[amsat-bb] Re: Ham Shacks ?

Edward Cole kl7uw at acsalaska.net
Wed Feb 13 21:31:38 PST 2008

When I setup my shack in our new home (one of the spare bedrooms), I 
built new shelves from 3/4-inch plywood to provide enough 
support.  The radios are on a two level shelf while the computers on 
single level 6-foot long shelf about 8-inches high.  I currently have 
three towers side by side and that is causing a little sag (one of 
the computers is headed for recycle after I pull the HD and install 
it in the other old tower (P3-1GHz).  The two remaining towers sit 
either side of a riser support which takes the load.

In the old house I used pressboard shelving boards and they did a real "wow"!

The old CRT is gone and a 20-inch LCD display replaces it (shared by 
the two computers using a keyboard/mouse/monitor switch).
Having a nice layout makes operating easier.


At 04:03 PM 2/13/2008, Dave Guimont wrote:

> >The pressboard that most of the less expensive computer "desks/cabinets" use
> >will not even hold a monitor on a shelf without warping...I use a computer
> >desk for some of my ham stuff and the larger lowband transceivers can't go
> >in the middle of the unsupported top shelf without creating a tendency for
> >it to bow downward.
> >
> >If you have real wood...go for it!
>Exactly, Roger, I built my shelves from 3/4 plywood over 20 years
>ago, sitting on a 4 X 8 cut out sheet of marine ply, sitting on a
>fabricated light weight angle iron steel frame, and it would take
>more than any computer or ham radio gear to bow it!!
>And I've used computers sitting alongside the gear for over twenty
>years, and have had little interference except for the first two
>years or so of computers.
>But I also use the best co-ax available, carefully installed premium
>N connectors on everything, and I don't "bundle" the coax to the
>outside...I use separate holes for every cable, 3/4 and 1 1/2 PVC,
>angled to keep out the rain, and plugged with rags, even tho San
>Diego is pretty temperate year around...
>Colder climes may wish to use foam insulation....
>But I guess HT users wouldn't have to bother like that!!
>             73, Dave, WB6LLO
>                 dguimon1 at san.rr.com
>                     Disagree: I learn....
>                Pulling for P3E...
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