Hamshack Tour

 

In 2006, after thirty-six years in Ohio, I pulled up stakes, bought thirty-eight acres in Santa Fe, NM, and started building my "dream" hamshack. Today, the job still isn't finished, but I can see the end in sight. So with the caveat that much is likely to change, here's a brief tour.

W8ZR Station

This is my main operating station. Shown on the table are an Elecraft K3 and an Icom IC-7700 transceiver, two homebrew linear amplifiers (an h.f. amplifier using an 8877 triode, and a six meter amplifier using a 3cx800a7). In addition are the homebrew "EZ-Tuner," CMOS keyer, and my newly built "StationPro" station controller, and several pieces of perihperal equipment.

Vintage Station

To the left is one my vintage stations. This one currently has three rigs: a Johnson Ranger II and Viking Desk Kilowatt, which is paired with a Hallicrafters SX-88 receiver; a Collins KWS-1 transmitter and 75A-4 receiver; and a homebrew 40 meter QRP CW transceiver.

 

Here is another vintage radio operating postion. I rotate different equipment onto this operating desk, but at the moment it holds a Collins "S-Line" (32S-3 transmitter & 75S-3C receiver), a Collins KWM-380 transceiver, and a Collins KWM-1 transceiver. These are paired with Collins 30S-1 and 30L-1 linear amplifers. Switching among these various rigs and amplifiers is handled by the StationPro II station controller mounted above the speaker cabinet.
Drake "5-Line" Vintage Station

This is my vintage Drake "5-Line," rig, circa 1980. It consists of a TR-5 transceiver and PS-75 power supply, an RV-75 remote VFO, L-75 linear amplifier, WH-7 wattmeter and MS-7 speaker. The "5-line" was intended as a low-cost alternative to the popular "7-Line," and because not many were sold they are now sought after by collectors.

 

I spend more time at my workbench building, repairing, and restoring equipment than I spend operating it. The test equipment includes an HP spectrum analyzer, Tektronix digital oscilloscope, Marconi and HP signal generators, a Dana-Recal frequency counter, and several power supplies and DMMs. A GPS receiver supplies a precision 10 MHz time base signal to the RF equipment.

workbench

 

small workbench

One can never have enough workbenches or tools. Somehow, the space always gets used up. In the top photo is a small workbench holding a Tektronix 2465B oscilloscope (my all-time favorite analog scope) and an old Harvey-Wells TBS-50D "Bandmaster." The middle picture shows a sandblaster, sheet metal shear and various paints, lubricants and chemicals. On the botoom are drill presses and a belt sander.

sheet metal tools

drill presses

Need a part? I've probably got it somewhere. Now if I could only remember where I put it...

parts storage parts storage
parts storage parts storage

I enjoy collecting and restoring vintage amateur radio equipment. Shown here are some of my vintage radios, all restored and -- for the moment -- working. You can learn more about collecting and restoring "boatanchors" from the Vintage Radio section of the website.

vintage radios

vintage radios
vintage radios
vintage radios
vintage radios


With all the radios come a snarl of cables and connectors. In the top photo is the entrance panel to my station, showing the lightning protectors and a homebrewed antenna selector relay box, using vacuum relays. The bottom two photos show other wiring panels for RF, data, etc.
antenna panel
wiring panel wiring panel

tower at sunset

We'll finish the station tour with a photo of my 4 element SteppIR yagi at sunset. The tower is a 70 ft telescoping Tashjian SkyNeedle. Thanks for visiting!