What was your very first "shack" setup?

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  1. W4IOA

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    Most hams really do their learning after they get their license. The test is only a starting spot then the work begins. If a ham doesn't learn anything after the test they won't stay long.
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  2. W2JKT

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    1989... My dad bought me a TS-440S/AT from AES Electronics in Wisconsin. He and I built a 80/40/15 meter dipole and strung it up in some trees next to the house.
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  3. PC1RZ

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    My first shack was next to the couch in the Livingroom, march 2016 after I got my Novice.
    The YL was completely fine with it. (And in the meantime I upgraded to my Full license, bigger additional shack in the living room and we got married in 2018, so the YL then is now my XYL )

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  4. KM1H

    KM1H Ham Member QRZ Page

    Great photo and life history Hal.

    Cant tell if that RME is the preselector or VHF converter. I still have both from the late 50's plus the Hallicrafters speaker. My receiver was a HQ-129x which I duplicated about 30 years ago along with the Viking I
    Yours looks to be a SX-24 or 25??

    Ham since 1955
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  5. K0DRA

    K0DRA Ham Member QRZ Page

    Kenwood TS440, worked the world on a inverted V dipole.
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  6. K1LKP

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    Rotator was a 1928 Chevy steering wheel in front of me with the gearbox outside the wall.

    YES.....YES.....BACK IN THE DAY ......



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  7. N2IIE

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    This is my original setup in 1989. My son, Steven, in the picture was 4 years old. We were living in a small garden apartment at the time. I had a new TS-440 (and did a LOT of CW back then on it. ) into a stealthy long wire antenna into a tree in the back. The shack was in a old wall unit fold-down shelf.

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  8. K7RQ

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    Actually I had both--the VHF152A first and later the HF-10-20. The Hallicrafters was the SX-25. The receiver below the SX-25 speaker is a Howard 435A which was actually my very first receiver. I replaced the SX-25/ RME combo later with a RME-4350-A which was a tremendous improvement. And then, much later, after I was married with a family, I bought a Collins 75A4 which I used for many years.
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  9. N1NQC

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    Hey All.

    "FIRST" shack ?

    Depends on your "definition" : My first receiver was dad's old RCA tube radio phono. He bought it when he was a teen to track WW II battles on a huge world map .When I was 8 ( 59 now) , my older brothers and I would dig it out and run a few ft of wire to work bench in the basement. Copied Scotland yard 2 way AM voice and other cool stuff. Temporary, set up and break down each use. Of course I eventually broke it by trying to fix it's high volume motor boating.

    Fist permanent shack in bed room : Halli S-120A knife switched to a very long N-S wire or a long E-W wire. Every type of crystal set ( RS 28-178, home brew sets, all sorts of factory sets -powered or passive). First transmitter 100 mW CB walkies ( lots of fun with antennas, etc -"DX" was 3/4 of a mi !), eventually to mobile CB on dipole ( DX was 25 mi !). Went trough receiver upgrades , DX 160 by around 13 years old and onto IC R-70 and IC R-71A later on (NICE STUFF !).

    Fist ham TX years later on 2 M SSB with nice beams, eventually to 10 M and finally to General on all of HF. Eventually worked most of world.

    de N1NQC
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  10. WD5HHH

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    My first shack was in the Spring of 1970 in my bedroom. I was licensed in April that year as WN5BHT (Bill's Hot Tamales). My late father, George E. Beal Jr. - W5OXL(SK), was my Elmer who got me licensed with the help of another local Ham. I had a desk made of an unfinished door on two old drawer units from a desk that we had taken the top off of. My Transmitter was my Dad's Heathkit DX-100 run at 75 watts input to the finals and his Hammarlund HQ-129X. The antenna was a random wire run out the window. My antenna tuner was, I believe, a National Company output coupler (split fixed inductor, variable capacitor, and a coupling loop). I used a fluorescent tube to maximize output. I made a number of contacts with that system. The thing is I went off to college and lost some but not all of my interest in Amateur Radio; it was books, partying and girls that took a greater share of my interest.

    I don't know of any pictures that exist of the station but there might be some among my father's many photos that I have.

    The DX-100 went missing in action when loaned to the University of Arkansas Radio Club and forgotten about. Wish I knew what happened to it. I have the HQ-129X in storage; it needs a complete and major restoration. The antenna "tuner" is in storage also. The storage unfortunately is 250 miles from my current residence.

    Bill, WD5HHH
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