A couple weeks back I shared that I finally made a decision on a rig for the shack, and I cut the hole in the wall where it would poke through (the wall of my operating position is about 4 feet from the back wall of the actual room, so that I can access the back of the equipment easily.)
In the last several weeks, I finally got to a couple things to "finish off" this little piece of the project. Namely, I made a face frame, sized perfectly for the rig, to go around the opening where the radio sticks through, and I also added a couple other useful tidbits:
The first was one of these little items, so that I could have a full-time voltage display, along with some quick power-access for phone and tablet charging, right at the operating position.
The second thing I added while I was making some dust was one of these decorator pass-through plates, so that things like my paddles, the keypad for the rig, etc. could have their cables run to the back of the rig, while keeping a cleaner look than just a hole, or jamming them under the body of the rig.
I'm pretty pleased with how it turned out!
As you look at the pictures, if you're wondering why the rig slightly off-center, that is actually for 2 very purposeful reasons:
- Most importantly - I wanted the big knob on the radio to land where my arm and hand naturally landed as I sat at the desk, so that I wouldn't have to be doing some kind of weird reach-around past my keyboard to get to the radio controls :-P
- At some point in the not to distant future I plan on adding a VHF/UHF rig, and some other accessories that will "balance" the feel of it.