[CQ-Contest] Size of Dual Monitors

Pete Smith N4ZR n4zr at contesting.com
Mon Mar 17 10:47:19 EDT 2014

I found it necessary to try a couple of pairs of drugstore readers 
before I found something that worked well. Why?  Because my monitors are 
farther from my normal operating position than I would normally hold a 
book.  The height point is an excellent one - you can feel the 
difference very quickly.  Mine are *just* below straight ahead.

73, Pete N4ZR
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On 3/17/2014 9:56 AM, Steve London wrote:
> My SO2R layout is essentially the same as Bill's. In addition to 
> having the monitor down low, I would also recommend a separate set of 
> computer-distance eyeglasses if you currently use bifocals. With 
> bifocals, you are constantly having to tip your head upward. If you 
> know your prescription, you can get a set of computer-distance glasses 
> for under $10 from www.zennioptical.com .
> 73,
> Steve, N2IC
> On 03/17/2014 07:19 AM, Bill Hider wrote:
>> Hi Dick,
>> Almost exactly 1 year ago, I was where you are now in the SO2R planning
>> stages.
>> Two quick things:
>> 1.  The monitor position you mention is too high.  Long-term neck, back,
>> head&  eye fatigue, or worse, may set in for operators who must look 
>> upward
>> at monitors for extended periods of time.  My experience in corporate
>> America bears this out.  Long ago, corporate and OSHA research have
>> determined that PC monitors must be viewed "downward"; lowering the 
>> users'
>> look angle to where the head is physically pointing down at the monitors
>> will reduce such physical stress.
>> 2. When I did the monitor size research you are asking for, I measured
>> dozens of monitors at local PC big-box stores.  I used the monitors' 
>> visible
>> screen area, in square inches, as my unit of measure.  I wanted to 
>> maximize
>> the visual (PC desktop) real estate and minimize the actual desktop
>> footprint since I was able to design my shack operating position from
>> scratch.  I learned that the square monitor did not provide optimal real
>> estate.  So, I went with the modern flat-screen format.  My process of
>> measuring monitors' visual screen area allowed me to more precisely 
>> simulate
>> my operating conditions for placement of my N1MM windows before I 
>> purchased
>> anything.  I ultimately selected LED screen technology.
>> And after 9 months and 14 contests using my new shack, I am quite 
>> pleased
>> with these two decisions.
>> I recommend you take a look at my complete write-up on all this on my
>> website for further details.
>> My website: http://users.erols.com/n3rr
>> Click on any of the SO2R links.
>> I'll be glad to answer any further questions you may have.
>> 73!
>> Bill, N3RR
>> -----Original Message-----
>> From: CQ-Contest [mailto:cq-contest-bounces at contesting.com] On Behalf Of
>> Dick Flanagan
>> Sent: Monday, March 17, 2014 4:29 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.  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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