Ponderings on the K9ZW Shack

My ham shack has been in transition for the last year, with an end goal of acheiving specific goals of:

  • Being Able to Hear Other Stations Much Better
  • Being Able to be Selective About What I do Hear
  • Being Able to Work those Stations I Hear
  • Expanding the Bands I can Work
  • Allowing QRO (Amplifier) Operations Safely
  • Moving the Vertical Antenna, the XYL’s (Wife’s) #1 Goal in My Station’s Upgrades
  • Reducing Actual or Potential RFI
  • Having Fun doing the Upgrades
  • I’ll try expanding on each of the goals, what worked, what didn’t, and what might be planned for further upgrades.

    At the start of the project the then KB9GPN Shack consisted of:

  • A Dell Desktop Running Windows XP Home
  • A Ten-Tec Pegasus with Internal Autotuner for HF
  • A Yaesu FT-90R 2m & 440 transceiver
  • A GAP Titan DX Vertical badly located (long story – future post)
  • A Homebrew Dipole from the ARRL Antenna Building Class
  • A Homebrew 2m Welding-rod Antenna made for the same class
  • Software being run was:

  • N4PY’s Pegasus Control Software
  • MixW Digital & Logging Program
  • N4PY’s Spotter Program
  • Buckmaster Hamcall Database
  • Operations were pretty much limited to 20m, 17m, some 30m, and 2m, mostly due to antenna limitations and RFI issues with the GAP reacting to copperwork gutters, steel members in the house framing I wasn’t aware of, and RFI into the household systems at more than QRP levels of power.

    This made digital up to 30 watts the station’s limits.

    It did work well enough to place second in one small national digital contest, earn a WAS award, PODXS awards and enough countries for a DXCC if I had only known more about getting confirming QSL’s

    I’ll explore in further posts my ideas, choices and results in improving the shack.



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