N1GY- The simple Approach to Ham Radio
The new mic selector under the IC-706MkIIG. Eventually this stack will be more of a rack mount but will turn on a pivot to provide access to the rear of the radios.
The Radio Room
I have replaced the older photo of the radio room operating position as I realized that it was very dated and the recent replacement of my old Kodak 3 in 1 printer with a new Canon unit caused a major redesign of the left hand side of the operating position. I have moved the printer down to the desk top and installed a shelf above it to carry the old music stand that I use for storing printer paper, card stock and various other supplies. Although they are hard to see in this photo, I have also rebuilt the headset adapters for my IC-706MkIIG and my FT-7800R into much smaller enclosures. Besides making them look much more modern, they are also easier to hold in the hand while running a net. I also added a mute switch in a similar enclosure so I can mute the scanner in the radio stack while I am talking on one of the transceivers. Another major change is the addition of a 1.25 meter radio, a Jetstream JT-222M. With two 220 repeaters now on the air locally it seemed like a good choice.
The workbench side has not changed a lot. The big project there was using a labeler machine to rename all of those little boxes containing small parts. The TV in that photo was replaced a couple of years ago with a HD unit a bit larger, thanks to my son, Steve, KC1AJC.
The oscilloscope to the right of the workbench has been joined on the cart by a very nice lab grade frequency counter thanks to a fellow ham.
Another change from last year is the presence of a new desk-top computer. Much faster and with a ton more memory than the old laptop. By the Way, the old laptop running Windows 7 has not really been retired. I use it for traveling and events.
The photo to the right shows the one addition to the operating position since the lead photo was taken. I built and added an "ON AIR" sign. It is illuminated and wired so that when I turn the radios on, the sign lights up and goes off when I turn the radios off.
The previous op position. Notice the longer mic selector under the IC-706MkIIG
Here is a close up of the ON AIR sign. I used the shell of a long dead computer "Brick" power supply and cut a rectangular hole in the top, which is now the front. A piece of clear plastic was glued into the opening and then a printed "ON AIR with a red background was glued behind the clear. Three "grain of wheat" bulbs were hot glued to the back half of the shell and ABS plastic plugs filled the holes in both ends of the shell. It was wired into the power feed for the radios so it turns on when the radios do. A small metal bracket holds it to the shelf above and behind the sign. Just a little project for a quiet afternoon.
This is another close-up this time of the small containers I use to store small parts and assorted components. They used to hold baby food but they make perfect containers for resistors, capacitors, small switches, etc.
Here is a close-up of the cart with the scope on top and the frequency counter beneath. The bottom shelf is reserved for spare coax and ladder line..