[CQ-Contest] Host A Rookie, but ...
k8gt at mi.rr.com
k8gt at mi.rr.com
Thu Feb 18 13:05:21 PST 2010
Or for $259 he can get a Piexx processor communications board for his TS930, which allows computer control. That makes for a nice contesting rig with computer logging.
Tiger Direct and other outlets have brand new Pentium dual core desktops for under $400 with most of the latest bells, whistles and OSes.
Not $5000, but $500 total or less.
We are contesting hams and we are frugal and creative. :-)
And N1MM is an awesome piece of software. I had a bit of a learning curve, coming from NA, but I could duplicate some of my favorite NA routines in N1MM and some became even better.
I think that it all makes contesting more fun.
73, Gerry, K8GT
---- Dave - AB7E <xdavid at cis-broadband.com> wrote:
You can get a perfectly serviceable refurbished computer for $200 that would do everything you need. A new computer-capable contest rig with few frills (such as a K3 with minimal options) would cost you about $2K. N1MM is free and very simple to use if you set it up right, and it doesn't require any kind of keying interface other than an RS-232 cable (which somebody would probably also be willing to give to you for free.) Whether you'd need better internet access is debatable.
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Subject: [CQ-Contest] Iâll Host A Rookie, but â¦.
4) Looks like I need to spend more than $5,000 to update my station; computer ($1k), radio ($4k), better internet access ($$?), keying interface ($100), new software (free?), etcâ¦ so that I can have a guest op for the rookie contest.
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