What was your very first "shack" setup?

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  1. K1SZO

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    Actually, I think the vertical (on the left) is I believe a JetStream clone 2m/70cm. The HF vertical leaning out over the balcony is a Chameleon MIL-WHIP with the MIL-WHIP extension and the CHA-Mini. (I had to be careful because the kids below me like to reach out and grab my counterpoise as it hung down)

    The MIL-WHIP is still my mobile QRP antenna for my HF usage. I like it quite a bit. Did it work well in the apartment? No. Each building had 100 apartments in it. (20 per floor) Lets just say my noise floor was 9+ on all bands.

    The tri-pod holding both antenna's up is an MFJ-1918 I believe.

    The 2m antenna worked great. I could easily hit repeaters up to 30 miles away or connect my scanner and listen to local emergency services.
     
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  2. W7UUU

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

    Same story here! I moved from a 75' end-fed with homebrew open-frame tuner (can anyone say RF burns?!) to a used 14-AVQ that I mounted on the peak of our garage roof. I ran 3 radials per band (I was a General by then) and was blown away how much better it worked than the wire! I was skilled enough as an operator by then (mid-1976, at 15 years old) that I pulled the HW-7 back out of the closet and actually had my first taste of "working the world on QRP" on 20 meters. Of course, the mid-late 70s we had great sunspots (15 would often stay open all night long) so that of course was a big part of it.

    I still have most of that 14-AVQ floating around - it's out in the barn I believe.... I guess I'm something of a pack rat :)

    Dave
    W7UUU
     
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  3. KV9Y

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    Mine was a Tempo-One transceiver, dummy load, some sort of SWR meter, straight key and an inverted L. Also had a Hallicrafters S-38 for SWL. It was 1983. :)
     
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  4. W7UUU

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    Tempo One is a pretty awesome rig for what it is!! Last year I completed a "Nostalgic Worked All States" on mine, with a solid mix of CW and SSB.

    Dave
    W7UUU

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  5. N3PM

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    An Adventurer, S-119 (arrgh), and a 40M inverted vee. I labored for some contractors and swept floors in a body shop, managing a used SX-101 by the next spring.
    Mike N3PM
     
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  6. W1VT

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    DX-20 with a crystal for 21.150MHz. 15 meter dipole. Borrowed Dow Key T/R switch
    HR-1680 Receiver. J-37 straight key. September 1978.

    Zak W1VT
     
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  7. KA2BLG

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    Started out about 1975 with a Hammarlund HQ-129X (w/ matching speaker) RX and a rock bound Knight T-60 TX. It was in the corner of my bedroom. I don’t know of any pictures... that’s kinda sad.
     
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  8. N5CM

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    My first shack was in a non-climate-controlled shed behind our house about 50 miles south of Houston, TX. The rig was a Ten-Tec Century 21. The key was the Ten-Tec single lever keyer. Antennas were wire dipoles.
     
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  9. W7UUU

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

    Great rig even to this day!! I love my C21 :)

    Dave
    W7UUU
     
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  10. NY4Q

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    My first 'radio shack' (~1977) was a Realistic TRC-458. I shimmied up a pine in the front yard at my parent's house and had a Starduster up there at about 60 feet. Later on built a 2 x 6HF5 amp.

    My first 'ham shack' came later on (1993). It was a Kenwood TS-140S and I built a 4 x 811A (RCA Tubes) amp and ran that for a number of years.
     
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