[CQ-Contest] station tables
w4atl at earthlink.net
Fri Apr 6 16:19:35 EDT 2007
Check my QRZ.com picture W4ATL. This setup works well. With touch
typing, I can slide the keyboard partially under the table to get me a
little closer to the radio. I also have the remote tuning knob for the
Orion that I can place near the keyboard to keep hand movement from the
keyboard to the radio at a minimum.
Jimk8mr at aol.com wrote:
> In a message dated 4/6/2007 12:02:41 P.M. Eastern Standard Time,
> mike at mallardcove.com writes:
> 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.
> I use a keyboard tray, mounted on the underside of an office desk. I had to
> move the original paper/pencil drawer out of the way to mount it.
> I have enough extra cable length going to the transceiver so I can slide the
> radio to the front edge of the desk. Then it is just above the keyboard. A
> Bencher paddle is just to the right of the radio, near the edge of the desk.
> I have an office chair with no arms. The keyboard is just above my lap, so I
> can drop my elbows and shoulders in a very relaxed manner. I can lean back to
> almost a 45 degree angle, so I can nearly lay down while operating. It makes
> for a very comfortable operating position.
> I can still push the radios back, place the keyboard on the desktop, and
> operate in a more conventional position.
> I have two paddles available: the Bencher above, with a separate external
> keyer, and a tiny magnetic mount K9LU Bulldog paddle, which rests on a large
> flat washer glued to the upper right corner of the keyboard. It keys the NA
> internal keyer.
> Having two different body positions available is a good idea. It spreads out
> the stress on the body.
> 73 - Jim K8MR
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