|Shack Computer Front View|
One of the biggest issues I saw with my previous shack computer(s) is sharing it with my personal use. By the time I downloaded all the other non-ham radio related stuff and loaded all of my other non-ham programs, I feel this led to much of the decreased performance I would see. This new computer will simply be a dedicated shack computer. There were times with my old computer, when sending CW with my contest software, I would see inconsistent sending speeds. Apparently the processor was a bit busy to handle my constant F-KEY and call stacking requests along with all the other garbage running in the background.
|Shack Computer Rear View|
Of course, the main compliment to this hardware is the 16GB of available RAM. This will allow multiple programs to run at the same time with ease. When I got the unit home, I did throw in a serial port card for those older interface cables that I have for my Rigblaster's, etc. My real work now begins as I pull everything from the old backup drive and install it on this machine. I'm looking forward to getting this machine totally configured and once again having a stable but much faster shack computer. I have plenty of room to add on additional hardware if the need arises. Now my next hurdle will be to find the desk space to accommodate two computer screens. Being spoiled with dual screens at work, it's something I've wanted to do in the shack as well. As my eyesight continues to get worse, the wide and much larger computer screens are invaluable. With this new computer, it's obvious it will be main brain behind any AK7DD operating. I'm just hoping it will last much longer than my last.