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Re: Analog Vs Digital Radio

I'm not using a DSP-10, but I have the same problem with front panels. I've
been using computer-controlled transceivers since 1994 and the panel full of
buttons and knobs on the IC-821 now seems much harder to use. The
orientation and size of the keys on the computer keyboard and the
orientation of the knob on the tuning knob accessory make the
computer-controlled radio much easier to use. The computer display is also
much easier to read.

However, the IC-706 is probably not a fair comparison of digital and analog
radios. It is the worst radio that I've ever used in its ability to detect
weak signals. I could hear better with a Hallicrafters S-38C.



----- Original Message -----
From: "william washburn" <billwashburn@mediaone.net>
To: "AMSAT ORG" <amsat-bb@AMSAT.Org>
Cc: "Dsp-10" <dsp-10@qth.net>
Sent: Friday, 24 August 2001 01:52 UTC
Subject: [amsat-bb] Analog Vs Digital Radio

> Hello Folks,
> On 8/16/2001 I sent an email to the AMSAT reflector with
> a desperate plea for help with my first failed attempt to
> hear AO-40.  Many people replied and helped me achieve
> success on my next try.
> One respondent said that he had not heard of any other AO-40
> station using the DSP-10 transceiver except for mine.  His
> comment is partially responsible for this email.
> Last night I replaced the DSP-10 with my IC-706 and JPS NIR-12
> external DSP audio processor.  I had hoped that the change would
> make a difference in my ability to hear SSB.  It did not help.
> In fact it was not as good as the DSP-10.
> I have been using the DSP-10 for about a year now for 2M and as
> an IF for my transverters.  As I began using the DSP-10 I had
> to learn how to use a laptop computer to control the transceiver
> instead of the dials and knobs that are used on a standard
> transceiver.  Up until last night I was uncomfortable with this
> "no knobs or dials" approach.
> When I returned to the IC-706 and NIR-12 last night I found that
> I could no longer effectively tune in a signal with the old
> familiar knobs and dials.
> Much of my sensory input was gone.  There was no spectral display.
> There were no spectral peak or average readings to watch.  The
> waterfall display was gone.
> I guess what I am trying to say is that the additional information
> provided by the spectral display more than offsets the time needed
> to learn the keyboard commands.
> This is just my perspective.  Others may dislike software/DSP radios.
> For those who have not tried a software/DSP radio, however, I highly
> recommend it.
> Bill, WA6QGR
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