I have 2 "stations", my main operating position in my "shed" and my "GO" Kit:

Main Station:

I have a separate 12' x 20' shed that's about 75' from the house; that is my radio shack.  It has power and uses a kerosene heater for winter use.
Inside is my main operating position.  It's a wooden "desk" on wheels (to allow me to easily access the rear) with all of the equipment and wiring contained within.  All I need to attach externally is antenna cables and power.
My Equipment:
Icom IC-7300All-Band +6M All-Mode 100W SDR TransceiverIn 2020, I realized the technology in my shack was getting fairly old.  After a few weeks of research, this rig stood out as the best mix of value for the money.  It's now my "go-to" rig for most operating.
Elecraft K2All-Band high-performance QRP TransceiverIn 1996, I wrote a web page for a local business.  They paid me with enough money to buy a K2.  It took me about 40 hours to build and worked first time.  Since then I've added numerous accessories and modifications and it's still my best CW contest rig.
Astron RS-35A35A Power supplyWhen I upgraded my rig to a full 100W radio, I needed a supply that would be able to provide all the current it could need.  Thus, during a visit to my closest HRO (New Castle, DE...about a 5 hour drive), I bought this supply.
Hy-Gain 421BAnalog Power & SWR MeterThis isn't fancy or expensive, but it's a fairly accurate and reliable piece of RF test gear.
Homebrew SWR and Power MetersClick Here!I homebrewed digital meters for both power and SWR.   They're useful additions to the position.
Power monitoringQuicksilver RadioI added voltage monitoring, both +12V station power, and +9V accessory power to the audio and keying patch panel.  It proved its worth once when I experienced a power supply failure.
Homebrew KeyerSchematicI run older and homebrew rigs that often don't have sidetone or internal keyers.  So, I built a station keyer.  It also contains a keying circuit for serial ports.
ATU-100 Auto-Tuner KitEBAY ListingI have radios enough to run every band from 160M to 6 M...more than I have antennas for.  I needed a tuner and this one was inexpensive and works well.  A bonus is that it was a kit; I love building kits.
Heil ICMBG MicrophoneHeil ICMBGI've run borrowed or homebrew mics for years.  I finally decided when I got the new SDR rig, that it was time for me to sound as good as I could.  This mic is specifically designed for ICOM rigs like my new SDR rig.
Terryza Mini-ComputerTerryza on AmazonThis computer fits behind the monitor.  It's very compact and low-power.
RF Patch Panels I Use BNC patch panels to interconnect my rigs and antennas.
The Console itselfPDF of the Console

My previous operating position was little more than a big table with a fancy shelf on it.  It didn't have space for a computer or monitor, and couldn't be customized.  Thus began design & construction of this console.  It's on wheels so I can access the rear easily.  All connections are mounted on fiberglass panels suspended behind each shelf and the wiring is behind those panels.  It's fully self-contained with the only external connections being antenna cables and power.

My "GO" Kit:

The Kit


The entire "GO" Kit fits in a toolbox for portability.  The box itself has installed power ports and a battery pack.  Otherwise, all major equipment is contained in foam cutouts for protection.


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KD1JV ATS-3B Transceiver


The ATS-3B was a limited release multiband CW QRP Transceiver that can cover all amateur bands from 80M to 15M.  It can be powered from 9V and puts out about 2W - 3W at that voltage.  The receiver is quite sensitive and the IF bandwidth is about 400Hz...perfectly suitable for CW.


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QRP Antenna Tuner


Given that the "GO" Kit is meant to be used anywhere under emergency conditions, I included a tuner to allow me to use a random wire as an antenna.  This tuner is a basic "T" type with an enclosed LED & Diode SWR indicator.


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Antenna Analyzer

Just like for the Antenna Tuner, I may be required to place wires or try to use any random metal like downspouts or towers as antennas.  This tool allows me to tune such devices for resonance, or at least know where they resonate.


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Digital SWR Meter


In the same theme as the previous 2 items, this meter allows me to determine the exact SWR of whatever I'm using as an antenna.  It's all-digital and direct reading.  Just press the power button and read the SWR.


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The ATS-3B changes transmit CW speed by accessing its internal menus.  I found that method cumbersome and wanted to vary speed simply by using a knob.  Thus, I built an external keyer.  An added bonus to using an external keyer was that it allows me to "tune" or trnsmit continuously to test antennas.  This keyer also has selectable sidetone.


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