Radio gear is like rabbits – when you are not looking they somehow seem to breed producing more (and more!).
Doing some sketching trying to work in a multi-station format into too small of a space and budget.
Minimally I would like to be able to switch easily between my present main Transceiver (Flex-5000A), the future Flex-6000 (which with its features is a bit trickier to configure into a multi-station configuration) and a “Guest Transceiver” position which will either be filled with vintage gear (the Swan/Dentron station or the Collins S-line Station) or a modern transceiver.
The plan is to use Julius W2IHY’s 3×1/1×4 Switchgear Combo as my solution.
http://www.w2ihy.com/one-3-x-1-controller-two-1-x-4-switches.html is the configuration I will start with.
Looking over Julius W2IHY’s new switch gear at Dayton it is obviously as rock solid as his audio products. It is easy to admire the build and technical quality, as well as his W2IHY Dayton team. Great product, great specifications and great people – quite a combination.
Julius was able to fix me up with 90% of what I wanted at the show, and within days of Dayton had dispatched the 3×1 Switch with Rack Mount Ears and a Cable needed to round out my configuration.
The attention to detail in his gear is impressive. Much of the gear has two relay banks to select from – a high power relay for QRO use (I think I heard 5KW rated) and a high-speed reed relay for QSK & Digital use. The end user can select between with internal jumpers.
Even the 1×4 boxes come in more than one pre-configuration depending on whether the desired state when a port is not selected is Grounded or Open. My design needed one of each. Again I understand I could have opened a box a reconfigured, but Julius has it covered from the get-go.
Julius was even so kind as to do a marked up custom Configuration Sheet for my shack – see: W2IHY Switch Gear Config for K9ZW pdf data sheet. Have a look and let me know what you think!
On the Audio side I will be using Julius W2IHY’s 8-Band Equalizer/Noise-Gate, EQPlus Compressor/Downward-Expander and IPlus Audio Switch.
It may be a couple weeks until I have all the gear in place, and I’ll have a user’s setup report then.