What was your very first "shack" setup?

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  1. N3ZRW

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    Ic706 to an MFJ tuner and random wire.
    I learned CW pretty quickly when I realized it worked with my meager antenna.
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  2. N0NC

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    Heathkit DX-40 and a National NC-303.

    73, Chuck
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  3. KB2QQM

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    My first Radio in 1993 was a National 200 Transceiver that didn't work on SSB and only worked on CW. So I became a CW op only. I would wait until midnight and set up a 40 meter dipole in the backyard of my apartment complex. I would work DX all night with that set up and my J38 Straight Key. I would tear the antenna down at 4:45 am and stow it so nobody knew that an antenna was there. I did that for 4 years until I could move into a 2 family apartment in the country, then I had a Kenwood TS-520. Huge upgrade with an actual Iambic keyer. lol. My antenna was a multiband End Fed antenna and a Magnetic Loop. I also had fun with those kooky Isotron Antennas. Lots of great memories.
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  4. LU3XPK

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    My first "shack" was in a garage near home. An old "geloso" communications receiver and a home made TX in AM modulation : a pair of old 1625 tubes modulated by other two 1625. Several QSO's over all Argentina. Antenna was an electrical twisted tiny doble cable connected with a dipole 3 meter high between roof and a tree. 150 watt power carrier.
    Swr and load measures through a 100watt lamp connected in parallel over two wires. Conclusion: if you know how to... any stuff will work. 80 meters band.
    Saul LU3XPK
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  5. N6QLH

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    I lived in La Mesa Ca. I had a used Icom 735 and a MFJ Antenna tuner. the Antenna was a used 3 band yagi for 10 15 and20 meters. I liked thay 735, I eventualy sold it
  6. LU3DO

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    hi mi first rig was a mackiley with a transverter for 20 240 80 metert an one dipole for 80 meters
  7. KA0USE

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    1985, novice.

    sony icf-2001 receiver (mine, started by swl'ing)


    johnson viking ranger (denver radio club loaner)
    peak and dip, peak and dip...

    turned the sony off to tx.
    piece of wire for the rx antenna, 14avq (denver radio club loaner) for tx.
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  8. W3MAM

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  9. KA0USE

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    i like uncomplicated.
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  10. N9RVB

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    not a ham "shack," but rather a ham "shelf!"


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