30 Ham Radio Contest Tips — Test Ergonomics


Station RightThis month, I’m providing a ham radio contest tip-a-day (along with other posts) to help you trigger your own contesting activities.

Today’s tip: Test Ergonomics.

One of the really great things about contesting is that it gives you answers to a whole range of questions about your radio station. Does the antenna work? Are you working stations faster than other locals? Do your CW skills cut it for a CW contest?

Many questions — and fast answers.

One of the great questions to be answered by a contest is this: how well is your station laid out for your comfort and efficiency in a contest?

We spend hours at the radio doing our work on the hobby. Operating a 48-hour contest will tell you how well you’ve done putting the pieces of your station together to maximize your comfort.

Is your chair right? Height of your table or desk? Keyboard setup for the computer? CW key in the right place? CW key and mouse in the right place? Easy to change antennas? Rotor right for the contest?

I’d suggest taking one contest just to address the ergonomics of your station. Take good notes when you are done about how easy it was to operate your station with the strain of fast contacts over a long period of time.

You’ll be glad you did.

Scot, K9JY

  • Here are some office ergonomic tips, which will be helpful for you:

    Ergonomically assess your existing office environment.

    Purchase ergonomic furniture and equipments such as ergonomic chair, ergonomic desk, ergonomic monitor, ergonomic keyboard, etc.

    There is a need to maintain good sitting posture.

    Train yourself and your employees in office ergonomics.

    Don’t put your face into the monitor screen.

    A distance of minimum 20 inches is to be maintained with the monitor.

    Take frequent breaks.

    Follow ergonomic exercises.


  • Hello all contesting friends that realize that ergonomics is a true key issue for alertness and comfort during the contest.

    Have a look at this Swedish 24/7 control room furniture manufacturer: http://www.cgm.se/eng/business.html

    The furniture has a stepless motorized system for changing the height of the table from 65-130 cm (26-51 inches), making it possible to switch between sitting and standing position, still with all the monitors moving up and down at the same time.

    This is probably as close to State-of-the-Art one can get when it comes to contesting furniture for the really serious and dedicated station. Not for free of course, what is when we talk about top-notch equipment.

    73 de R3/SM6LRR, Mats

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