[CQ-Contest] Flex Radio Question

Rudy Bakalov via CQ-Contest cq-contest at contesting.com
Thu May 8 00:04:30 EDT 2014

And this is precisely the issue- the issue of window focus where you have to click on the logger before you can start typing and then click again on the SDR software before you can click on the panadapter.  These are all wasted clicks. Ideally you want to avoid shifting focus and perform all functions concurrently. You also want to multitask with your hands- perhaps adjust the RF gain with one hand while typing with the other.

Has nothing to do with computer skills.

Rudy N2WQ

Sent using a tiny keyboard.  Please excuse brevity, typos, or inappropriate autocorrect.

> On May 7, 2014, at 9:14 AM, "Ron Settle" <settleron at comcast.net> wrote:
> A simple click on the panadapter, a click on N1MM, type in the call sign and
> go.  It was the first contest I used the Flex in that I was able to get this
> method down pat... not a year.
> The only enhancement I'd like to see in the SDR software is incorporation of
> the band map on the panadapter screen.  Imagine all your multipliers on a
> conveyer belt ready for you to call!!
> I use the point and click method to move around in a DX pileup, watching the
> panadapter to learn the dx stations calling habits and then placing my
> signal in the nearest trough as he works his way up the band.  I find this a
> very convenient method of operation, almost like cheating.
> Now to qualify my statements, I work with a computer day in day out 12 to 16
> hours a day.  I am very comfortable with them.  I make my living with them.
> I use 3 monitors in my station, 1ea 27", 2ea 24" all tied to the same CPU.
> This makes for a very large computer desktop.  I use a track ball instead of
> a mouse. My station is highly automated (computer controlled steppir,
> computer controlled rotator, auto tuners, automatic antenna switching). All
> these thing add up to making my SDR very easy for me to operate in dxing and
> contesting. 
> I think you are going to find in your study is that someone that is very
> comfortable with a computer will take to an SDR like a duck to a pond.  But
> the less computer initiated will probably feel clumsy and uncomfortable with
> an SDR and will prefer the good old traditional knob radio.
> 73
> Ron
> WM9Q
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