My New "All Flex" HF station....

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Here is a picture of my newly reorganized operation position.
Flex-6500. Flex-1500, Lapai LP-808 Audio Amp, ALinco DM-330MV Power Supply, Behringer Xenix Q802USB Mixer driving both flex rigs simultaneously, IC-275A 2 Meter All mode, IC-T90A HT, Charger for Baofeng UV5RA,
Flex Control Knob.
2 Samsung TV/1080P Monitors 22" & 23" on adjustable Dual Monitor stand.
Ameritron RCS-4 Remote Antenna Switch
Heil PR22UT on boom.
Sony MDR-7506 Headphones
Above Desk... Dayton Audio Bookshelf speakers on wall, driven by Lepai amp.
Atomic Digital Clock.

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Ken - NM9P, Elmer

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Don - kx9q

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very nice but where is the amp to punch holes in the ether?
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Ross - K9COX

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Reminds me of a dental chair
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Walt - KZ1F

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I was thinking about getting a Aeron Miller chair but they want about $1,000 for it. I think that is what they use on the set of Suits. I retired before I could convince my wife I needed it.
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May I recommend that you have a bad back so you cannot go shopping or do chores etc as you have to sit on a crummy chair in the shack. She *will* give in if you do not do so first.
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@Guy

That excuse only works for you...
What do I use as an excuse when XYL has the bad back
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DrTeeth

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You can have one too! Loving is sharing ;-).
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Robbie - KI4TTZ

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Nice setup!
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Bill -VA3WTB

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LOL Ken, I gota show my wife this....
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Bill -VA3WTB

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LOL Ken, I gota show my wife this....
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Bill-W9OL

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That's not a hamshack, it's way too neat.....
Mine was messier than that when I had a Eico 720 and Drake 2C.
You really got to create some more 'stacks' of 'stuff' piled up....
and where are the stack of coffee cups you forgot to take to the kitchen?
not even a single half eaten donut....
:-)
Nice pic. Have fun.
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I didn't show the junk behind me on the other side of the room! But I am not done yet... Third monitor on the way, as well as rotator control box, Bose Companion II speakers to replace the Lepai and Dayton's, and a VHF/UHF FM rig. I may need to add a short hutch, or shelves attached to the wall before I move the desk against the wall. It is a constantly evolving project!
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Remember when Novices would load the 720 to 90 watts and hope no one would know!
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Ken - NM9P, Elmer

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Who would have known the difference between 75 and 90 watts input with the crummy antennas we ran as novices? It would have been .8 dB gain over 90 Watts. You would gain more than that by upgrading from RG58 to RG-213 coax!
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Bill -VA3WTB

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My wife likes Kens shack, but lets see how it looks in a little while...
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My most recent version of my all Flex Station which I run remotely from all over the world via iPad.

Flex 6700 with FlexControl
K6TU iPad Flex Control App
SPE 2K-FA under desk
SteppIR MonstIR antenna @85'
Digital rotor controller
3 - 27" Monitors with i7 CPU with 5 Serial Ports
50MB/s -5Mb/s Internet connection, CISCO Managed Switches
Lots of. Speakers
lots of VHF/UHF radios
Station totally DC battery Powered with Linear AC/DC power
RadioSport Headset
Lots of Digital and Analog SWR meters

Everything is remotely controllable



VHF/UHF Stack



Rotor, SteppIR , SWR Meter Stack



Desktop, monitor, Speaker Stack

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Walt Corey and others
             Howard's power setup and other good stuff is in the How to build a quiet station 
https://community.flexradio.com/flexradio/topics/how-to-build-a-quiet-station

Good reading 

Dan --- KC4GO
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Thanks Dan...that's great! I downloaded that as a pptx. Some of it made sense, some didn't. I will start another thread for this but I have questions about noise.
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@Walt

Here is a image of how to hook up a PowerGate so that your station basically runs from DC Power

At least on receive or if you have very large batteries (I have 200AH) then you will be on DC most of the time... On transmit, you will start to run down the battery and the Powergate will allow the Powersupply to charge the batteries..

