[amsat-bb] Re: I'd like your shack ideas
kq6ea at verizon.net
Thu Oct 7 11:16:20 PDT 2010
On 10/07/2010 09:47 AM, David Giles wrote:
> Hello All,
> The light at the end of the tunnel is getting brighter as I complete my
> shack renovations. Soon I will be at the all important stage of
> figuring out the best way to locate radios, computers, logbooks etc.
> This brings to mind a couple of questions.
> 1) Apart from the extra rotator controllers, the computer running a
> tracking program and the pre-dominance of VHF and UHF radios, are there
> any other accessories etc that distinguish a satellite operator from a
> 'normal' operator?
> 2) Given that you really find out how good you are when the PC crashes
> halfway during a QSO and you then have to manually operate two radios
> for Doppler shift and two rotator controllers as well as mic/key, what
> controls do you operate with each hand? Would a footswitch for PTT be
> 3) My planned layout is (from left to right): 19" rack holding various
> bits of equipment that I don't generally need to touch, TS-811 for 70cm,
> K3 for 2m, rotator control box, and computer. Eventually I will build a
> switchbox to use one headset between the two radios and place this
> between them. Though I have a TNC, I rarely do any digital work. Does
> this seem a logical layout for a right handed person? I will have the
> luxury of using a larger desk than before and the layout will be more
> horizontal than vertical.
> Contesters spend some effort on the ergonomics of their station. Any
> advice on how I could get mine right would be appreciated.
> Thanks in advance.
> 73 de David VK5DG (who is looking forward to getting back on the air).
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I've found a boom-mounted mic using a foot switch for PTT frees up some
table space *and* my hands for doing things like logging QSOs and
messing with the computer.
73, Jim KQ6EA
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