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Why I use multiple PC monitors
Many people often ask why I have so many monitors on the one computer. Well, it's quite simple, it enables me to maximise and minimise program windows when I want to. However, it may surprise you that only two of the monitors in the photo above are attached to my PC. One of the other monitors is actually a TV and the other one is attached to my amateur radio.
So let's run through what each one does.
- This is a Samsung TV, nothing more exciting than that I'm afraid. I have this TV here for two purposes. If I want to use ham radio but watch a football match or the Olympics at the same time then I can have it running without any sound but still keep an eye on the action Secondly, it is also connected to a camera in a bird box which is located at the front of my property. So if I'm not watching television I can keep an eye on the nesting birds
- This monitor is plugged into the back of my ICOM 7800 HF radio. All it really does is give you a larger display window to look at. So instead of having to look down at the radio, I got this monitor which is very easy to keep an eye on.
- This is a 24 inch monitor plugged into my PC. I normally have HRD open on this monitor which includes the logging window.
- This monitor is also plugged into the PC and helps me to extend my display. I have the HRD radio window open on this page. Let's say I need to make a frequency change, or I want to go split frequency, I can simply click the required buttons on the screen using my Kensington trackball mouse rather than having to touch the radio. Being able to operate my radio using my trackball mouse makes my life so much easier and this is why HRD is such a fabulous piece of software that any disabled radio ham should have installed on his PC.
In order to plug two monitors into your computer, you will require two different ports to do so. My computer has got a VGA and a DVI port. One thing to bear in mind is that your monitor may only have a VGA socket on the back. Obviously, if you've got a VGA cable then you can't plug it into a DVI port. However, what I did was to use a VGA to DVI converter which fits on the and other VGA cable and enables you to plug it into a DVI port.