[CQ-Contest] SO2R rig placement

Scott W4PA w4pa at yahoo.com
Tue Jan 28 06:26:36 EST 2003

>I'm considering stacking the two radios, with the run radio on top and
>the S&P radio on the bottom.  Any reasons why I rarely see this
>setup?  Discussion of pros and cons?  I'd be interested to hear what
>others have to say.

I've always done it this way, but I don't consider one radio to be
S&P and the other run.  Either could be either.  I feel the 
advantage is I can always have my left hand on a radio and always
have my right hand on the computer keyboard.  Plus the paddle is
on my right and if I'm tuning a radio with my right hand it makes
it inefficient to grab it to transmit [guilty - I do sometimes
send with the paddle.  W4AN tells me to knock that crap off :-) ]

BUT - I have guest operated at numerous QTH's where the SO2R
setup was side by side and feel that I did not suffer at all for
having them like that.  So go with whatever you feel is the most
efficient for you to use. 

BTW, I started using two radios stacked on my left for no other
reason than I didn't know how anyone else did SO2R when I started.
I didn't have room on the little operating table I was using in
1995-97 to put them side-by-side so I just stacked 'em.  Having never
seen another SO2R setup prior I didn't realize what I was doing 
was different (and is definitely in the minority).  

Scott W4PA

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