I’ve completed the update of my ham shack, installing a Windows computer and getting the software and connections generally into place. As noted previously, I’ve installed a desktop computer running Windows XP using N1MM and MMTTY for contesting and just started using DX Lab Suite for day to day operation. The updates this weekend were the new deskpad along with a row of LED lights just above the K3 & P3. I also moved the power supply and routed the cables a bit differently.

Still getting the setup for DX Lab Suite into shape for my operating preferences. There is just so much more going on than with the Mac logging packages. So many more options to select and configurations to sort through. That means it’s very flexible but quite challenging as well.

Tried out the CW capabilities of DX Lab Suite using the Winkeyer by working TX5K on Clipperton Island. That was a new country for me. It took me a little while to sort out the CW macros and then to actually get the QSO recorded in the logbook. Still, a nice one to start with. Now I’m trying to work them using RTTY.

I’ve also done a little bit of work setting up the PSK side of things. I’m not nearly as excited about using that mode. Perhaps its the contest side that I’m most interested in. Next up is the NA RTTY Spring this coming weekend.

Thanks for tuning in. I hope to see you in the log!

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Jim-K5ND

Freelance writer and active Scouting volunteer. Retired publishing and communication executive who writes for fun and to finance his hobby, amateur radio.

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