[CQ-Contest] Do you have A/C in your shack?

ktfrog007 at aol.com ktfrog007 at aol.com
Tue Jul 27 15:36:25 EDT 2021

Hi Mike,
I live in the inner Boston metro area and suffer pretty much the same problems you described. I also don't thrive in the heat and humidity.  Two summers back a neighbor who was moving gave me two 5000 BTU window ACs for helping look after her house while it was empty.  I put one in the shack and have never looked back.  It made all the difference in the world.  
It happened to have a remote, which I thought was frivolous, but I find I use it all the time.
I run the AC only when it's needed, which is often this year.  I stay quite comfortable when operating and contesting.  It's fairly quiet and the sound doesn't bother me.  
I'm sure you made a wise purchase and will live a life of comfort and ease and see your contest scores make a quantum leap.
73,Ken, AB1J

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Subject: [CQ-Contest] Do you have A/C in your shack?

Keep in mind when reading the following, I am from the Maritimes and have lived
all my life in VO2, VO1, VE1 and VE9....so I don't do the high temps well ;-)

During the recent IARU contest I think this was the first time I  *ever*  really
stopped operating due to heat/humidity.  I laid my head down "for a few minutes"
and woke up 5.5hrs later. Oof !

My el-cheapo thermometer on the desk next to my keyboard said it was 31.5*C
(88.8*F)...I don't recall what the humidity was in the house,(probably a bit
lower than outside)  but outside was up to 94% at 11pm according to Environment

I QRT'd not long after midnight, shattered from the "heat".

So....has anyone installed A/C in their shack? How did you like it? Run it every
contest? Only in the summer?

Y'day I bought a teeny-tiny window A/C unit ~5000btu (on sale at that) and will
hopefully once installed, will try it out next contest,  assuming no QRM/RFI. 
Living way out in the country. I like a quiet RX.

I think in my mid-late 50's, I am finally getting soft.

In the winter, I just turn my shack heat off and sometimes even open a window.
In the summer, I often operate LP or QRP....
In the IARU, with HP SO2R it was pretty warm and my shack is very very small.

What has been your experience with heat/humidity while operating? (doesn't have
to have been in YOUR shack)

Tnx !

Mike VE9AA

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