Bad operating position.

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  1. G4SKO

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    Is it just me or is there a trend for vertical operating setups? What I mean is, rigs mounted on the shack bench,one above the other. I've been operating radios in one form or another since the sixties and I know for sure that reaching up to a rig on a shelf is not conducive to prolonged operating or tuning. Maybe I've been doing it wrong all these years but it just seems to be an awkward way of laying things out.

    Everyone has their own way of operating and don't get me wrong, I'm not deriding peoples preferred methods but If I've spend an arm and a leg on gear I want it to be at my fingertips. Okay seldom used rigs or standby RXs or whatever may well be better off away from the main operating position but from some of the station pics I see I do wonder how long it's possible to tune around before arm/back fatigue sets in.

    Just my two cents and maybe I'm just too laid back.
  2. M3KXZ

    M3KXZ Ham Member QRZ Page

    I've thought that as well, and wondered if it's people pining for their days in the Navy or Army?
  3. W7UUU

    W7UUU QRZ Lifetime Member #133 Life Member Platinum Subscriber QRZ Page

    In some cases (mine for example), it's simply SPACE. I just don't have the
    desk real estate to line 'em all up like an old Collins S-Line advert.

  4. KB1NXE

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    I go vertical, but with those devices I don't use a lot (like Rotator Controller, Power Supplies, Dummy Loads, etc). My rigs are on risers to elevate them 4" (10CM) above the desk and I place useful items down there like keys. The elevation is for ergonomics as I am tall (6'3") and it helps the viewing angle. Space is likely the biggest reason.
  5. KT1F

    KT1F Ham Member QRZ Page

    This has been a long and bitter debate throughout the ages.

    In some clubs, the horizontal and vertical people won't even talk to each other.

    I can tell a vertical guy just by looking at him. There's always something not quite right about them.
  6. KB2FCV

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    I suppose some folks simply don't have the space to do more. As for me I like space (see my qrz bio). My day-to-day rig is at desk level for comfort and I have plenty of space for a key, log book, rig, computer, etc. I used to have my rig up on the higher shelves pictured but I found for day to day stuff it got tiring to have it up there. I do place older rigs or receivers that I don't use as often up there (my desk wraps around) which once I adjust them they sit. I tend to operate CW a lot and I've seen a few setups that the key is right at the edge of one of these vertical setups with nothing to support your arm as you operate. If I had similar space limitations I would at least try to add some sort of slide out desk so that I can rest the key, my arm and maybe a log book to make operating to make operating more comfortable. Everyone has their own needs or thoughts on how to setup their operating position.
  7. N2ADV

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    shifty, aren't they? LOL
  8. G4SKO

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    Hihi, Yep! usually have unfeasibly long arms.
  9. M3KXZ

    M3KXZ Ham Member QRZ Page

    And a weird crick in the neck with half a dozen chins to hold the head up :)
  10. K6CPO

    K6CPO Ham Member QRZ Page

    I'm also space challenged and I've arranged my operating position on an old corner computer desk. The main HF rig sits on the desk where it can be easily tuned and the antenna tuner is on a separate shelf immediately above it. The other stuff is up higher, either because it isn't currently being used or doesn't get changed often. I have another desk with some old Heathkit and Realistic stuff on it that is also not in current use.
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