The Powergate has built in Hysteresis so that even though the Supply Voltage is higher than the battery, it does not cut in right away...

 
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Just now saw your post!  Very impressive and is fruit for much consideration at my own station.  Thanks very much!  See it was posted about 3 years ago - I hope it is still working well for you!  73.
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The Shack is considerably messier now!

I have since sold the 1500, since software updates for the 6500 made it unnecessary.  I haven't gotten around to building the "stacks" like Howard has.  Someday I will.  I had hoped by now to have built a new corner desk based upon plans I drew up using a single piece of 4 x 8 plywood and supporting 2x2 & 2x4 wood.  But I haven't had time to play with that......

I have added my tower and Tennadyne T-11 Log Periodic at 38 ft. and have hung an 80 Meter OCF dipole and 160 Meter Inverted 'L' from the tower.  So the shack desk has another antenna switch and rotor control box on it.  The 2 Meter station has temporarily been removed from the desk, pending another reorganization.  Just as the Flex radio, my shack is constantly being revised and updated with new features....

What hasn't changed, only expanded, is the fun I am having being on the cutting edge of Amateur radio technology.
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I built the stacks from readily available parts at hardware aisle in Home Depot

The wood was 12" shelves that I cut into 12" x 12" squares  -
Clamp the stacks together to drill the  four 9/16" holes

The rods are 1/2" threaded Stainless Steel Rods  - I used 24" and 36" lengths

Nuts are washers are 1/2" Stainless so everything is totally adjustable and easy to level each shelf individually - Adjustable is important because equipment configurations always change..

1/2" plastic caps at the top

For feet I used glue on felt onto a nut and screwed it on the base.. makes a great leveler too..

The weight of the equipment and the cabling (which is tied down) precluded the need to bolt it to the desk - it has even survived earthquakes...
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Really slick! I will be reproducing this design. I like its versatility and stability. I have been working on a design for a corner desktop using a single piece of 4x8 plywood with a few cuts that will create a corner with 8 ft x 2 ft. Wings one way and 6 ft. X 2 ft. on the other, and a nice operating post in the middle, facing the corner. I am not much of a carpenter, but I may be able to pull it off.

The plan is for three monitors of about 22-24 inches and a comfortable operating position with everything within easy reach when contesting. Your stacks will help. And I don't think they would be very expensive, which is good.

It looks like you have movable shelves on casters underneath to facilitate easy access to stuff under the desk. Also a good idea. I am planning to use some simple but strong legs and use similar file cabinets and/or drawer cabinets and shelves underneath.

I will not be retiring in his house, so everything needs to be movable when the time comes, hopefully in 8-10 years. But I only want to design and build it once. Then I can move it in pieces and reassemble.

Thanks for the inspiration.

Ken - NM9P
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Howard, that is really ingenious, yet brilliant in its simplicity. I should do something like that here. My shack, viewable from my QRZ page, has the radio, KPA, and KAT on the right wing. As I am left handed my keyer is in front of the left most display, the phone in front of my keyboard ensuring I don't over modulate. If I could get that TV out of the way I'd have more room for stuff. Ken, dump the RC-4, it's junk. I am awed by how much better my reception is without it and no noise when the antenna turns, back when the antenna turned. Now I have two runs of RG-213.
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@Walt

TV on desk?   TV's belong on the wall....


Here is a shot of the other side of my ham shack...where I do most of my writing and other work besides ham radio

Some day when I actually clean up my office/shack (Don't tell my XYL that my office can actually be cleaned up)   I will do a full pictorial of the layout....  But right now...too much test equipment, parts and stacks of paper on the desks to make sense of it...

Of course, with multiple computers and lots of 27" monitors, virtually total automation of everything,  I can work my 6700 from a number of different positions around the room...but for serious stuff like contesting, it's better to use the 3 monitor workstation that I dedicated to the 6700 on the other side of the room.

