I'm not sure how the Amateur Radio work space was named "The Shack", but it is a fairly common topic of conversation on the air. In keeping with the tradition, here is the Internet version of my shack and the work space used to create these projects.
Laser Printer General usage and to create PCB layout transparencies.
Part Drawers A some what organized way to store through-hold resistors and capacitors. For the most part, the parts have been replaced by surface mount variants.
Solder Station Nothing beats a good quality, temperature controlled soldering iron A worthwhile investment for anything other than very simple soldering work.
HP436 The venerable HP436 power meter with an HP8481A power sensor head. The HP436 is early 80s technology, but it still measures an RF signal to ±1 dB. Thanks to Jim, AC7FN, for locating a HP8481A sensor head.
Instek Power Supply A laboratory grade 0 - 30VDC, 0 - 3 AMP linear power supply. Although it is heavy with a transformer, it provide a good clean DC power source. The current limiting feature is great for initial power and the classic "smoke test".
Tektronix Oscilloscope A modern LCD display, DPO (Digital Phosphor Oscilloscope) with a 300 MHz analog bandwidth and 1.25 GHz sample rate. The most used piece of test equipment in the shack. If you haven't tried one of the new digital oscilloscopes, take a look at the newer designs. They have the same look and feel of a high quality analog scope, with all the features of the digital world.
Bausch & Lomb Microscope Required for any surface mount work. It is amazing how poor a solder joint can look up close. Really improves the quality of board work.
Keithly Counter Just a basic frequency counter. Useful for building VHF/UHF transceivers or checking a local oscillator.
ESD Work Space An ESD wrist strap and grounded pad are required for building and testing on any type of flight or high reliability hardware.
HP 853A Spectrum Analyzer The spectrum analyzer makes RF work much easier when you can see the spectrum of a device.
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