[CQ-Contest] Size of Dual Monitors

Tonno Vahk tonno.vahk at gmail.com
Mon Mar 17 11:03:31 EDT 2014

To add to what has been said - if you want to do long contests in SO then
certainly the key issue is to minimize the need to move your head. This
means not putting the monitors too high (as was said) and also avoid having
to look right and left too much. You can have two monitors and the larger
the better naturally but try to concentrate the important info in the

Another important thing is to get monitors with adjustable height. Better
also angle, etc. Because you often want to adjust them given how you
position your other controls. If you have monitors standing on the rig then
you might want to put some control boxes in front of them and slightly raise
the monitors thus...

And for the record on the topic of another day - 2 computers are simply so
much more efficient and flexible for SO (plus backing up each other in case
of failure) that should be certainly considered when doing SOAB! I admit it
is more costly of course...


-----Original Message-----
From: CQ-Contest [mailto:cq-contest-bounces at contesting.com] On Behalf Of
Dick Flanagan
Sent: Monday, March 17, 2014 10:29 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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