Radio or Computer?

Discussion in 'Ham Radio Discussions' started by W0AEW, Dec 1, 2019.

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  1. N3PM

    N3PM Ham Member QRZ Page

    I did. It's great.
    Mike N3PM
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  2. KY5U

    KY5U Subscriber QRZ Page

    You can have both for $39.95!!

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  3. W4NNF

    W4NNF XML Subscriber QRZ Page

    Fine by me. I'll take a nice KWM-2...or even an HW-101. But can I have an IBM Selectric typewriter to go along with them? :)
  4. AA7QQ

    AA7QQ Ham Member QRZ Page

    Well, I'd keep the computer & SDRs. So long as my TT Pegasus is classified as an SDR (Won't work without a computer).

  5. W4RAV

    W4RAV Ham Member QRZ Page

    I've had a computer connected to my radio from the start. Old tube-rig with a Signalink, playing PSK31 all day. :)

    But now that I have more experience with SDRs, I'll never go back to the classics.
    It would be like going back to dial-up internet or having just a handful of over-the-air channels of TV to watch.

    Plus there's so much more I can do with a computer than I'd ever be able to do with just a radio alone.

    I feel so handicapped whenever I sit down to a stand-alone non-SDR. Get me off that horse-n-buggy and back into my race-car! :)
  6. VK4HAT

    VK4HAT Ham Member QRZ Page

    Keep the computer. If i want analog, I will build it.

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  7. W0AEW

    W0AEW Ham Member QRZ Page

    To answer my own question, I'd probably give up the computer (in the shack). The shack is way out of wifi/cable range, and I've never really warmed to digital modes although I occasionally play with the Olivia and similar modes, and use wspr for antenna projects. But the laptop stays in the house and is used for everything from getting the news, reading qrz, and ordering parts.

    So, I could give up having the computer with the rig, but not the computer per se.
  8. K3XR

    K3XR Ham Member QRZ Page

    Don't know what the deal is lately with the "What if" type threads. Maybe the Zed needs a new forum... Make Believe and Pretend.

    Kinda like working at Bed Bath and Beyond, in the Beyond department.
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  9. W0AEW

    W0AEW Ham Member QRZ Page

    In future speculations and fun questions and commentaries, I'll be sure to incorporate "what if" in the titles to avoid hurting the sensibilities of any snowflakes out there. :p
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  10. W4NNF

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    Yep. Maybe we could call it "Zed Else Worlds"... A curious place where amplifiers are illegal and 100-watts is QRO, every prospective ham has to pass a 35wpm code test, and amateur support of emergency services is forbidden. ;)
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