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big screens .. available now ... they are just stacked using video cards and multiple monitors .. .I've built video walls for clients already ... you can buy frameless monitors too :) Now .. this is the way I'd love to see things go .... https://www.microsoft.com/microsoft-h...

I am building a new house and already thinking how I can technology enable my new shack via IP :)
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Glad to be of assistance... I found that leveling and more important the ability to change the spacing on the shelve worth the time and effort to built it.. Plus its really simple... the most time consuming part of the shelves is spinning the nuts up the rods.

Yes everything is on Caster and moveable.. even my amp sits on a wooden box with casters under my desk...makes life much easier to change things around.

My station design was for maximum flexibility to add and remove equipment without looking cluttered..

I did cheat on the Desks...Went to Ikea and pieced together the desk from components..  I have about 30 linear feet of desk space shaped in a big U... the Pictures are from only the radio side of the desk
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Ken great set up but one question, why the sdr boxes on the desk taking up valuable space. The great thing about sdr is you do not need desk space taken up with boxes, since we have no knobs ther is no need for them to set arround. I ran my powersdr with dedicated power switches and set up in a closed hutch. The 6500 is even better since you have remote on off and with release of 1.4 you will operate off the lan. I love to send those who bash sdr radios picture of three monitors keyboard, mouse, two flex knobs and point to my solid state legal limit sdr station all tucked away along with legal limit tuner. They brag about their custom made covers on their high end radios and I just point out mine is on a shelf in a enclosed venal acted hutch. I love it. I will post some pictures today.

Can't wait till someone comes out with uhf/VHF all mode sdr then the station will be complete.
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1.4 will operate off the LAN BUT....(there is always a butt) I think most people will still want a really good microphone and really good headset, not a Mr Spock (RIP Lennie) ear piece. So that, I believe answers why is it in close proximity to the main operating position. For instance, my ARRL Centennial Keyer came with a 3' cord. I had to change that to a 6' cord and, at that, I would have liked it longer. There is no where on an iPhone to plug a keyer in, or a good headset, or a good mic.

I realize this is a comment on someone else's thread but speaking of 1.4...What do people perceive they are going to use as a remote? I really believe the notion of operating from the BBQ pit will prove problematic. There is 'one can' and then there is 'one wants to'. But, hold that thought, I am close to unveiling a kick-butt solution, well, if you like Android.
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Sounds like something fun heading our way!! Make it work on a cheap $49.00 , 7"  tablet from Best Buy and you'll be almost rich in no time!
james
WD5GWY
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Marketing folks misuse the word "investment" just as they misuse the word "save".  For example, when they tell you to come in and save, they're knowing that you'll come in and spend.  The only way you save is to not buy anything.

If that four-color full-page add said "Come in and add to your debt", you would likely stay home.
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I like the ad from a local department store, "underwear half off."
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James, when the time is right I will announce on here...stay tuned. I've had a few peaks, I've had a few valleys. Right now it's back to being awesome. I can't wait to do the YouTube vids...which someone will have to explain to me how that is done. What is Nixie's email addr?
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Ken, nice setup. Where's the amp?
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Haven't picked out an amp yet. First things first.... Got to get my tower and T-11 LP up.
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Ken, I have a M-squared ruggedized version of the T7LP. I wish I could support a T-11. I got an Elecraft KPA-500 and love it. It's not a Promethius or Alpha or SPE 2kfa, but it also isn't $11,000. Now that my rotor doesn't it is extremely helpful for anything not in the south pacific. It doesn't hurt for those SP stations either. Not entirely deliberately but I've had it up to 700w. Likely shouldn't press my luck, the difference between 500 and 700 likely isn't terribly noticeable.
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Ken, you dare tidy up those wires I can see on the floor. The moment something is too tidy, the XYL will know you can do it and that's it. That is why I am not too tidy. No need to make rods for my own back, LOL.
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Here is my station. 6700 and 6300 are on rack shelves in the rack below the counter top. Furniture is old Harris Broadcast stuff. The mic is a Neumann TLM-103 feeding a Wheatstone Vorsis M1 DSP mix processor. Amplifier is a Henry 8K Ultra. Computer Monitors are Asus 27" 1440P. Also in the rack are two Dell 990 computers.

