[CQ-Contest] [YCCC] station tables

w1eqo at shaysnet.com w1eqo at shaysnet.com
Thu Apr 5 23:03:12 EDT 2007

Why not benches? U-Line even sells them now. they are pricy, have many
accessories available, come in many sizes, and are strong. Much stronger
than a Staples table.

The weakest style is the laminated top. Over time it will bow with a 100
lbs in the center, and some moisture. The fix for that is to bolt a pc of 1
1/4" angle (from Home Depot) lengthwise under the center of the top.

I have purchased several used benches for $50 ea. Check out the Boston area
"Want Advertiser." Also call used machinery places and used "industrial
supply" places.

Then there are also used school "lab benches." These are even stronger, and
may even have an adjustable height feature.

Jim, W1EQO

jim at nationalwireless.com 

Original Message:
From: David Robbins K1TTT k1ttt at arrl.net
Date: Thu, 5 Apr 2007 22:14:05 -0000
To: yccc at yccc.org, CQ-Contest at Contesting.COM
Subject: Re: [YCCC] station tables

Thanks for all the replies so far... too many to reply to everyone
individually.  Some common comments:

I need 5 or 6 'small' desks and shelves.  These need to be 48-52" wide and
support an mp, hf-2500 amp, computer, rotor and switchboxes.  And one for
SO2R that should probably be 72" wide and hold 2-mp's, 2-hf-2500 amps,
computer, 2-419a bandpass filters, a 6 pack switch, band decoders, rotor and
antenna switch boxes, etc, etc, etc...

1. Ikea and most of the Staples, Office Depot, etc computer stands and home
office stuff is just too light and small.  They do have some better stuff,
if you have specific models that may fit(and that are still available)
please let me know.
2. I HAVE cheap, 2x4's and particle board going on 20 years old.  
3. Steelcase and many other surplus desks may be strong but often have solid
backs that would make access to power and cables a problem... they are also
heavy and hard to move.
4. I have enough other building to do, I really don't want to get into
building shelves and counter tops, etc.
5. I am thinking mostly of heavy duty lab or computer center workbenches.

A couple specific questions...

Does anyone use keyboard/mouse trays?  While I like them for general
computer use somehow they don't seem to fit in the radio setup.  Unless the
desk is very shallow, or the radio is pulled near the front it would seem
that there would be too much distance between the keyboard and radio.

Has anyone used tables from this guy:  http://www.hamdesk.com?  

David Robbins K1TTT
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