I know, it's poor form to reply to yourself, but here goes...
Now that we've finished the month-long K1Y activity, let's get some of the ops to post information (and maybe even pictures) about their stations. Rig, power, antenna, what key you're using, etc.
I don't have any pictures of my shack, it's a mess right now anyway after this event and also in Dec. I built a SoftRock 20m receiver.
Ok, I'll start. My rig is a Yaesu FT-990, I got it in 1992, I'm the original owner. I've got some kind of problem with it drifting right now but I'll work it out. It's got the best receiver I've ever heard, very quiet. I worked one that belonged to a friend and had to have one, I told him that visit to his shack was going to be very expensive for me.
My antenna is a very old 4BTV vertical with 4 above ground radials tuned approximately for 40m. It's ground mounted and sits right outside the shack window about 10 feet away from the side of the garage. It's good for 40-10m not including WARC bands. On 160, 80 and 10m I use a 120 ft. long end-fed wire with the highest point about 20 ft off the ground in a tree. I feed it with an old TenTec tuner.
I have an L4-B amp but haven't unpacked it since I moved here 4 yrs ago. There were times when more power would have been handy in the last couple of weeks for the K1Y event, maybe I'll dig that out and run a 220v line for it. I'm doing ok with 100 watts but some of the contacts I made in the last few weeks wouldn't have happened on SSB.
I had 2 keys hooked up in parallel for the K1Y event. The first is a J-37, one of the old leg clamp keys removed from the clamp and mounted to a thin board. The other key is an old 1946 Vibroplex Original, this key used to belong to a ham from west of San Antonio who is now a silent key. I was talking to a gentleman at a ham store in San Antonio and told him I was looking for an old bug I could get pretty cheap so I could restore it and see if I could learn to use it. He said "I'm going to make your day" and disappeared to a back office. He came out with a bug in an original carrying case with the leather handle broken. He pulled out an old Vibroplex Original and said he didn't work CW but an old ham friend left it to him so he was looking for a CW op who would use it and gave it to me. What a great guy, he really DID make my day! The guys at the ham store in San Antonio were nice before that...
I looked the original owner up, I found a few internet postings written by him, he was the first and only owner of this key until he died.
I hope I didn't embarass him the way I use the bug, I'm still trying to learn! I did put it on the air for K1Y/5 and am finally getting comfortable with it.
Ok, who's next? Let's get some shack descriptions!