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

John Laney k4bai at ku8e.com
Wed Jul 28 17:04:49 EDT 2021

In Georgia, I'd have a hard time operating without A/C. in fact, my 
operating Field Day in the field with the lcub for years has been 
conditioned on an air conditioned trailer.  Fortunately, my shack is a 
spare bedroom in my house, so the general house heating and air 
conditioning includes the shack. My first house didn't have central heat 
and air and I used a window air conditioner whenever I felt that need 
and had no noise or other adverse effects that I knew of.  Had a 6 foot 
open sided home built rig/amplifier that would run the full legal power 
for that time, I KW input.  73, John, K4BAI.

On 7/27/2021 10:22 AM, 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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