New changes in the Shack as well as on this Site.

Things have been kind of slow since Field Day. I Don’t have the drive to pickup the microphone (or practice on the key). It doesn’t stop me from doing stuff in the background. I was looking at my station and was disgusted by how it was setup. I had equipment on top of equipment and a rat’s nest of  wires behind my desk.

I recently saw an Antenna Tuner” come up for sale on eBay that matched what I needed which consisted of having a variable inductor and that it can handle at least 1000 watts. It was also within the price range that I could afford so I took a chance.

It was the Heathkit SA-2060A tuner. After reading review after review, I put this on my list of potential tuners. The only complaints I hear about this particular tuner is that  the hardware becomes loose after use. Since they are kits when they were first sold, The build quality depends on the operator who built it. When I received the tuner, I opened it up and made sure everything was tight and soldered correctly. It appears that it’s in great shape and I did no work to it other than some light sanding using a fine scotch-brite pad.

The reason I decided to get a tuner is because of my antenna(s). At the time I really have only one HF antenna which is my home-brew G5RV wire dipole antenna. Once you started getting away  from 20 meters, the mis-matched antenna places a strain on my tubes that are located in the amplifier. The “tuner” should help that out.

However I had no room for it. I didn’t want to stack the amplifier or anything else on it so I decided that I need to do something about my desk to keep everyone happy. I ended up fabricating a shelf that spans across the entire desk which would allow for me to put more stuff on my desk.

I’m liking it better than the previous setup. The most important piece is right in the middle and a tiny bit easier to get  to.

I had a chance to work some DX with the new layout. Here it is in action with LA4UOA (Tor in Norway)

Now I just have to clean the rest of the office.

Site Updates 

I am debating on placing advertising on this site. I am not a fan of advertisements and wanted to keep this site AD free but running this site isn’t free. It’s not much compared to other websites but any income I can get  that would offset the costs would help greatly. I also might place ads on my YouTube videos.  Not looking to make AMAZING profits but hopefully enough to cover the hosting.

3 thoughts on “New changes in the Shack as well as on this Site.”

  1. Hi Jeff! I’ve got an SA-2060 here. I’ve only discovered one problem with it (and it may be unique to this one): the inductor arcs to the strap on the *far* side of the clear insulator. It was arcing clear through the insulator, bowed it and bubbled it up. A new insulator – ceramic this time – and some scotch 77 (also some regular scotch) fixed the problem right up. The regular scotch wasn’t totally necessary, but it tasted good. See you next weekend! (WW CW)

  2. It might be something else but I recall you posting a picture of that somewhere. Hopefully that doesn’t happen with mine. I am only putting 500-800W into it so I’m not driving it that hard. I’ll be using the scotch this weekend trying to make QSOs in CQWW CW. I sort of ditched SSB to concentrate on CW. Have fun and thanks for looking!

  3. Hello colleague

    I have had the opportunity to see your blog and this stupendous my sincere congratulations, lots of information and especially high quality. But I have to also say that for those who have an amplifier SB-200 600w can perfectly use the settings I indicated and will make sure DX without any problems and with no audio quality very much the good, of course it all depends on individual taste, is more like Bass or Treble or enjoy Hi-Fi ESSB or not. Well because the settings I indicated there is little more to this style of modulation that I’m No. 1 fan, therefore rather like very much. Then of course you can always arise a problem of RF, but it can always visit this page http://www.cleanrf.com/, we have many good equipment for this purpose. I thank fellow Radio Amateurism as I am, all the information and research work have in your blog as it is very useful not only for me but for all those who visit, so once again congratulate and thank this initiative that is very well built and draws.
    With all hope that one day we can talk in frequency to the conhcer we a little better, it is clear that interest you.
    All the best and a lot of strength to do this exelente project information and research.

    73’s and good DX

    Hugo

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