VA2UP The shack
Year 2006 - First attempts SO2R using IC 756 Pro II and IC 756 Pro
This was my N1MM layout. In time I felt a lot more comfortable moving the 2 entry windows at the bottom of the screen to rest my neck.
Pair of 3-500Z from the Amp Supply LK-500zb
Gave up all the spare amps to get a second Alpha 89, great amps
Fall 2010, rebuilding the shack from scratch
Moved the K3 to the left to use low tones. I have lost high freq hearing on my left ear. Also using cordless mouse and keyboard to avoid possible rfi and to walk around with it.
Spring 2012 - Moved the shack and the office to new locals on the 3rd floor of the building. I wanted more light, less dust from the carpet and quiter environment. Got all that but suffering from being now too close to the antennas. Well, can't have it all I guess.
The white dock is hiding all the cables coming from the roof
Sometimes just looking outside the window gives you a break from the contest and can put you back on track
The PAs corner
Pin diode's job on the Alpha 89
ICE band pass filters. They were being switched manually at the time, before getting the 419Bs and the Dunestar 600
Looking for operating improvements, tried using an extra small keyboard to have better access to the radio commands
Fall 2010, the new K3 taking the spot of the 756 Pro. More functional layout in a U shaped configuration. This was a good improvement, also easier to work on the connections behind the desk
Got an Acom 1000 for radio 2 since I never use legal power anyways. Quicker band changes as compared to the Alpha 89 better for S&P.
Notice the shack local on the left. That door is always closed during office hours ha ha! I had it made with walls open 2 feet to the ceiling for better air circulation and light.
These 2 Jones Plugs quick disconnect ALL wires from antennas, switches and rotors (more that 50!) . A bit long to put together and solder but well worth it
So that's it for now dear friends. What will be next?