The shack

I finally took a picture of the “operating position” in my tiny shack.  It’s an 8′ x 10′ room so there’s not much room in it.

The 706MKII is sitting on a shelf to the left in this picture.  Seen are my Kenwood TS-430S, Yaesu FT-450D, Yaesu FTM-3100 2m radio, and my MFJ-969 Deluxe Versa Tuner II antenna matcher.  The computer is running Slackware 64 Linux with Xfce.  The certificates above the shelf are my Feld Hell Club and American Legion Amateur Radio Club membership certificates.

It’s a small modest setup but it works for me.  I like to use the TS-430S for SSB and the FT-450D for digital.


About Sean

I'm Sean KD5COL. I'm an active amateur radio operator and hold my Extra class license. I am an ARRL-accredited VE. 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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2 Responses to The shack

  1. Looks good Sean!

    Glad to see you’re sticking with Slackware. Old reliable, and with the slackbuilds archives it still has everything I’d ever need.

    I just got a FT-450D too! Nice little radio. Been tinkering with antennas and stuff myself but I’m not in an optimal spot with a big metal roof and no trees. I’ll figure something out.. or go play in the park. Perhaps throw a wire up in the tree at my mom’s house. I’m sure she’d like that 🙂

    Take care and 73’s
    Alex – K8DCC (fusion!)

    • Sean Sean says:

      Hi Alex, long time no talk! Oh yeah, I do what I need to do just fine with Slack. I’ve also three RPis running Slack/ARM too (the SARPI project). I see you’ve got your license. Congrats! 🙂 I love my 450D. I’m still learning all the ins and outs of the radio but flrig works very nicely with it. As for your antenna situation, I’d highly recommend ARRL’s “Small Antennas for Small Spaces” book. That book has a lot of great ideas for antennas! If you have a good tuner, make yourself a simple G5RV Junior if you can and hang it at your mom’s place. 😀

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