Shack Computers

Main Computer

Like almost every other radio ham, I use a computer for log keeping, digital modes and other tasks.
For the majority of computing processes in the shack I employ the use of a home built Windows PC.

The hardware was originally based around an ECS GF8100vm-m5 motherboard with 4GB RAM and a 500GB hard drive.

This machine started showing a problem with one of the SATA channels. At very infrequent random periods data would get corrupted – not good. Therefore, I replaced the motherboard before I lost any crucial data.

A nice new Asus M5A78L-M is now installed as the replacement for the ECS motherboard.

Upon replacing the motherboard, I also installed a new larger hard drive and decided that due to the amount of use the machine had seen a new PSU would be in order.

The system now comprises of:

  • Asus M5A 78L-M motherboard
  • AMD Quad Core FX-4300 Black Edition Processor
  • Corsair CX-650, 650W PSU
  • 8GB RAM
  • WD 2TB hard drive (partitioned to drive C, and E)
  • Seagate 2TB hard drive (drive D)
  • Nvidia GT610 graphics card
  • 2 x LG L1718S Flatron LCD monitors
  • Logitech wireless keyboard and multi-function mouse
  • Windows 10 Professional

While the Nvidia graphics card is not the best, it was the only one available at the time to support dual monitors and the previous monitors I was using. With the exception of the case, the Nvidia is the only original part of the system.

Originally installed on this machine was Windows 7 professional. I took advantage of Microsoft’s free upgrade offer to get a fully licenced version of Windows 10 Pro. Admittedly, I didn’t really like the initial version of Windows 10 and went back to Windows 7.

Details of radio related software in use can be found here.

Secondary Computer

Even though this machine is described as the “secondary computer”, it’s still quite important in my shack. This computer is a DEll OptiPlex 755 SFF (Small Form Factor).

Almost unaltered from it’s original configuration of an Intel dual core E4600 processor running at 2.4GHz. I have added an extra 4GB RAM I had laying around to bring it up to 6GB. Also changed the original 160GB hard drive for a 1TB Seagate drive.

Running under Windows 10 Pro is Ham Radio Deluxe (HRD), and a couple of other radio related applications. HRD has grown in popularity, the original version was written by a radio amateur who distributed it for free. It is now a paid-for commercial product.

The current version of HRD can be found here or the last ever FREE version can be found from my downloads page or direct download.

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