I am building a new house and a new shack. The shack will be larger than anything I've had in the past (16' x 14'). One side of the room will be dedicated to repair and boat anchors. The other side is dedicated to operating.
I'm looking for ideas and suggestions regarding the operating position. It needs to be usable by one and/or two operators for HF contesting and casual QSOs. I am planning to build a fully computerized station. So far the rig is an FT-1000D with an ACOM 2000A, MonstIR on 40-10, other antennas for 80 and 160, plus some Beverages. Software of choice is Logic 7 with TRX-Manager. I've never operated with a computer before and don't know where to best place the monitor and keyboard in relation to the other gear.
I prefer CW, but plan to operate phone and digital as well.
One dream: I'd like to click the mouse on a DX spot and have the station automatically ready to go. (I've been a ham for nearly 50 years and I'm still one card short for DXCC)
Specially I'm looking for equipment placement recommendations, antenna switching gear, safety gadgets to keep the amplifier off the air when switching or tuning the antenna.
Pictures of what you have will be appreciated. I'd be interested in seeing what you have and what improvements you'd make after using it for awhile.
At some point, I'll probably want to be able to operate remotely as my home QTH is 40 miles away.
Since this new QTH is at the top on a local mountain, some UHF and VHF operation is anticipated as well. I'm also told that my antennas are going to take a beating - wind and ice.
So, if this were your project, what's your wish list? My budget? There is none, I'm leaving my kids ham gear instead of money.
If you wish to send a picture: WN3R@hayman.com
Thanks for taking the time.