Sunday, January 23, 2011

Possibly the best shack in all of ham radio

I've just had the pleasure of a visit to Melbourne and another visit to the fine shack of Ralph, VK3ZZC.

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Like a Tardis, it's small on the outside but huge on the inside.

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Stocked with modern equipment, such as this HP frequency counter with a nixie tube display.


Ralph has figured out how to weld aluminium and hopefully will describe the method on his web site soon.

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The only thing that needs further development is the antenna farm, but progress is well under way. I particularly like the shielded loop antenna with an "armstrong" rotator.

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Here's how you rotate the loop from below:


Ralph makes his own U bolts with a home made bender. Nice work.

Wonderful to catch up with everyone, and thanks Ralph for the gift pack! I said "possibly" the best shack, the only issue is extreme temperatures on some days (55C has been the observed peak).

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