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Building a new Man Cave

Discussion in 'Ham Radio Discussions' started by N4DES, Apr 7, 2012.

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  1. N4DES

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    So the wife and I decided that we needed more square footage in the house so I decided the best thing to do was to enclose the patio and add 300 square feet to the house instead of doing anything in the garage. Being my existing shack is in an adjacent room that is really supposed to be a bedroom, I am moving all my radio gear to the new area (my new Man Cave) by taking 1/2 of it and the other 1/2 will house my kids stuff (computer, drawing table, etc.). The bedroom will go back to being a bedroom for an occassional visit by the grandparents.

    I pre-planned extra electric along the back wall, its own split 220V HVAC unit, conduits to the outside world for connections to my tower and CCTV, and will have to extend the connections to my existing attic mounted antennas. I also had impact windows installed so it would be two less shutters to deal with and the wall is designed for 140+ wind survivability and the other 2 walls are CBS block.

    I'll post additional pictures as the project moves along, but so far I'm about 2 weeks into the project and very pleased with the results.


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  2. KB0VXN

    KB0VXN Ham Member QRZ Page

    Nice! I'm still stuck with just a man corner:eek:

    Mike KB0VXN
  3. KL7AJ

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    Nice job! The only problem is its not dark and scary enough. That's what I rely on to keep the riff raff out of my batcave. :)

  4. KA9JLM

    KA9JLM Ham Member QRZ Page


    I thought Caves were under ground.
  5. KJ4VTH

    KJ4VTH Ham Member QRZ Page

    Excellent! I wonder are the "missile resistant" windows good at Cape Canaveral/Brevard County?
  6. W9OE

    W9OE Ham Member QRZ Page

    I see a few problems already. Looks like the cave is a little short on power. There should be at least 4-20 amp dedicated circuits and at least 2-240 volt 20 amp circuits. You could also include a ground rod for your equipment, bonded with the others of course. Where are you going to mount the the 60 inch LCD TV. A small fridg. is a must. Sound proofing to keep out the QRM and don't forget the acoustics. A commercial grade steel security door with a large sign that says KEEP OUT!!!

    More Power, More Power!!!

    A stairway going up to the observation deck/antenna farm would be nice addition. Make sure you keep enough square feet to place a hammock in the corner.
  7. KL7AJ

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    No no no! You're wrong! You didn't read the chapter on Man Caves in the Opus. You must NEVER have a convenient source of food in the man cave. Hams are already heart attacks waiting to happen. The only exercise they get is walking to the it needs to be a moderately arduous journey.

    Now you know

  8. N4DES

    N4DES Ham Member QRZ Page

    You guys crack me up! LOL
  9. AC2EV

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    Where's the hot tub? How's the pizza delivery guy supposed to make covert deliveries?
  10. N4DES

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    Actually, I had to get rid of the hot tub to make room for the construction.
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