The Ham Radio "Shack"
Like any ham radio station, the equipment here at WS6X consists of two main parts — The Radio Room, also known as "The Shack", and the Antennas, also often called the "Antenna Farm". In this section we will take a look at the radios and other equipment in the WS6X shack.
To a ham, and especially a DX-er, the choice of equipment is a highly subjective, personalized process. To a great degree, a skilled operator can be competitive with modest equipment. Here's another ham truism: when a ham spends $$$ thousand dollars on a new radio, the cost factor alone sets that ham's mental conditioning and that radio quickly becomes "the best radio on the market"! So, we tend to "adjust","make do" and actually "like" the radios we purchase with hard-earned cash!
A great DX station is comprised of three parts:
- The heart, soul and SKILL of the operator,
- The effectiveness of the antenna farm,
- The caliber of equipment in the shack.
Please note: These are listed in the order of importance!
Here we take a look at the WS6X shack! To a beginner, this shack full of equipment might give the impression that ham radio is a VERY expensive hobby. While the total cost is considerable, please remember that this shack wasn't assembled in a day. What you see is the result of 60+ years of horse trading, and slowly adding equipment to the station — usually, one piece at a time. If you read my story you realize that I started ham radio on a shoestring budget. Even today, a beginning ham can have a lot of fun with a few hundred bucks worth of used equipment and a wire dipole antenna!
Ham Radio Equipment at WS6X
- Lo-Band Station + 6M: Elecraft K3s, Dual RX, Elecraft P3
- Backup HF + 6M: Kenwood TS-590SG
- Elecraft KPA1500 (160 - 6)
- Elecraft KPA500 (160 - 6)
- ANTENNA TUNERS
- Ten Tec 238-C
- Elecraft KAT500
- STATION ACCESSORIES
- W8ZR Station PRO II, station control center
- KD9SV DX-pedition
- Interface - microKEYER II
- LP-100A Power Monitor
- Various Home Brew
- ANTENNA ROTATORS
- Yaesu G-800SA for the KIO Hexagonal beam at 42' (20 - 6)
- Yaesu G-800 for the rotating Pixel Loop RX antenna
- Spare - Hy-Gain Tailtwister