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- Created: Saturday, 03 November 2007 05:15
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- Written by Rick Swenton
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Welcome to Swenton.COM.We are not a business. We do not sell any product or service. We're in this only for the pure fun of it. On this web site you will find chronicles of my technology adventures, Ham Radio and Home Automation projects. Enjoy your visit!
"Better to write for yourself and have no public, than to write for the public and have no self." -Cyril Connolly
Here's an areal view of the Man-Cave at Swenton.COM circa 2002. We don't have all those analog monitors, tower PCs and Sun Servers anymore! In those days I had a lot of reference books. I had the complete line of National Semiconductor Digital and Analog IC books along with the complete line of Texas Instruments Transistor and IC books. I had the full set of Motorola Transistor books too. Don't forget the RCA Vacuum Tube manuals and a copy of the RCA Radiotron Designers Manual. Now all these can be found on the internet. I did keep the RCA Tube manuals and the Radiotron Designers Manual. That one was given to me by a designer who worked with my Dad.
I had a Sun Ultra-5 Workstation. 2002 Photo. Those cars were working slot cars.
Along with a Sun Ultra-30 Workstation. 2002 Photo. That printer was a QMS Postscript printer with a Canon CX engine. The interface was serial only and Apple friendly. They were challenging to get running on a PC.
And, of course, a Windows workstation. 2002 Photo.
I also operated a server for Home Automation. The server doubled as a mail server when I was foolish enough to think it was a good idea running a mail server at home. It was great learning experience.
This is what the man-cave looked like in 2018 before I retired and sold the house. Most of the books, binders and reference manuals are gone. Old hardware was recycled. Swenton.COM is much smaller now but it is still home. Click Here for a higher resolution photo.
I started building the new man-cave in 2019. I started with the workbench to make it convenient to continue designing and building things and pursuing new Ham Radio projects. In 2020, walls were erected around the rest of the perimeter of the room. Lighting, outlets and network connections were finalized.
Here's what the new Ham Radio station looks like after renovations in the summer of 2020. There's just too many wires to make it look pretty. Unlike Ham Radio equipment of old the modern equipment is smaller and has fewer controls. In fact, my best radio only has a power switch. Everything is controlled from the computer screen. My dog lives under my desk. It was her choice. Sometimes we have to share.
The panoramic view is more impressive and highlights the efficiency and organization of the layout.
The image above is a typical screen showing the program used to control the Software Defined Radio (SDR) transceiver. When you operate this radio and software it makes you feel like you work for the NSA.
To see what was going on from around 1982 to 1996 at Swenton.COM click on: 1990 Computer Lab