[CQ-Contest] SDR's have knobs too!

Neal Campbell nealk3nc at gmail.com
Fri May 9 16:01:46 EDT 2014

Its interesting that knobs seems to be a stumbling block when considering
SDRs but once you own one for a couple of weeks, the issue is never raised
again (except when a visitor comes). Like Stu, I also use knobs during
contests. An innovative person has written software that allows me to use a
Hercules MP3 controller (a small box like DJs use at parties) that provides
a version of the remote VFO knob on steroids.

The biggest stumbling block I have seen isn't knobs but integration of the
various "receivers" of an SDR into a multi-radio setup for Writelog/N1MM.
We now have the capability to run 4 copies of skimmer, each fed from a
separate "receiver" from a SDR with WRitelog treating the radio as SO4V.

This is still a work in progress but we have already gone to a point of no
return, the rewards will be too great to not see it through. Then we can
get more and more people operating SOxV with them and start the incremental
improvements needed.


Neal Campbell
Abroham Neal LLC

On Fri, May 9, 2014 at 1:29 PM, Stu Phillips <stu at k6tu.net> wrote:

> Ed,
> Software Defined Radios have knobs - and if you want, more than one!
> So let¹s debunk this myth once and for all:
> 1. Software Defined Radios can and do have knobs
> 2. Don¹t let knob-itism get in the way of appreciating the better
> capabilities
>    offered by software defined radios.
> I respect folks who like their knob based radios - and indeed, I use knobs
> with my SDR based station and wouldn¹t be without it.
> But I would never go back to a non-SDR radio - the experience and the
> advantages are simply too compelling.
> Stu K6TU
> On 5/9/14, 9:49 AM, "Edward Sawyer" <SawyerEd at Earthlink.net> wrote:
> >There might be an app for sex too - but that doesn't mean its better or
> >more
> >enjoyable than the real thing.
> >
> >
> >
> >A lot of us like turning the big knob.  And as SO2R ops know - 2 big knobs
> >are better than 1 big knob ;-).
> >
> >
> >
> >Just because its possible - doesn't make it better.
> >
> >
> >
> >Ed  N1UR
> >
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