Radio Station of KN5GRK Herman

My name is Herman Campbell, and this is a shot of me in my "ham shack". All the following pictures were taken with my Kodak DC25 digital camera. I first became interested in amateur radio back in 1956 while in high school. Our school had a radio club, I joined, received my novice license "KN5GRK" which was only good for one year. After it expired, I never pursued ham radio until about seven years ago. Some ham radio friends of mine kept insisting that I should get back into the hobby, and after some threats and pushing, I finally gave in to them. I tested and received my Tech. License with the call "KC5LTJ". It seemed that everyone in this area had a KC5LT…. something or other, so when the vanity calls came out, I applied and received my old vanity call back again. BTW, I still have the original license. I thought mabe I would give you a brief idea of what my radio room (aka Shack) looks like at the present time. I hope to make some changes as time goes by, it is by far what I would like it to be.

This is the left view of my operator's desk. You will see the tower of my Pentium 133 computer, keyboard, speakers for various radios, wall bulletin board, and part of the left side of my Hammarlund HQ180-A general coverage short wave receiver which is called a "boat anchor" in ham radio lingo.

This is a shot of the center of my operator's desk. You can see that I am running an Icom IC-730 transceiver on 80 75 40 20 10 meters with a MFJ 945-E tuner. I also run a Icom IC-2100H on two meters and a Radio Shack HTX-10 on ten meters. I also have a AES PK-88 that I use on packet on occasions. I power the ICOM-730 with a Heath HP1144 20 amp power supply, the ICOM 2100H with a Astron RS 12A power supply and the HTX-10 with a Pyramid PS-12KX supply.

Here we see a left view from the operator's desk. This is my ham shack computer which is a Pentium 133, 32 meg Ram, 8.2 gig hard drive, sound card, 250 meg tape backup, CDROM drive, 2- 3 ¼" HD floppies, and a Cannon BJC-3000 color printer. Win '95 OS. The operator's desk in one that I put together with very basic tools, it is a ¾ inch sheet of birch plywood with a notch cut into one side to make a wrap-around desk. I used walnut stain and applied about six coats of Tung-oil and buffed between each coat. Underneath, I have storage space with sliding doors. You may also see a 8 foot bookshelf in the background. At the end of the desk, I have a three-drawer table that I use for a printer stand.

This is a shot of the right side of the operator's desk. The two monitors you see are Commodore 1702 color computer monitors. I use one in conjunction with a VHS video recorder that I use as a TV tuner. I can watch TV or tune the weather channel during weather alerts. The other monitor is used to as an audio/ video input for checking video cameras, video game machines and such. On top of the monitors, you will see a Heathkit SB-104 HF side-band station that was donated to me (in need of repair) by friends. You may also see a Astatic D-104 "lollypop" microphone, and a Kantronics UTU-XT terminal node controller on the top shelf. On the end of desk, I have two - four drawer filing cabinets for manuals, forms, and etc.

My Antennas

80/75/40/20/10 m    120' Inverted "V" at 30 foot center - 8 foot on ends.
      40/20/20 m    Wilson WV-1A Vertical at ground level.
            10 m    10 meter dipole at 30 feet.
             2 m    Cushcraft ARX-2B Ringo Ranger at 30 feet.



de Herman

Last update-August 12, 2002