[CQ-Contest] Size of Dual Monitors

Dave Hachadorian k6ll.dave at gmail.com
Mon Mar 17 09:48:30 EDT 2014

For so2r, there is no need for two computers.

Why two monitors?  If you have a single decent sized 1920x1080 
(~22") monitor near your face, you can fit a ton of stuff on the 
screen, and still have readable fonts.  During a RTTY contest, I 
typically have four digital windows, two band maps, a Telnet 
window, and statistics windows open, in addition to the usual two 
qso entry windows and log.  You do have to be efficient in your 
use of space, sizing the windows to the minimum necessary, but 
it's not hard to do.

Dave Hachadorian, K6LL
Yuma, AZ

-----Original Message----- 
From: Dick Flanagan
Sent: Monday, March 17, 2014 1:29 AM
To: cq-contest at contesting.com
Subject: [CQ-Contest] Size of Dual Monitors

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. 
displays will be side-by-side and supporting all of the
contesting/logging/propagation windows driven by one central 
computer.  I could be talked into having two computers--one for 
display--but I would appreciate if that discussion were held 
another day.

Today I am looking for assistance in choosing the proper LED 
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 
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 
about them, what you love, what you would do different.  Help me 
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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