One Monitor or Two?

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I am configuring my station in anticipation of shortly receiving my 6600M.  I casually operate SSB, CW and the digital modes.  I plan to have a Windows 10 computer under the desk.  I will mount the monitor(s) on the brick wall above and behind the desk.  Are there particular advantages to having one 32-inch monitor (with two HDMi inputs) vs two adjacent 24- or 27-inch monitors?  I will likely not use logging or other digital software other than that needed to operate FT8 and RTTY.  Thank you.  
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Neil D Friedman N3DF

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Bob Gerzoff, WK2Y

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I started out thinking the way you were, and look where I am now. Personally, I prefer multiple medium sized screens.   I like being able to snap to full screen rather than always resizing on large screen.   I may replace the little screen with another 27 inch.I just happened to have it and once I hooked it up, I found it very handy.   I can pretty well promise you,  once you get the Flex, you will going places and trying things you never thought you would and you will want a lot of things open at once..  I would get as much screen territory as you can manage. 73, Bob WK2Y
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Al / NN4ZZ

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Hi Neil,
You will likely get a lot of differing feedback and a lot is personal preference and operating style.  I have (3) 27 inch monitors on gas shocks so I can keep them at eye level without having to look up or down.  They are angled so I can easily see all three.  I find it to be comfortable and easier to work with than a single larger monitor.   Three monitors allows me to display SSDR, VE7CC spotting, a log program, QRZ,  and CW Skimmer as well as my email program.   Although you didn't mention CW Skimmer, you may decide to use it at some point, it is really a nice tool.

   

Al / NN4ZZ  
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Bob Gerzoff, WK2Y

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Gas shocks?  That would be nice.  Got a link by any chance?
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Corey/ KC0YNS

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I'd like that also, Corey
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Al / NN4ZZ

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I have 5 of these from Amazon.  The (2) 7Flex  are for my speakers, the (3) 7500 for my 27 inch monitors.  Expensive but allows you to position thing exactly where you want them.  Links below.



https://www.amazon.com/gp/product/B000PKU5M8/ref=oh_aui_search_detailpage?ie=UTF8&psc=1

https://www.amazon.com/gp/product/B002MAWDRO/ref=oh_aui_search_detailpage?ie=UTF8&psc=1


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I use 3 monitor's also 1 32" Curved screen with 2 24" ones on each side of the main, I do have an upgraded video card to support all 3 on a Win 10 desktop. I use 2 hard drives as well with C drive being a 256g SSD for the Flex and related programs and D for a 2 Terabyte for all else.  
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How far away is your "wall mount" going to be?   You might be better off to mount your monitors on adjustable arms.    Something like: https://www.amazon.com/Monitor-Adjustable-Computer-Management-HUANUO/dp/B072J1CSCD/ref=sr_1_7?ie=UTF...

It really will depend upon how much you use your computer for things but having the monitors too far away might be uncomfortable.  With adjustable arms you can push them back or bring the forward!
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My desk is 27 inches front to back.  I thought that wall mounting might give me a little more elbow room when using the 6600M's front panel.  However, it looks like the gas check arms would work well.

If I have two screens, am I correct that I can use SSDR in the 6600M, with the HDMI connector feeding one monitor, while my Windows computer can use DAX to work CWskimmer or the digital modes and feed the second monitor?

Thanks for your help.
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Hi Neil,

I don't have a 6600M so I am not sure what exactly it will be able to do.  I have the old 6500 workhorse.

I am hopeful you are correct that the HDMI port on the 6600M can feed a monitor full time while your computer and the other monitor use DAX.  

Perhaps there are more knowledgeable people on board here but having never seen on I would be guessing.
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It might be overkill but I actually am running a single 55" 4k monitor.  Its a TV but works really well as a monitor.  I watch movies on it and surf the internet, youtube, etc.   For radio work, it is like having 4 27" monitors.  Each 1/4 of the screen houses a full sized application.  I can run SmartSDR in 1/4 of the screen, HRD logging, cw skimmer, HRD Digital Master 780 and a browser.  No problem.

The nice thing is that it is in my den and in the evenings I occasionally will watch a 4k movie on it.

Have fun!

Norm - W7CK
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I use two 24 inch monitors and I have the ability to add a third monitor if I need to do so. Three moniors would mean medium (midway between major and minor) surgery on my station. This is the reson why I haven't added a third monitor yet. You would not believe all of the windows I have open while I operate: display/control windows for various ham radio accesory devices (tuners, amplifiers, etc.) and various ham radio applications as well as my Flex 6700. I think I will soon add another 24 inch monitor. You cannot have too much screen space. There is always something else. I also keep a browser, Chrome, open at all times while I operate.

Brad
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Get 4K monitors, you can always select larger fonts if necessary.
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Neil D Friedman N3DF

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If the 6600M does nonsupport 4K, are 4K monitors still of use?
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Sounded like the OP was looking for monitors for the Win 10 computer
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Neil D Friedman N3DF

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Well, I would like to use the 6600M's HDMI output as well as Win 10 computer's output for digital modes
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You may not want too many monitors then.  You'll have to leave enough room on the desk so you can reach and operate the 6600M.   I have the 6700 and have it off in another area.  Its not on my desk which leaves plenty of room for keyboard, mouse, key, FlexControl, and a large monitor, or a couple smaller ones.  

If you feel you want to have a separate display just for the 6600M, you'll be using a lot of desktop rel-estate.  Picture it at your desk and try to visualize multiple monitors and a giant 6600M sitting within comfortable reach. Besides, once you're displaying the 6600M content on a screen, you'll most likely want to have all of the control functions there too (SmartSDR).  You'll have the mouse in your hand for logging, digital, and other functions.  You may as well control the rig the same way.   I couldn't figure out why the M models, when a smaller transceiver and separate Maestro seemed much more versatile and uses less space. 

Norm - W7CK