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Re: Whats your Work-Bench/lab look like? Post some pictures of your Lab.
« Reply #3400 on: February 25, 2018, 03:20:16 am »
FT-450 owner club member checking in here too ;)

No FT-450 but FT-1000MP.

Not a Yaesu but with the Icom 7610 coming out prices on the older monsters have dropped so a mint Icom 7800 has graced my shack bench.(I do have a Yaesu FT-817 though).

Nice radio.  My back up rig is a venerable Kenwood TS-940 SAT.  Both share an 80 meter full wave loop with ladder line to a transition balun into the house with a 6' length of Belden 213 to the radios.
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Re: Whats your Work-Bench/lab look like? Post some pictures of your Lab.
« Reply #3401 on: February 25, 2018, 06:49:38 pm »
The last 7 weeks my wife and I have been modernizing our house. My old lab/office was cramped with stuff that I did not need and generally just badly arranged. We redid the whole house (ceiling,walls, floor, electrical system etc etc) and the lab also got a well deserved makeover. Including 6 LED panels, each 45 W (4000K) as per Dave's suggestion in a video (in fact, a good part of my equipment here at home is due to Daves reviews, MSOX3024T, Rigol SA, Agilent 34461 etc). I now have 5 meters of desk space (compared to a maybe 60 cm wide area before).
Even the cat, Pedro, has his own place again :)

All is now operational and ready for tinkering again :)
PS: Lots of good pictures and ideas in this thread, thanks a lot !
 
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Re: Whats your Work-Bench/lab look like? Post some pictures of your Lab.
« Reply #3402 on: February 26, 2018, 01:51:11 am »
Is that bench top all one piece?  DIY or custom made?  If DIY, what did you use for wood?
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« Reply #3403 on: February 26, 2018, 03:17:06 am »
Compared to the other stuff on the bench, it looks like time to upgrade the hot air station.  :o :-DD

A Quick 861DW would do the trick without spending a bunch of money. Seriously, it's that good (don't believe me, search the forum on this  ;) ).
 

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« Reply #3404 on: February 26, 2018, 07:02:23 am »
@GreyWolfe,
the top is made of 38mm thick Oak. Its assembled (DIY) by two separate 250 cm tables that are put together with small tabs (slots are milled in the ends of both half). The table is then fixed to the wall with 4 brackets, one in each end and one on each side of the window in the middle, 8 legs are mounted as well  :)

@nanofrog,
well, the BK4050 gives me adjustable temperature and adjustable air, solders my BGA packages very well, I'm not sure what I would get more from another one ?

The floor in the lab (and the whole house) is also oak (laminate), in the lab I have put a 5 meter long and 150 cm wide "ESD floor" strip. The bench will be covered in a single piece of ESD benchtop mat once it arrives.

EDIT: I see "nanoFrog" is now "banned" guess I will get no answer to my question. For other interested, this is the hotair I have: https://www.circuitspecialists.com/bk4050.html. Works perfectly for my work
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« Reply #3405 on: February 26, 2018, 11:39:18 am »
Ah Martin, a similar interest .
-The top FT 101E is a work in progress - some bugger had been cutting wiring out from underneath and lots of bits missing or not working. No crystals, no relay2, major power issues.
-The FT101EX needed a bit of work to get going - the LSB oscillator wasn't!  It recently participated in a South Australian boat anchor net and got reasonable reports.
-The FRG 7 was a replacement for my first good receiver - long lost (well in a bushfire actually!)
-The scope and the Ext VFO are future projects - but the scope powers up and gives a trace.
Nearly had a hernia putting them all in place for the photo :-DD
Whoah! Watch where that landed we might need it later.
 
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Re: Whats your Work-Bench/lab look like? Post some pictures of your Lab.
« Reply #3406 on: February 26, 2018, 06:01:29 pm »
still I have no HAM licence, but before a gear goes in the junk I bring that and make a restoration  ^-^
Here are at home;
Yaesu 101 line
Kenwood 520 line
heathkit SB line
and a glowing KWM 2A, add. some very heavy microphones from the 50`s and earlyer

greetings
Martin
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Re: Whats your Work-Bench/lab look like? Post some pictures of your Lab.
« Reply #3407 on: February 26, 2018, 06:46:57 pm »
VK5RC, you need to have a word with EEVBlog user 'Radio Tech' over at The Radio Shop, from his videos he seems to be an expert on the FT101 series.
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Re: Whats your Work-Bench/lab look like? Post some pictures of your Lab.
« Reply #3408 on: February 26, 2018, 06:53:55 pm »
I think we need a ham radio porn thread :D
 

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« Reply #3409 on: February 27, 2018, 12:33:16 am »
I am sure anyone on this blog would easily get their ham licence with a tiny bit of study - mainly the regulations.
Martin - what an awesome collection.
German EE -  thanks for the tip, currently I am going ok, just keep finding more stuff wrong! But finding it and fixing it is what I enjoy (rather bizarrely!)
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Re: Whats your Work-Bench/lab look like? Post some pictures of your Lab.
« Reply #3410 on: February 27, 2018, 02:14:10 am »
Studio apartment doesn't leave a lot of spare room for lab work, but here's my mini-lab!

