House #7 (2019-Present)
As you might expect the shack layout is rarely the same for a long time period. In late 2019 I swapped out the Elecraft K3 for an Icom IC-7610, though don’t worry as the K3 is still my travel radio. I also swapped out the monitors. I was finding the three monitors to be oppressive and too low resolution after I was spoiled by higher resolution ones at work.
You may also notice that my main shack Morse key has changed up. I was lucky enough to acquire an N3ZN ZN-9Z from eBay for a good price and am using it as the main key. I still have the Scheunemann key.
Likewise I kept the Elecraft KPA500 and KAT500 in play and swapped over to a Timewave ANC-4 noise canceller, which is much more effective against my local noise than the MFJ-1026 was. In order to drive the KPA500 and KAT500 auto band switching I also got myself an Array Solutions BandMaster V, which takes C-IV in from the radio and outputs 4-bit BCD and also Kenwood RS232 data. Now the amp and the KAT500 auto switch when I change bands on the IC-7610.
House #8 (2019)
Between April and July 2019 I had a temporary station in the UK at my fiancé’s house. Usually only used when I visit. I have a spare K3, PSU and paddle there as well as a fibreglass travel pole and an Aerial-51 404-UL OCFD antenna.
House #7 (2018-2019)
Already I’ve rebuilt the shack once since I first set it up here at AD5XI.
In late November 2018 when my shipping had arrived in Maryland I set about building the new shack.
Going back to basics was my strategy. Only a single HF radio and amplifier on the desk. The second K3 and KPA500 live in their boxes in a cupboard ready for DXpeditions. The K2 didn’t sell and so I brought that out as a back-up to the back-up!
Out of shot is the more office function parts of the desk and the small workbench.
House #6 (2016-2018)
In late 2016 the joint shack became solely that of M0PCB. There was a period of expansion to fill the void and the shack ended up looking like this:
The main station is still the Elecraft K-Line (K3, KPA500, P3, KAT500). The second station is an Elecraft K2 with KPA500 and KAT500.
For a while I had a Hunter 750 as the second amplifier, but the KPA500 is much smaller and quieter for similar output capability.
House #6 (2011-2016)
There were a few iterations of the theme during this time period.
There is a third to the left around the corner desk, which houses the Yaesu FT-201 and Heathkit HW-101 valve radios. The HW-101 is working on receive, but needs a good clean through and some minor restoration work. The FT-201 is fully working.
House #5 (2009-2011)
During 2009 to 2011 M0PCB was located in rented accommodation and a corner of the living room looked vaguely like this:
At the time I was active on HF (160-10m inc. WARC), 6m FM and SSB/CW, 4m FM and SSB/CW, 2m FM and SSB/CW, 70cm and 23cm FM, 2m Packet and potentially a whole host of other data modes on any of those bands. Data modes I that appear in my log are thus far RTTY (J2B) and PSK31 (J2D).
House #4 (2008)
During my time in the second rental I had a tiny yard and no space in my own room for the shack, so I took over a corner of the living room and was able to get antenna cables in through the window.
House #3 (2007)
Space was at a premium in this house. My room was on the 3rd floor and had a roof window, which allowed my to get cables out to the antennas in the garden.
An Icom IC-7000 was the HF radio and a Yaesu FT-8900 for local VHF and UHF repeaters.
House #2 (2003-2007)
During my University years in York I was active from my student house with an Icom IC-706 and FT-817ND for HF, and a Yaesu FT-90R for VHF/UHF.
Meanwhile back at my parents house I maintained a station for use during vacation time from University.
House #1 (2000-2003)
The spare bedroom became home to my first ever radio shack. Directly above the radios was the hatch to the attic, where the antennas all lived. There was a rapid evolution as more equipment was acquired.