What is your least favorite shack chore?

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  1. AB2T

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    Mine is attaching PL-259 connectors. Yours?

    73, Jordan
  2. W2SU

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    Mine is re attaching/re-arranging coax to my equipment.
    73.......w2su, Fred
  3. AF6LJ

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    Climbing the tree in the back yard to work on the antenna.

    I'm getting too fat for that.........
  4. KJ6LFD

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    Surface mount anything.
  5. KD0CAC

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    Not having the space to sort parts :(
  6. WA7PRC

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    Attaching UHF connectors is easy. If it's not, you're using the wrong tools and/or technique.
    My lease favorite shack chore is trying to stay organized. It's not so tough to stay piano-ized. ;)
  7. AB2T

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    I use the K3LR method for soldering UHF connectors. This method saves me from having to solder the holes. My eyesight isn't the greatest, so soldering the braid to the end of the connector rather than to the holes is easier for me. Still, soldering connectors is tedious work.

    I would buy the crimping tools and gear, but I can't seem to justify the price. Crimping would sure save me the tears, though.
  8. WA7PRC

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    In 9 years at a former employer, I must've assembled several hundred thousand itty-bitty SMT parts onto boards that had large copper pours on PCBs with substrates that had low thermal resistance. It's not a big deal if you have good soldering "weapons". I did.

    Installing UHF connectors is not at all tedious. I've been using my method (similar to Amphenol's) for the past 40 years. I installed six connectors this past Sunday, outside, in-place, with the cable hanging in mid air. It didn't take very long -- a few minutes per connector. I wasn't in a hurry. My eyesight isn't the greatest either - so I use dime store reader glasses.

    I never solder UHF connectors on RG-58 cable. I buy 83-58FCP-RFX "Field Crimp Plugs" that can be installed in about minute with only a pair of tapered wire cutters. Perfect for FD! Cost is about the same as 83-1SP + UG-175/U.
  9. N4UM

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    Just plain finding something in the inevitible mess that occurs. Crap piled on top of equipment and the desk. Half used sheets of paper scattered everywhere with notes and reminders on them. Books, magazines, manuals where they don't belong. Pens that are out of ink, pencils with broken points, bent paper clips,notes taped to the walls and filing cabinet. Miscellaneous tools, hardware, razor blades, QSL cards, flash drives, notepads, logbooks, country lists, keys, trackball, HT's, earphones, microphones etc. etc. As George Carlin would have said...Too damn much disorganized stuff!
  10. W4AFB

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    Mines dust control. I hate dusty equipment. Second would be cable management.
  11. AF6LJ

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    Duse is also on my short list of least favorite jobs....

    And there always seems to be that small pile of tools and odds and ends that never go away.
  12. K8ERV

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    I'm sure the tree appreciates that.

    TOM K8ERV Montrose Colo
  13. AF6LJ

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    it moans and groans every time I have to climb up in it.
    I have to do it again this year......
  14. WA6MHZ

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    MY shack looks like someone took the room and SHOOK IT UP! An Earthquake could do no more damage to it than has already been done! Especially the floor, where there are countless papers, debris and Junk making it impossible to see any of the floor tiles. To sit in the shack chair, I hafta kick the debris aside to find a place for my feet.

    So my least favorite shack chore is cleaning it up. Sometimes I get a WILD HAIR up my *** and actually spend some time with a garbage sack picking up the debris. But usually that is TOO MUCH WORK and takes away time that I could be spent scanning the bands for rare DX! Anyway, If I try and clean it up, the CATS will just trash it again!
  15. K8ERV

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    I don't remember you visiting my shack. I musta been asleep.

    TOM K8ERV Montrose Colo
  16. N0AZZ

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    Running coax, power cords, interconnections what a rats nest I can't keep it straight always adding and selling equipment. Then like others dust because I like the window open in front of my radios.
  17. K8JD

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    Mine is typing in my info to reply to E-QSLs. I am not good with computers and keyboards !
    Have to flip pages in the logbook to verify I have this QSO logged and then type in a reply.
    About all I use the computer for is E-mail, E-QSL and real time lightning map to see if 80 and 160M will be any good.
  18. K9ASE

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    climbing the roof to work on antennas
  19. KL2TC

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    My shack is over my mechanical shop. The goal is to keep all things "shop" out of the shack. At the top of the stairs coming up is a "decon" station. No shoes past this point. It looks pretty good, but I hate all the vacuuming and dusting that I have to do to keep it where I like. Radio, tower, electrical, I love all of that, it's the dusting and cleaning that gets to me. Right now there is some kind of streak across my computer screen, I have to get rid of that...at least I can hear the Motley Group.
  20. N0WYO

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    I have similar problems, although I don't have an open window next to the radios. When I clean the shack, it usually entails disassembling everything, clearing off the desk, realigning coax, power cords, etc, and reinstalling the equipment. Before the equipment goes back, it gets dusted off and cleaned. Sometimes inside and out. This usually takes a whole afternoon, and into the evening.
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