[CQ-Contest] Computer for Contesting

ANDREI STCHISLENOK nc2n at inbox.com
Fri Feb 10 08:55:14 PST 2012


From my own expereince:

I bought several computers for Contesting from TigerDirect and happy with their stuff.

Bought used Dell laptop with com port and XP and also two lenovo/IBM with TWO (!) com ports and several USB ports.Also with XP - hate W7.
Budget computers, nothing crazy and working really well for me.

Travelling with Dell laptop everywhere for Contesting/Dxing and very happy.

> -----Original Message-----
> From: timothy.urban at wc.ey.com
> Sent: Fri, 10 Feb 2012 09:28:31 -0500
> To: cq-contest at contesting.com
> Subject: [CQ-Contest] Computer for Contesting
> Rookie digital contester looking for a computer recommendation.
> After a modest amount of struggling have gotten my K3 up and running on a
> 5
> year old PC running winXP to perform basic RTTY and basic PSK31. Really
> enjoy the modes and want to compete in RTTY contests.
> Am stopped cold in attempts to integrate rig/ PC / logging. Fldigi
> inexplicably crashes every 5 minutes running Hamlib. The other PSK app
> claims I'm missing a "mixer driver" that the computer swears is there.
> MMTTY can't find com1 to poll vfo frequency even tho all the other apps
> can. Tigertronix box is neat but doesn't solve my problems.
> Should mention that I have a lot going on in my life and hate
> troubleshooting windows boxes.
> So, am thinking maybe part of the problem is my old computer w/ lots of
> other software already installed  Maybe a new laptop, dedicated to
> contesting, w windows 7, might minimize the odds of flukey extension
> conflicts etc.
> Is there a brand/model of laptop computer that has more of the right
> ports/jacks/drivers/ processing speed etc?
> Thx in advance for any recommendations
> Tim
> Urbanti at gmail.com
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