Re: Designing OUR OWN rig!

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From: Dana Myers (myers@bigboy73.west.sun.com)
Date: Wed May 17 1995 - 17:23:00 EDT


> From bstaffor@dialin.ind.net Wed May 17 14:16:05 1995
> Date: Wed, 17 May 1995 09:36:29 -0500 (EST)
> From: Bob Stafford <bstaffor@dialin.ind.net>
> To: Alan Kaul <kaul@netcom.com>
> Cc: Paul Harden <pharden@aoc.nrao.edu>, adam@philadelphia.libertynet.org,
> qrp-l@netcom.com
> Subject: Re: Designing OUR OWN rig!
> Mime-Version: 1.0
>
> "Computer controlled rig" - does that mean I'll have to go out and buy a
> PC compatible that runs Windows? No Thanks.....
>
> bob N9USD

One of the rules we use around here (where I work) during a
brainstorming session is to avoid judging the ideas as they are being
discussed. Maybe this is a good rule for net.brainstorming, too.

Anyway, the idea is to build a radio which has some defined hardware
and software interface; another project is to build a user interface
which plugs into the radio. This user interface could indeed be
a Windows program on an x86, or it could be a Mac application. It
could even be a purpose built front panel that turns knob motions
into software commands and turns status from the radio into displays,
like on any modern radio. In fact, the beauty of defining a general
interface is that multiple front ends can be built, and even customized
to someone's particular taste.

So, a "no thanks" note like this, complete with anti-PC/anti-Windows
snobbery, really doesn't belong here (at least not yet ;-).

A more constructive note might be "Let's make the interface general
enough so that the user interface is not constrained to one particular
kind of computer and/or operating system. How about an RS-232 physical
connection with a simple, robust protocol?"

Dana
Dana.Myers@West.Sun.Com


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