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

Keith Dutson kdutson at sbcglobal.net
Tue Jul 27 21:20:51 EDT 2021

 I live in Tomball, TX, northwest of Houston.  Summers can get fairly hot and humid.
My shack is separate from the house.  It was originally built for in-laws and has central air and heat, bed, bath, closet, kitchen, etc..  Radios are in an area that was an open living room, with slider partition to close off bedroom for privacy.  Total living area is 900 square feet.  Temp is kept at 80F.  I have three 1500 watt Alpha amps (87A), so installed a window A/C unit to use when the amps are all in use.  Photo is posted in QRZ.
Operating in this environment allows comfort in long hours of contest operating, which leads to good scores.
Good luck with your shack.
73, Keith NM5G
    On Tuesday, July 27, 2021, 02:09:40 PM CDT, Weisz László via CQ-Contest <cq-contest at contesting.com> wrote:  
 Hi Mike,

Average circumstances here during IARU HF:
Outside temp: 30-35*C
Inside temp: 40+ daytime (SO2R - HP), lowest temp at the first streak of 
dawn: 28-30*C
dress code: only underwear (webcam in shack: yes 😁)
24 hour contesting: yes
A/C : No

73 Lacy HA3NU/HG3R

On 2021. 07. 27. 16:22, ve9aa at nbnet.nb.ca wrote:
> 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
> Canada.
> 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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