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Oh well, as others are doing it, so will I.

This is my corner of the kitchen, not posed or cleaned up - this is as I use it. The only thing missing is the almost obligatory empty coffee cup.
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No, it's there! Far right!

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For those interested, the equipment and bits are as follows:
Far left is a Yaesu FRG7, for quite some time my sole tool for HF listening. On top of that are a couple of York CB units, not connected at the moment as I'm changing cars.

In fromt of this is what was once a "CB Matchbox", with different insides. Still for 27MHz, just a lot better than original. On top of that is a pair of pliers. (They have to be kept somewhere...) The dark lump in front of the FRG7 beside the matchbox is a hand mic wired for the Kenwood TS 430S which is the next radio to the right.

Also in front of the Kenwood there is a Ham Master 4200 base mic with the guts in the base taken out, which is generally used wth the Kenwood. The original bar and switch have long since been removed and the mic is now powered from the 8 volt supply from the mic socket. To switch the mic I use a seperate switch which is the black lump to the right of the base mic. On top of the Kenwood to the right can be seen an external speaker. Surprisingly good despite the size, as its response seems to centre around the voice frequencies helping readability.

Moving on, in the corner you can see a power supply, originally a CTE RG1200, but again in true fiddle-adict stylee the only remaining original components are the transformer and the volt & amp meters. The rest has been completely rebuilt on a new PCB because I didn't like the original design which I considered a bit flakey. It now sports massive electrolytics and a high current bridge rectifier on a decent heatsink. It can now supply about 17 amps before ripple becomes apparent on the supply. The supply is not currently being used.

On top of the supply is my trusty SWR meter - 30 years old and counting...

Moving right a bit more can be seen my oil-filled dummy load in a treakle tin, then some orange things. These are 6 14Ah gel batteries which once powered my Robot Wars robot, but 4 of which (paralelled) now supply the power for my Kenwood. On top of the batteries can be seen a coaxial choke balun wound on a bottle in the feed line for my 11 metre antenna as RF on the co-ax and feedback was a bit of a problem - this made a vast inprovement.

Fairly obvious is the station computer - a crappy laptop running puppy linux from a flash card via an IDE adaptor, so no HDD in this one!

Behind the laptop is a 4 channel battery charger I made to charge the gel batteries. Using 4 separate circuits based around the L200 IC, it offers regulated voltage (Currently set to 13.8 but this varies depending on what I feel is right.) and current limiting, selectable between half, one or two amps. I wound the transformer for this one myself, so does that qualify me as a true tinkerer? It also has a relay to isolate the batteries if the power is removed.

What else is there?
The power supply for the laptop is visible in front of the dummy load, the PSU for my mobile phone is to the right of that and is identifiable by the green tape wrapped around it.

Finally, to the left of the laptop supply and in front of the dummy load is a morse key, wired for use and ready to go. (Yes, I do know a bit of Morse, currently up to about 5 WPM.)

I think I've covered all relevant items, but feel free to ask questions! emoticon

I may try to get a picture of my antenna - that really will make you laugh!



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Bloody hell

Great shack, my missus would have twins if I had that lot in the kitchen emoticon

great stuff emoticon

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You saw the stuff I had on the kitchen sink a few months ago, didn't you? emoticon

I'm lucky that she seems quite understanding - perhaps this is because she has always known of my radio interest and maybe because she used to be a CB user herself.

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Excellent stuff Andy, it has definitely expanded since the last photo! Is there anything in the shack you have not opened?!!
Good stuff, do you have a chair there are do you stand at the set up? Of course a good benifit of being in the kitchen is that the coffee is never too far away!

Anyway it will be nice to see the updated antenna photo.

Catch you on soon Andy. emoticon

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Patrick, everything has been opened. The Kenwood was opened the day I got it. emoticon

There is a chair there just out of the photo, but it's a bit hard - I must find a suitable cushion because it gets a bit uncomfortable after a bit. Regarding the bit of wet string, yes I'll try to get a photo of it, or at least a diagram.

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Top the shack for the amusement in dx.

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Merci Pascal!

But the room is warm, and I can stay near the family. Maybe that is not good??! emoticon

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god i miss alot of posts just lately......

at least its a shack, i'm mobile-less and shackless at the mo emoticon

looks very comfy, my missis wouldnt let me take over the kitchen(i dont think).

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quote:

topbuzzuk wrote:

 my missis wouldnt let me take over the kitchen(i dont think).




i know mine would not have to fight for the space i have now in the bedroom



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