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. An 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.
A few more upgrades later, the system now comprises of:
- Asus M5A 78L-M motherboard
- 8 core Processor
- Corsair CX-650, 650W PSU
- 32GB RAM
- Samsung 500 GB SSD (drive C)
- WD 2TB hard drive (drives D, and E)
- Seagate 2TB hard drive (drives F, and G)
- Nvidia GTX-1650 graphics card – 3x HDMI version
- 2 x HP 24FW widescreen LCD monitors
- Logitech wireless keyboard and multi-function mouse
- Windows 10 Professional
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.
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.
Details of radio related software in use can be found here.