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BECAUSE WE'RE ALL ABOUT RADIO
THE SHACK | DX Central's Northshore Studios

Leaving Charleston for the shores of Lake Pontchartrain in Mandeville, LA, a new shack was born

As a young DXer, I would spend hours in reverie, imagining the radio setup of my dreams.

I imagined receivers with knobs, switches and buttons.  I imagined the lights on all of the boxes and under the cabinets that would hold my accumulated radio library.

I put my very limited artistic skills to use, drawing elaborate designs of what I thought the ULTIMATE shack would look like.

The problem was, I was 13 years old.  The amount of money I would need was simply too far from my reach.  I vowed that one day, though, if I had the means, I would build a no-compromise shack of my very own.

Slowly, I started putting the pieces together. A radio here.  An antenna there.  Small pieces on a budget.  All the while, I was practicing the art of DX.  Working to perfect my skills of listening, knowing the band and propagation and learning everything I could about antennas and radios.  The hope was that one day, I would be able to put it all to use.

Then in 2018, I purchased my first SDR:  the Airspy HF+ Dual.  I paired it with a W6LVP loop antenna and started pushing my DX to dizzying new heights.  I was hearing DX I had only dreamed of hearing before.

 

Soon, I added another SDR (the SDRPlay RSPdx) and then another (Airspy HF+ Discovery), and another (Perseus) and another (Elad FDM-S3).  Next, I started pushing my antenna collection to new heights by incorporating terminated delta loops in the form of multiple KAZ antennas with high-gain amplifiers on them.  I added remote termination controls to obtain the maximum nulls on the back side of the antenna. I was cooking.

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Then, in 2021, I moved from Charleston, SC to Mandeville, LA.  In Charleston and in previous residences, my radio shack always had to share space with my music recording studio.  So, space was tight

In Mandeville, though, I had a dedicated room for nothing but DX.  It had a window overlooking the backyard that was perfect as an entry point for the array of antennas I planned for deployment.  Starting in October of '21, I laid out a rudimentary shack design to get myself started.  In April of '22, I gutted the room and began putting together the shack of my dreams.

It continues to be a work in-progress, continually evolving.  Gear flows in and out, antennas are raised only to be repurposed or replaced with new iterations.  

Montage video showing the building of DX Central's Northshore Studios

The newly renovated Northshore Studios.  A clean design was the goal.  Upper cabinets to store books and some equipment, with cable organization the keep things tidy.  Large, high resolution screens to allow for multiple programs to run at the same time, while also allowing for our DXC Live! livestream

Northshore Studios | Gear

SDRs

Antennas

Accessories

  • Perseus

  • Elad FDM-S3 OCXO

  • FlexRadio 6400

  • 3x Airspy HF+ Discovery

  • Airspy HF+ Dual

  • Airspy R2 w/SpyVerter

  • 2x SDRPlay RSPdx

  • SDRPlay RSPduo

  • SDRPlay RSP1A

  • 3x RTL-SDR dongle

  • 20'x97' SuperLoop @ 305°/125°

  • 22'x70' KAZ @ 35°/215°

  • 15'x50' SuperLoop @ 83°/263°

  • 2x W6LVP Magnetic Loop

  • W6LVP Portable Version

  • Airspy YouLoop

  • PA0RDT Mini-Whip

  • K-180 Magnetic Loop

  • MLA 30+ Magnetic Loop

  • 9-element StereoProbe 9 FM Yagi

  • Stellar Labs 4-el FM Yagi

  • Centerfire FM Dipole @21'

  • StellarLabs OmniDir. FM @ 21'

  • W5GI "Mystery Antenna"

  • DX Commander Classic (40-10m)

  • Quantum QX Loop 3.0

  • Select-A-Tenna

  • Terk Advantage

  • Ferrite Sleeve Loop [COMING]

  • 3 Colin Newell-built Vactrols (for SuperLoop/KAZ)

  • Colin Newell-built Lankford-Misek Phaser

  • Modded MFJ-1026 Phaser (for W6LVP loops)

  • Quantum Phaser (for SuperLoop/KAZ) 

  • 3x RCA VH1226 TV rotor 

  • 3x Wellbrook FLG100LN Amps (for KAZes)

  • Sony MDR-7506 headphones

  • 2x Kitz KT501 FM Amplifiers

Non-SDR Desktop Radios

  • Sony XDR-F1HD FM HD (XDRguy modded)

  • 2x ICOM IC-7200 

  • ICOM IC-706MKIIG

  • ICOM IC-746

  • Yaesu FT-817ND

  • ICOM R72

  • ICOM R-7100

  • Kenwood R2000

  • Panasonic RF-3100

  • Drake R8

  • Drake SPR-4

  • Halicrafters S-120

  • Realistic Pro-2005 scanner

  • Uniden BC796D

  • Uniden BCD996XT

Portable Radios

  • GE Superradio III

  • Sony ICF-2010

  • TEF-6686

  • Sangean HDR-16

  • Sangean HDR-14

  • XHDATA D808

  • Grundig G4000A

  • Sony SRF-59

Shack Computers

  • Main Shack PC (DXC-1)

  • Mini-PC (Autologger) (DXC-2)

  • Microsoft Surface Pro 6 (DXC-3)

  • Apple 21" iMac '10 (DXC-4)

  • HP Laptop (DXC-5)

  • 2x Apple iPad (DXC-6 & 7)

  • Acer MiniTower (DXC-8)

  • HP Laptop (DXC-9)

Main Shack PC Build (DXC-1)

  • Dell Precision Tower 3620

  • Intel i7-6700 (4-core) 3.4 GHz

  • 64GB DDR4 RAM

  • AverMedia Live HD2 Game Capture Card

  • GeForce GTX 1660 Video Card (16GB)

  • EVGA 700 BQ, 700w Power Supply

  • 1TB SSD (for OS/software)

  • 2TB SSD (for backup)

  • 16TB HDD (for SDR recordings)

  • 4x Westinghouse 27" monitors

  • M-Audio Active Studio Monitors

LiveStream Gear

  • Elgato StreamDeck XL

  • AudioTechnica AT-4042 Condenser Mic

  • Focusrite Scarlett 212 USB

  • Sony a5000 (cam 1)

  • Logitech Brio Webcam (cam 2)

  • 2x Neewer Key Lights

  • OBS Studio Software

  • Custom Mic Flags

SDR Software

  • Jaguar Pro (for Perseus)

  • Elad FDM-SW2

  • SmartSDR

  • SDRSharp

  • SDRUno

  • SDR Console

  • SDRConnect

  • HDSDR

  • Perseus software

MIsc.

  • Bandicam (for screen recording/airchecks)

  • RDSSpy (PC software for RDS decoding)

  • Google Suite for logging 

  • Simon's World Clock

  • ivation Large LED Clock

Northshore Studios | Logbooks & Analysis

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CHARLESTON FM

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BRASSTOWN

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BRASSTOWN

COMING SOON

COMING SOON

COMING SOON

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