[CQ-Contest] Size of Dual Monitors

Robert Chudek - K0RC k0rc at citlink.net
Mon Mar 17 08:04:25 EDT 2014

I am far from a Master... but three things will drive your monitor 

The first is what resolution your video card will support when running 
dual monitors. If the video card does not support dual monitors, that is 
your first hurdle to overcome, buying & installing a new video card..

The second is the amount of physical space you have available to use.

The third is your "eyesight"... meaning how large/small of text is 
comfortable for your eyes when reading text on a monitor. For example, I 
have a Viewsonic VA912b 19" monitor on a computer that will only go up 
to 1024 x 768 resolution. To my eyes, the text is larger than necessary 
and this eats up valuable display space.

On another computer, I have a pair of Viewsonic VA1912wb 19" monitors. 
These run at 1440 x 900 resolution and the text size is smaller, but 
still comfortable to my eyes. In other words, because this monitor is 
higher resolution it will display an image in a smaller physical area, 
thereby allowing you to pack more stuff (windows) onto the screen.

Larger monitors will often support even higher resolutions which will 
allow even more items to be displayed at a comfortable size. Another 
thing to keep in mind is that dual monitors allow a continuous work 
area, so a monitor with a smaller bezel will be less distracting when 
moving your cursor across (left to right) the physical display boundaries.

73 de Bob - KØRC in MN


On 3/17/2014 3:29 AM, Dick Flanagan wrote:
> I need help from the Masters.
> I am in the planning stages of a SO2R station.  The center piece will 
> be the two radios and two LED computer displays above the radios.  The 
> displays will be side-by-side and supporting all of the 
> contesting/logging/propagation windows driven by one central 
> contesting computer.  I could be talked into having two computers--one 
> for each display--but I would appreciate if that discussion were held 
> another day.
> Today I am looking for assistance in choosing the proper LED display 
> terminals. What is the optimal size of these monitors? They can be 
> long and skinny or basically square.  Has experience shown that one 
> particular screen size and/or aspect radio to be better than another 
> in this application?  I am partial to Samsung, but I can be talked out 
> of that too if appropriate.
> The displays will be mounted above the radios slightly above eye level 
> with their fronts basically even with the front panel of the radios.  
> No wall-mounted monitors here.
> Once the displays are chosen, then possible we can wander off into the 
> one vs. two computer forest.
> So those of you with two terminals displays, let us know what you hate 
> about them, what you love, what you would do different.  Help me avoid 
> the mistakes I am destined to make without your help.
> Needless to say, Thank YOU!
> -- 
> Dick Flanagan K7VC
> dick at k7vc.com
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