Even my portable station has at least one computer for the various digimodes. Often there are four machines running in my shack each handling some communications task on one band or other. A fast pentium III machine is sufficient for most radio tasks.
Sometimes my old Windows 95 Laptop is a bit of an embarrassment as its real time clock loses time due to the decoding overheads of some modes. But hey its not worth much so I don't loose much sleep when its out portable.
The main operating position and the KENWOOD rigs.
The TS790 and TS870 are getting on now but still give superb performance. The TS790E has the 23cm module fitted. Recently I did the mod and made it a TS790A, this in fact gave it a new lease of life as the E model has no CTCSS enabled.
The computer in the photo was a red hot gaming machine in 1999 which means it has not fallen behind too far in performance. Unlike my other Desktop which was a High Street junk heap of the same era. Incapable of turning round a 1.2 M pixel photo until I worked on it. It is interesting to see that ALL the High Street sheds are still doing the same i.e. downgrading performance even of known brands to sell at a lower price and larger profit.
Big shops big names big overheads so they have to fleece Joe Public.
(c) G3ZJO 2006 All material is the intellectual property of the author,all opinions are solely personal,true and accurate to the knowledge experience and observations of the writer