I want to get a decent ham radio, but the space isn't here for a good antenna. HTs will have to do for the time being!
 

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Re: Whats your Work-Bench/lab look like? Post some pictures of your Lab.
« Reply #3411 on: February 27, 2018, 02:37:25 am »
I like the “Pliersrack”. I’ve never seen that before. Source?
 

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« Reply #3412 on: February 27, 2018, 03:09:22 am »
Amazon

I found it when I was looking for better ways to organize my tools. It's really cheap, but quite sturdy. The mounting holes match up with the pegboard, too!
 
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Re: Whats your Work-Bench/lab look like? Post some pictures of your Lab.
« Reply #3413 on: February 27, 2018, 03:25:39 am »
Here's my small area in the garage, needs a bit of tidying up and organization, but it'll do for now.
 

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Re: Whats your Work-Bench/lab look like? Post some pictures of your Lab.
« Reply #3414 on: February 27, 2018, 05:22:08 am »
These compact setups look great, guys.
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« Reply #3415 on: February 27, 2018, 07:45:40 am »
Agree, nice working labs, not too neat - stuff actually happening!
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Re: Whats your Work-Bench/lab look like? Post some pictures of your Lab.
« Reply #3416 on: February 27, 2018, 08:27:37 am »
I am retiring my wooden built workshop and have converted my brick built garage to a workshop....

Very good, in two years you will be covert the garage in an apartment and your house in a Lab.
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Re: Whats your Work-Bench/lab look like? Post some pictures of your Lab.
« Reply #3417 on: February 27, 2018, 05:55:23 pm »
and where is the radio?  :)

the little TV works as monitor for the CW/RTTY/Pcket Decoder

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Re: Whats your Work-Bench/lab look like? Post some pictures of your Lab.
« Reply #3418 on: February 27, 2018, 09:31:05 pm »
Hi all,

I am retiring my wooden built workshop and have converted my brick built garage to a workshop.....yeah, who uses it for a car anyways?......the idea being much better heated/temperature stable and more secure. The old workshop will still house the heavy machinery (lathe, pedestal drill, laser cutter, bandsaw etc) but for my electronics etc it's the new shop.

I started with a clean slate but took much ideas and experience to the table from my experiences from my old workshop.

A long, deep workbench at 3mtr by 96cm, and means the deep shelf above for the test equipment doesn't 'roof' the workbench.
I like the 'L' shape I had before, means the PC etc on the left and the soldering iron etc on the right.
The workbench is a 1.5" thick wooden kitchen worktop.....very heavy! The base etc built myself from timber stock.
Lots n lots of shelving and lots n lots of 240v sockets.

Not 'signed-off' yet by the local council building dept. so can't "move in" as yet.....but prep work is well under way. Here's a few pics for now......more to come in when I get completely moved in!.

PS. The next batch of PDVS2's will be built in the new shop.

Ian.

Hello Ian,

wow, that looks nice indeed - have fun and enjoy the building process!
I am envy-green now, I'd like to have 1/4th of your space...

Cheers,

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Re: Whats your Work-Bench/lab look like? Post some pictures of your Lab.
« Reply #3419 on: February 28, 2018, 04:25:45 am »
My workspace is a bit of a mess after my powersupply teardown & analysis video.





I don't know how Dave and Shahriar do it. They must have table space for days  :-DD.

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« Reply #3420 on: February 28, 2018, 07:14:05 am »
Yeah, have you seen how long Dave's big bench is? I'm not sure about Shahriar's after his move, but he had lots of bench space before.

A couple of vids:



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« Reply #3421 on: February 28, 2018, 01:14:12 pm »
Yeah, have you seen how long Dave's big bench is? I'm not sure about Shahriar's after his move, but he had lots of bench space before.
They both have enough bench space to land a 737.
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« Reply #3422 on: February 28, 2018, 06:08:54 pm »
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Re: Whats your Work-Bench/lab look like? Post some pictures of your Lab.
« Reply #3423 on: March 01, 2018, 03:46:57 pm »
Hi all,

Here's an update of my new workshop by way of a YT vid.

PS. There are two 'rooms' to the old workshop which I never spoke about, the lathe, pedestal drill, laser cutter, bandsaw etc will stay where they are.



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« Reply #3424 on: March 01, 2018, 04:32:24 pm »
It's getting a little tight in here. 

Shortly after moving into my wife's old office (she thinks she retired) I was sitting there and I heard water running.  Thought it was the rain for 3 hours.  Ran upstairs when the water started coming out of the light.  2nd floor with all the bedrooms was flooded completely.  We've been living without rugs, etc for months.  Anyway, you can see the blue tape on the ceiling where the water caused damage.  I don't know if I want them working in here or not.

What you can't see is the work table in the back corner.  If you look closely, you can see my IC-7610.

Jerry

 
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