W1GLV Shack

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Bob G W1GLV

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EA4GLI - 8P9EH - Salvador

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Looking nice!!!
What about placing the Maestro just behind of the keyboard... there seems to be  space there....
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Bob G W1GLV

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Sal, when contesting the Maestro is behind the keyboard.
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Rob N4GA

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Nicely done!

N4GA
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KY6LA - Howard, Elmer

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Far too clean
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Chris DL5NAM

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"Everybody can handle order, but only a genius can master chaos"
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km9r.mike

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lol
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Bob G W1GLV

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Sorry about that Howard.
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KY6LA - Howard, Elmer

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Mine is busy chaos.
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Walt - KZ1F

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There was a better picture Howard showed of his homemade shelves a year of or ago. Yes,they are very impressive.
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KY6LA - Howard, Elmer

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My ham Shack is in a constant state of flux as I continually add and remove equipment that I use as my interests and desires evolve.  So a conventional fixed in place equipment desk just does not work for me.  One of the issues I run into is that different equipment has different sizes and shapes so replacing one for another requires the ability to change the heights of the different shelves. 

 

Further since everything has power and antenna cables it is best to leave the frame open so that cables can easily be routed where they need to go. At the same time, it is important to be able to pass the XYL neatness test so I found that routing cables down the support posts kept things neat

 

THE STACKS

 

The construction of the stacks is incredibly simple.  All materials came from Home Depot.   All metal parts are 1/2" stainless steel.  A bit more expensive but they continue to look good for years. 

 

A stack consists of 4 only 1/2" threaded stainless steel rods. I used 2' and 3' rods depending on the stack.  The shelves are 12" wide shelving.  You choose the color. You can also buy colored iron-on strips to hide saw cuts. 

 

I cut the shelves into 12"x12'' pieces. (Home Depot will cut them for you).   I then clamped 6 pieces (6 Stack) together and drilled a 9/16" hole in each of the 4 corners.  Clamping is necessary to make sure all the holes line up. 

 

I used 1/2" stainless steel nuts and washers to set the different heights.  Frankly the hardest part of the construction is the spinning of the nuts to right heights.   I got one of my grandkids to do it.   

 

The advantage of the design is that it is very easy to adjust heights of the shelves.   It is very easy to adjust the height to level each  shelf   For feet I used stick on felt pads onto washers which in turn I crazy glued to a nut.  For tops I used plastic caps. Also from Home Depot.  On top of being flexible, It turns out to be a very strong and stable design 

 

Here is a 2' -6 shelf VHF/UHF Stack



The stack behind the monitor is a 3' high 2 shelf stack X 24" that holds all the different speakers for the various radios. 




This is a 2' -4shelf X 1' stack for rotor:controls, SteppIR controls and 4 wattmeters.



Overview... Never as clean as when this was taken



Under view

Battery power, power supplies and linear amplifiers 

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Gene - K3GC

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The world seems to be composer of visible cables and no-visible cables.  Guess where I fit.  The boss is behind the middle monitor. :)

It doesn't seem to matter what I do the image persists in being upside down.
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Gene - K3GC

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The cat did it  - VBG
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Gene - K3GC

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Try one more time to get the image up rite. There, finally
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EA4GLI - 8P9EH - Salvador

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I really like the 3 monitor setup! My next purchase is a 50inch 4k.... ;)
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I sprang for two 42in 4K units and it is too much screen for the seat-to-screen distance. 

With the very large screens I though any moment I would see info come up on flight Arrivals and Departures!!

My error.  More is not always better than the right amount.

Switching back to the two 22 inch flanking just one 42in 4K and duplicating the setup at the Island with the two 20 inch I first had flanking the other 42in 4K.

73

Steve K9ZW

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Rick Hadley - W0FG

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I also went the 3 monitor route, shown here in normal CW configuration.  The right hand 19" is alternatively used with DM780 for RTTY.  Left monitor is dedicated to HRD Logbook.  There's a Toshiba laptop out of view to the right that is my web-browsing/e-mail computer.