One of the most excellent parts of our club is the shared 24 hour access to the shack - it offers good infrastructure and a variety of opportunities to improve as well.
Operating in the Shack
Before operating in the shack, be confident that:
- Radios, antennas, and appropriate feeders are connected and functioning properly (No horrible SWR, no disconnected antenna components, etc.)
- Radio is set to appropriate power outputs (e.g. Foundation up to 10w, Intermediate up to 50w, Full up to 400w)
- You have ensured that your station is not in any danger from dangling cords
- Use your own callsign unless explicitly under the physical presence of a full licensee who is also authorised to operate by the licence keeper (currently Wyan M0GXD)
- Consider entering in your QSOs in the (traditionally paper) logbook with the callsign you're using
- Food/drink is fine, as long as you can ensure that you won't spill it into equipment and dispose of it properly
- Consider how we might make the shack / infrastructure better - Running low on connectors/cables/etc?
- Tidy up - don't wait for someone else to clean up the disaster zone
Modifying the Shack & Antennas
- Talk over your proposed changes with others via email or IRC - don't act in isolation, often times others can make your idea even better.
- Test and make sure your changes have been an improvement - no shame in reverting back your original change!
- Document your changes - tell at least a couple of other members that you've made changes, even if something breaks - a known bad state is better than an unknown one!
These guidelines all boil down to the fact that we’re working on combined projects and activities together. It’s not a ‘be perfect or die’ stance, it’s ‘be excellent to each other’ - let's keep at it!