Ham Radio Desk Idea

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  1. W1AL

    W1AL XML Subscriber QRZ Page

    Hello:

    I had an idea for a replacement ham radio desk. My idea includes two (2) of these set up in a horseshoe configuration:
    https://www.foldingchairsandtables.com/classic-series-portable-serpentine-table-with-bar-top-riser/

    What do you all think? It supposed to be supportive enough, I think, although my equipment is a Drake TR5 which is the same weight as a TR-7, along with several accessories. I also plan to upgrade the station to something even more lightweight.

    Any thoughts?

    Thanks,
    Scott W1AL
     
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  2. W7UUU

    W7UUU Super Moderator Lifetime Member 133 Administrator Volunteer Moderator Platinum Subscriber Life Member QRZ Page

    Hey I think that looks COOL! Why not? Should work perfectly.

    Something really really important that I wish I had done but at least advise you, is leave SPACE BEHIND the desk so that you can get to the backs of things. Oh, how I wish I had allowed for that :(. It's such a PITA in my fairly elaborate station to change things around simply because I can't get to the cabling behind them.

    But I do like that desk - looks nice to me

    Dave
    W7UUU
     
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  3. N2EY

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    Well, for what it costs......

    My current op desk was built from scrap lumber and an old solid-core door. Very strong and does the job.
     
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  4. N2PPK

    N2PPK Ham Member QRZ Page

    Looks nice! I'd love to do something like that one day, instead I have everything piled on the desktop, meaning I have to have my laptop on my lap for digital modes. And that's not so much fun!
     
  5. W1AL

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    Definitely Dave.....In fact I have been trying to thoroughly plan out what kind of power strip to get, as there are so many new kinds available today. Like this one: http://www.newegg.com/Product/Produ...6G0a9oWjUYGU61OCls2WcaAjJi8P8HAQ&gclsrc=aw.ds

    And plenty of room behind. Plus I can climb under it, but still will leave enough space. Being circular, it will be less cramped back there too. I could also add some skirting on it too.
     
  6. KA4DPO

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    That's not a bad idea as long as you have the room around it. They look sturdy but what are the extra legs on the back that look like suction cups for?

    I have been thinking about an L shaped corner desk to put in here but haven't done anything yet, I'm still rebuilding the NC-173. Once I get that done I plan to completely re-do the shack. Basement workbench is tied up with RC plane stuff and garage bench is strictly car stuff. Need more room or fewer hobbies...:D
     
  7. KA9JLM

    KA9JLM Ham Member QRZ Page

    It needs center supports, Or it will sag over time.
     
  8. W1AL

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    They're not suction cups...they're thumbwheels for the clamps. That is how the risers clamp on to the table.
     
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  9. K0RGR

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    It looks good, but I'd check IKEA. They had a similar shaped desktop for a lot less money. I put one across two filing cabinets, and it worked very well for me. Of course, I already had the filing cabinets. I like the riser on you unit. A solid desk gives you the option of hiding all the cables, which an open one doesn't.
     
  10. K4YND

    K4YND Ham Member QRZ Page

    Looks great. please don't install the curtains. I found a L shaped desk from Ikea. The problem for me was finding a desk with enough depth. Looks like your solution will allow you plenty of room in front of the gear.
     

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