[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.

Dave   AB7E

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Subject: [CQ-Contest] I’ll Host A Rookie, but ….

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?), etc… so that I can have a guest op for the rookie contest.

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