73 de na6m



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Now that is a Man's amplifier
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My wife, N5BW says it is hers too.
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I was wondering what I'd do if I had 2 Signature rigs.
Thanks Mark (now I know I'd rack mount em) errr Stack em.
The Wheatstone Vorsis M1 answered another question.
Question now is. How much is an M1 and how soon can it get here?
Same exact question I had when I fist saw the FLEX6500.
Wow! durned internet just keeps spending my money.
Answered my questions and decided I could just dream about the Vorsis a little longer. You have my envy, Mark 

73, Jay - NO5J
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Ken, would you elaborate on using the 1500 and 6500 simultaneously? Why? Part of why I am asking is I still have my 1500 but not sure why I shouldn't sell it. It might offset my replacement rotor. If I want to go through the effort to do QRP I can always throttle the 6500 back to 10 watts or 5 or 1 or whatever. But you not only are hanging on to your, you integrated it into your all Flex shack.

Walt
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Walt,
I keep the 1500 for five reasons....
1) I use it to monitor my 6500 when I make audio adjustments.  The "Spectrum" display is a great help to balancing my SSB audio profiles.  I have about 4 or 5 for various purposes on SSB with my main mike (Heil PR22UT) and several others for legacy and experimental mikes, including boom headsets, etc.

Nothing beats recording myself on a quality receiver and playing it back on the same speakers I use on my main rig.  Listening to myself via headphones just doesn't cut it.  

2)  I want to be able to use it for another dransverter in event that I someday use two (one on each flex) in order to work Satellites full-duplex.  Or If I want to use a transverter while also working HF.  Since the 6500 doesn't have 2 SCU's this is one way I can receive multiple bands on two different antennas.

3) I want to be able to set it up to run WSJT-x or WSPR on a different antenna as a dedicated outfit, 

4) It is fun to brush it off and run QRP.  Occasionally I will switch in mid conversation with my rag chew bunch and see if anyone notices.  When all they say is that they noticed my signal dropped off in strength, I know I have the audio set just about right!

5) It makes a nice emergency back-up rig.  If something happens to the Big Kahuna, I can just throw the antenna switch and PTT line switch and I'm good to go.

Ken - NM9P
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I was really jonesing to do satellite but sadly didn't catch the P3C birds while they were still operational. I've spoken to Barry Baines at length about the Fox project. I actually made a few big donations to that but, at the end of the day, it'll be an FM repeater whizzing by in LEO. Not terribly exciting. From what Barry was saying they just can't fund and launch another P3C. I think we're stuck with Fox. I let my AMSAT membership lapse so my info is somewhat dated but Fox 1a hasn't even launched yet and ham is not even the primary user for a year. We should discuss that whole subject off line. I'd still love to do them but there is a big stand of trees just to our south. That kind of puts a dent not only in solar panels but EME.
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My "Flex-ible" operating location:-)
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Just ran across this rack that looks like it would hold our ham radio equipment rather nicely:  http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16811353033&nm_mc=BAC-GDR-PC&cm_mmc=BAC-...  Looks like it needs a second floor panel/shelf for the second level though...
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Larry - W8LLL

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My Flex Station.

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Tim - W4TME, Customer Experience Manager

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NICE.  I wish my desk was that de-cluttered
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More than willing to help you Tim....

Simply send all your desk full of Flex stuff and computer stuff to me.
When I get it neat....I'll send it back......
Promise....
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Tim - W4TME, Customer Experience Manager

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The Flex "stuff" is neatly installed on a rolling rack. The stuff on my desk is administrative "junk".  Believe me, you can have it ;-)
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It doesn't stay that way, its freshly cleaned for the picture.