New QTH has space but also has its challenges.
The site is seventeen acres, though largely wooded making antenna placement difficult. With the leaves down I am spending much time outside evaluating potential antenna and tower locations.
The property has extensive groomed trails where the previous owner loved to ride his grandchildren about on his golf cart.
Here is are some typical scenes – meandering small streams and trails with mature woods that need some catch-up attention:
I’ve decided to locate my radio room in an outbuilding. Originally a pole-building a 14 ft x 30 ft shop had been basically built inside the pole building. In the next picture anything with a yellow highlight is what I am adding, as I am moving the “Rough Workshop” to newly constructed 18 ft x 22 ft work space, and adding a new 12 ft x 10 ft closet & toilet for the original work space, now radio room.
I did a sketch for the XYL (and no we don’t have a mini van or mini cooper or tiny tractors, but that was what was available in the modeling software):
Here is a quick shot of the 14 x 30 radio room at the start of remodeling:
And here is an early shot of the partition wall for the new Rough Work Shop:
On the plus side the new radio room has both 120v and 240v power, natural gas heat, air conditioned, seasonal water, phone and internet. It is about 200 ft from the main house.
On the downside the insurance company made me remove the woodburner when I bought the property, the water is seasonal which means the pipes will freeze if not blown out for winter, and the only way to put a toilet in was to install a combustion toilet.
I’m working on a layout of the inside, as I would prefer to leave doors and windows as they are if possible.
I’m expecting to also use the Radio Room for some of my other hobbies. Expect there will be some instrument repairs, electronic kit building, and possibly some general tinkering in its future.
Because I need ready access to water and drainage, and more controlled temperatures, my Kombucha Brewing will end up in the main house. Finished bottles along with brewskis will of course be a staple offering in the new Radio Room.
Also in the main house will a remote operating station in my office – though as the two buildings are on the same LAN it isn’t really all that remote is it?
The big challenge is figuring out antenna and tower locations. The most open spots would be in conflict with aesthetics and utility. The largest open space had been an orchard which I had help plant 40 years ago, and will be replanted. I’ve picked out two areas where I could thin the woods enough to create the space needed, and not be too far from the radio room.
Thought you might like to see what is happening.