Ham Shack Reveal

Making a ham shack / man cave for my husband.I could also title this post, “Why Your Husband Needs Space of His Own INSIDE the House” but it seemed a little long for a headline. I’ll say it here, instead. As the primary caretaker of the castle, it’s easy to think the house belongs to me — that couldn’t be further from the truth. Each family member needs his or her own space. Your kids have their own bedroom space (even if it’s a shared room!), and quite possibly, a dedicated play area. Your husband? He’s probably relegated to the garage or barn or basement. Not fair. I determined to create a home space for the man of the house.

Last spring, Ryan embarked on a personal challenge that turned into a major project. It required a few hours of study and an exam — which he passed. Because he loves a challenge, he studied and passed the second exam. And then, because he’s an overachiever and really, really loves a personal challenge, he prepared for hours and weeks to take the Amateur Extra Exam for ham radio. I’m happy to say he can now chat with folks all over the world from station Kilo-Delta-Eight-Whiskey-Yankee-Oscar.

Ham radio is his ongoing project and I set out on my own endeavor. I determined to create a “ham shack” for his equipment, a sort of man cave that would give him space to enjoy his new hobby in the comfort of home — and also allow me to listen in because let’s be honest, here. It’s really cool to hear from all over the world. I find it absolutely amazing that these men and women are communicating with each other from all over, at all hours.

Books in the ham shack.The kids and I began operation ham shack while he was traveling for work. We turned a walnut slab into a very unique desk for his equipment. He mounted it to the wall when he returned — using those handy pipes we used in the library project. My plan was to have the desk situated under some previously installed shelves in front of a wall of windows.

He did the carpentry work and I stocked his favorite books, hung a map and thrift store art, and gave him a globe on loan from the school room. I used things that fit his personality and my vision of an indoor ham shack. This is his space, but it shares my office space. He likes my decorating ideas and I enjoy his passions for hunting, fishing and outdoorsy stuff. It’s a good combination for both of us!

The making of a ham shack.But back to the desk. If you happened to read the post about the walnut slab, you might recall I mentioned a little surprise. Here it is …

The walnut slab turned desk has a surprise on its underside.Carved initials in the underside of the tree. He found it while mounting the slab to the wall. Silly? Yes. “But it’s the little things … “

The ham shack is official and he’s purchased some equipment. More will be required in future, but I didn’t ask — sometimes it’s better to leave well enough alone. I will say he spent last Saturday stringing wire all around the house. He assures me it’s only temporary … until he builds a tower and an antenna. As long as it doesn’t obstruct my photo views, I don’t mind!

Ham shack in the corner.A walnut slab, $10 map and a few stacks of books later, and my hubby is happy in a space of his own INSIDE the house.

My man has a ‘shack’ instead of a cave, with a desk made out of a tree. He’s thrilled and so am I — ladies, if your husband has a hobby that’ll fit in the house, welcome him home. It gets cold out there in the garage and there are spiders in the basement!



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    Dad October 11, 2014 (3:38 pm)

    Hey, that’s pretty cool but , I don’t think I can get my sawmill in the house !

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      Jennifer October 11, 2014 (8:15 pm)


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    Tracy B October 15, 2014 (11:25 am)

    That is a great addition to your home…. my brother n law is a ham radio person… his call letters are KE4FRI.

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      Jennifer Kiko October 15, 2014 (11:48 am)

      Thanks, Tracy! I will pass his sign on to my hubby!