[CQ-Contest] shack table height - optimal for CW contesting?
lknain at nc.rr.com
Thu Sep 20 18:47:07 EDT 2012
29 to 31 inches is pretty much the standard for desktop height. That is
often to high for comfortable typing. Keyboard trays are often a few inches
lower. The lower height is usually to reduce fatigue and reduce the wrist
problems like carpel tunnel. You can get a similar effect by putting your
feet a bit higher, raising your chair, and making sure your monitor is high
enough so you are not stooped over. I have forgotten much of the ergonomic
rationale behind all of this but it can work. I suspect keeping a key or key
paddle about the same level as the keyboard may be useful to some.
Just sitting down for a couple minutes to see if a setup is good is probably
insufficient. You will need to sit and type or send with the key for some
time just as you might during a contest. That way you might begin to feel
any fatigue the setup brings and you can then make adjustments. It is time
consuming but can be worth it in the end. If there are no contests to your
liking in the short term you can run something like Morserunner to simulate
73, Larry W6NWS
From: Ken Alexander
Sent: Thursday, September 20, 2012 4:34 PM
To: cq-contest at contesting.com
Subject: Re: [CQ-Contest] shack table height - optimal for CW contesting?
You could get 100 replies and none of them might work for you because
the respondents aren't you.
I just spent the last half hour on the Staples and IKEA websites and
height of every desk and table (with very few exceptions) is between 29
and 31 inches. That range of heights wasn't chosen by accident.
Ham operators probably vary in height from 5'-0" to 6'-6". However,
office chair heights can be adjusted over a wide range as you have
already observed. Having spent some time on your website as well, it's
clear you're a really smart guy. You should be able to take it from here.
This is sort of like getting on the internet and asking the world what
size shoes you should buy! :-)
On 20/09/2012 10:29 AM, Jeff Blaine wrote:
> Ergonomics question. Optimal table height?
> I’ve always had shack tables made from whatever I had around. But this
> time I’m building up a table and can pick the height. Of course it
> depends on what chair you set in, and your body, etc. But I wonder if
> guys had a particular preference or range.
> CQ-Contest mailing list
> CQ-Contest at contesting.com
CQ-Contest mailing list
CQ-Contest at contesting.com
More information about the CQ-Contest