I recently bought a Dell refurb with XP, a Latitude D620, on their website
and am delighted with it. Warranty and everything.
Folks in the business suggested this approach to me.
----- Original Message -----
From: "Richard Thorne" <firstname.lastname@example.org>
To: "Robert Shohet" <email@example.com>
Sent: Tuesday, October 23, 2007 7:02 PM
Subject: Re: [CQ-Contest] Laptop and Contesting Software
> I purchased a Dell laptop with XP Pro from my local dealer. I
> understand you can still get XP from Dell.
> Before I purchased my Dell I went to best buy with the soundboard check
> software from Writelog. I convinced the sales guy to let me run the
> software on several of the laptops. I found that all the laptop
> soundcards would not support Writelog. It would not pass the mic audio
> through to the speaker output.
> Recently I solved all my keying problems with the new Micro Keyer II.
> Its a single usb plug solution which supports fsk, psk, cw and ssb. It
> has its own built in sound card and supports Writelog, N1MM and others
> I'm sure. Once setup its basically automatic, just pick a mode on your
> rig and go.
> While its a bit expensive, its the best $$'s I've spent on a ham
> accessory in a while.
> Rich - N5ZC
> Robert Shohet wrote:
>> I need to buy a reliable quality laptop that I can use for business
>> and must be able to use with contesting software, preferably
>> networked with a second laptop or desktop computer.
>> I would appreciate all recommendations based on actual experience
>> in the work and contesting environments.
>> Please list all recommended components/ports/drives and other items
>> as well as those manufacturers that you found to be most reliable and
>> For internet access, the laptop must be able to use wifi as well as
>> cable modem (for broadband) and have a modem as well for dialup access.
>> I want to be able to key the radio through the laptop and use a
>> through the laptop, so please provide
>> keying/voicekeyer suggestions and contest program suggestions as well.
>> One other thing.... I would prefer to have WIN XP as the laptop OS,
>> however, all laptops seem to have Vista as the OS. Where can I find
>> laptops with Win XP?
>> Am I right to be concerned with using Vista or are there some of
>> you that are successfully using Vista with your contest
>> software? Please advise.
>> Thanks very much for all your help.
>> Bob KQ2M
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