Yet another shack clean up

Back in January when I took delivery of the FT857D I reorganised the shack, disposed of lots of surplus junk and the resulting layout has served me well for most of the year.

As I've acquired more equipment I have found myself struggling for space and the cluttered workbench has prevented any proper construction.

Following a rearrangement in the house I had a spare 'desk' which I wanted to make of, so the plan was to move the workbench and put the new desk next to the existing desk. I had some bookshelves which were being used inefficiently and I almost threw them out but decided to make use of them by cutting them down and modifying to make new shelves to sit on the back of the desks.


I had another clean out and the remaining junk is now in large plastic storage boxes under the desk should it prove useful one day. It is still a little cluttered but I have much more room with proper access to my books and magazines.



The workbench is at the end of the shack directly under the overhead light


 It is a work in progress, but it is a much better place to work and operate in.

Andrew Garratt, MØNRD, is a regular contributor to AmateurRadio.com and writes from East Midlands, England. Contact him at [email protected].

3 Responses to “Yet another shack clean up”

  • AA1IK Ernest Gregoire:

    It must be the season for rearranging ham shacks. Yours looks great. You did a very nice job, especially on the wooden shelves. I like those very much. A local ham friend here, just posted pictures of his rearranged shack on Facebook. This got my juices flowing to do the same here. Mine won’t be as fancy as yours, but I’ll take some before and after shots and post them here.

    Again, great job!

    de AA1IK 73 Ernest

  • Andrew M0NRD:

    Thanks Ernest, yes please with the shelves they were cheap ‘chipboard’ free standing ones purchased over 20 years ago. Using a circular saw I was able to cut the top sections off intact and then the sections left were cut, glued and screwed to form the supports for the rigs. With the exception of the workbench everything else in the shack has been altered/re-purposed in true ham style!

  • Stefan HB9TWS:

    Hi Andrew, Really it looks like this is the time of the year for sorting out old stuff. I recently decided also to clean-up my shack and sold some items which I did not use for a while. Still some work to do – I urgently need to some more light. I like your arrangement with the Overhead lights – obviously you are not sitting in the dark.

    Regards from Switzerland
    73 de Stefan, HB9TWS

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