[CQ-Contest] shack table height - optimal for CW contesting?
Jimk8mr at aol.com
Jimk8mr at aol.com
Thu Sep 20 20:53:56 EDT 2012
Hi Jeff et al,
My desk height is 28.5". It just happened that way, this was a free desk
they were getting rid of at work.
I have installed a slide out keyboard shelf, which rests the keyboard 24"
above the floor. This works out to be almost literally in my lap.
Two things I have discovered that have worked out very well:
1. Use a chair without arms, or at least a chair wide enough that you can
drop your arms by your side without using the arm rests. It is much more
relaxing to have your shoulders at rest with your arms dropped by your side,
than to be scrunching up your shoulders with your arms on the arm rests or
on the desk top. Also, your wrists will not be bending sideways, as would
be the case with your arms spread out away from your body and your elbows or
forearms on the chair arms.
2. Have enough extra cables on your radios that you can slide them to the
very front edge of desk. With this, there is only an inch or two of forward
motion required to move between the keyboard and the radio, which in many
cases can be done just with finger and wrist movement, but not moving your
arms or shoulders.
At the same time, radios can also be shoved back to a more conventional
position, with your arms resting on the desktop. With a long enough keyboard
cable (or a wireless keyboard) you can also move the keyboard to the
desktop, in front of the radio(s). Change of position is always a good thing over
a very long time.
One note about armless chairs: stay awake! I've never done it, but if you
fall asleep leaning sideways, you might be waking up more quickly than you
73 - Jim K8MR
In a message dated 9/20/2012 7:15:14 P.M. Eastern Daylight Time,
jeff at ac0c.com writes:
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.
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