dickt at w0raa.com
Wed Jul 6 12:55:35 PDT 2011
I am considering getting a DXDoubler to run SO2R. I have a few questions.
My station consists of a Yaesu FT-950 and Yaesu FT-857D. I use a K1EL WKUSB
Winkeyer to key the rig for contesting in CW mode. I have an amplifier but
don't use it in contests. My antennas consist of a Cushcraft A3S at 34' and
a Butternut HF-9V ground mounted vertical. I also have a VanGorden Short 80
meter dipole but it has not been put up since my original tower came down in
a wind storm in December. Getting it back up is on the "To Do" list. I use
a 4 postition LDG electronic antenna switch, and I have a couple switches to
go between the FT-950 & 857D if I want to change radios. I haven't used the
FT-857D in a contest, but I would be willing to buy the narrow add-on
filters to improve it if I were to go SO2R.
My primary contest logging software is WriteLog (latest version) and I have
N1MM Logger as a backup. I don't use it very much. I operate RTTY/CW &
some SSB Contests.
With that being said, my questions are:
1. Do I have the basics for SO2R?
2. What would I need besides the DXDoubler (i.e. Stubs?, etc?)
3. Are the antenna switch/switches I have adequate to do the job with SO2R?
4. I read DON Hill's NCJ articles but have somewhat determined that a
DXDoubler will make switching between rigs easier, etc.
5. I have a desktop computer with XP/SP3 and a laptop with same. Do I need
more than one soundcard or computer?
Any assistance anybody can offer will be appreciated, even if it's "Forget
it!" Hi Hi.
I probably have more questions but I don't know what the are right now.
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