Anyway - now that there are some actual walls in place, it's a little easier to see and explain how all this is coming together. The shack is in the "middle" of the basement, so the corner of the room in the picture above has the pocket door that leads to the current family room. The operating position is actually behind me as I stood to take this photo. You can also see in the above photo, the access to the end of the conduit I ran across the rec room. The hole will get a metal panel over it, with bulkhead connectors for coax. I'm planning on mounting the panel with threaded inserts so that it can be easily removed to access the conduit behind it. Here's a closer shot:
The cables you see are the other things I ran while the ceilings were still open - 4 sections of LMR-400, 2 cat6 cables, and a rotor control cable.
The desktop will land right at the division between the plywood and the drywall, so from the desk up, will be a nice, stained-wood surface that will have the equipment recessed in it, and the drywall will only be under the desk.
If you look closely, in the lower right hand side of the picture you can see an opening in the wall - this opening will serve 2 purposes:
- It gives me access to the bottom of the conduit that runs clean up to the attic of the house, to be used for coax, cables etc.
- It is perfectly sized for the mini-fridge that is currently in the storage room, so most of the time the "hole" will just look like a built in fridge - an important feature in the ham shack!
I gave myself about 4 feet of space to the back wall of the room (where most of the equipment will stick through), and about 2.5 feet feet along the side, so it should be a very comfortable way to access the back of the equipment! I also installed a sub-panel for the ham-shack, so future power needs are well covered!
Anyway, that's where the shack stands for now! This coming weekend will be spent doing more drywall, but that will be out in the hallway and rec-room, so I won't bore you with those details :-)
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