hoping to find my Azden PCS-5000 2 meter mobile radio and mount it in the shack for permanent 2 meter use.

After all, I have to have something to do in the air conditioning during hot late summer days, right? 🙂


About Sean

I'm Sean KD5COL. I'm an active amateur radio operator and hold my General class license. I enjoy many aspects of amateur radio but my favorite aspects are chasing DX, working special event stations, and building my own wire antennas.
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