Ideas for a laptop for digital mode

Discussion in 'Ham Radio Discussions' started by K6BBC, Sep 13, 2018.

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  1. N1DQQ

    N1DQQ Ham Member QRZ Page

    I'm not familiar with that particular model number but the ThinkPad series are the rugged professional laptops. I recently went for my third laptop and bought a brand new ThinkPad T470s. I won't say what I paid for the custom package, but you can look it up for comparison. I also have a T30, and a T60, both with XP. If there was an upgrade path to Windows 10, I wouldn't have needed to get the new one. All of them are still in use for dedicated functions. Consider what $130 will buy at a computer store. This is for a complete computer, with Windows 10. Look at it this way; Buy Windows 10 and get a free computer. Google it and google it some more. Only you will know if it's right. has manuals and specs.
    Good luck.
    73, Dennis

    I just noticed that this model has a very small display. You might want a 14 inch or larger.
    Last edited: Sep 14, 2018
  2. K2WH

    K2WH Premium Subscriber Volunteer Moderator QRZ Page

    Tony, I'm using a Toshiba Satellite laptop and its work great on everything.

    Ebay and other sites have them pretty cheap.
  3. WA6MHZ

    WA6MHZ Subscriber QRZ Page

    I went to Hawaii with a tablet. it was a miserable experience. So then I bought a WIN 10 11inch laptop which did the trick much better! It was the same size, but with a SIGNALINK can do all the digital modes great! (and copy CW with FLDIGI!)
    The mini laptops are cheap, have full sized click style keyboard (I use a wireless mouse).

    SO that is what I reccommend, getting a mini laptop and a Signalink!
  4. WA6MHZ

    WA6MHZ Subscriber QRZ Page

    tablets are fine for Android aps, and that is about it
  5. KK6NOH

    KK6NOH Ham Member QRZ Page

    Thinkpad or bust for sure. They are just so dang rugged!
  6. N4MTB

    N4MTB Premium Subscriber QRZ Page

    +1 for the Lenovo ThinkPad. I have 4 at work that are used for automotive diagnostics and they truly take a beating and keep working. All of them have SSD hard drives too, that has to help.
  7. W4RAV

    W4RAV Ham Member QRZ Page

    This is the one I got....
    I keep in my "go kit".

    Cheap, fast, some mil-spec qualities (dust, liquid, etc.) and a solid-state drive.
    Handles everything I've thrown at it.

  8. K0RGR

    K0RGR XML Subscriber QRZ Page

    Before you commit to anything, check out this month's QST. There is a brief article about a 'Digital Appliance' for the popular digi modes. The author built his for about $400, but it could be done for less. You might not need some of his features.
  9. KK5JY

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    I don't get QST, but I can tell you that you can build a RasPi 3-based digimode computer with a touchscreen and stand for about $150. It will run fldigi, wsjt-x, etc., with the waterfalls and everything.

    I used one for Field Day for the last couple of years.
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  10. W8IXI

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    Whatever you get, make sure it has adequate (several hours) battery power. Laptop and tablet power supplies can be notoriously noisy band-killers.

    Good Luck!
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