Category: Shack

Call Sign Placque Now Available at Oak Originals!

The gift I received months ago from my two great nieces--Addison & Caroline--proudly hangs in my office/ham shack over the roll-top desk and mantel clock I inherited from my namesake Grandfather. It was designed and made by their Mom, our niece, Amy Houston Hunt, as part of her custom design art business in nearby Flowood, MS. Due to the great feedback I’ve received from blog readers, Amy […]

Grounding… a heated floor in Mississippi?

Being on the 2nd floor, I was especially concerned about an RF ground. I read and re-read a lot of the current websites on RF grounds, saw folks call one another names, and figured I was going to be out of luck! To make it worse, the builder and electrical contractor had placed my electric service panel where the local code required it: nearest point of entry to the extant buried […]

Shack layout

With the decision to put my office and shack on the second floor, we worked with the house plan designer on «what» it was I needed. Not having done this before, I’m sure that I would do it differently if there were a second time. But, here’s what happened. The layout on the left shows a 17×13 office space, adjacent to a closet and bath. The U-shaped closet has a door and […]

First Shack

Here is my very cramped first ham radio «shack»: a very small corner of our den. This built-in computer desk houses a Dell PC with a 30″ monitor, a JRC NRD-545 DSP receiver, FT-8900R VHF/UHF transceiver, Icom IC-706 HF/VHF transceiver, and LDG IT-100 autotuner. Underneath are a Perseus SDR, Diamond power supply, back-up hard disk, a Drobo 4TB NAS, a 2nd PC running Linux switched to the monitor […]

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