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K3ZXP
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« on: April 05, 2009, 06:05:30 AM »

I am going to purchase my first Mac. It will be used fr Ham Radio, logging,rig operation etc. It will also be used for normal activities such as email, store photos, watch videos, manage music collection surf the surf the web etc.  My question is this, should I get a MacBook or a 15" MacBook Pro. Or would I be better off getting an iMac for main use and a 13" Mackbook for ham radio and portable use. Also can any one suggest a place on the web for Ham Radio Mac users?
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« Reply #1 on: April 06, 2009, 09:25:00 PM »

I have no experience with the Macbook, but I love my iMac. If I could afford it I would definitely go with the iMac for the shack and a Macbook for portable/Field Day operating. Here's a few Mac ham radio apps.

http://machamradio.com/

http://www.geocities.com/SiliconValley/Bay/5899/

http://homepage.mac.com/WebObjects/FileSharing.woa/wa/default?user=kd6cji&templatefn=FileSharing11.html&xmlfn=TKDocument.11.xml&sitefn=RootSite.xml&aff=consumer&cty=US&lang=en

http://www.w1hkj.com/FldigiHelp/index.html

http://homepage.mac.com/chen/w7ay/Site/Applications/index.html
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KI4UCO
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« Reply #2 on: April 13, 2009, 01:12:22 PM »

I have been an AVID mac user since 1994 and LOVE 'EM! I'm in the video production business and 99% of my video's are done on a Mac. If it were me, I'd pool my money and get the MacBook Pro with the fastest processor and all the RAM you can afford. That way, it will last for more years than a comparable WinTel PC. I have a 17" Powerbook that I bought in 2004 and it's still kickin' butt. As a matter of fact, I just returned from a road show where i used it as my on-site edit system. As fas as Ham radio software, check out this company in addition to the ones from the previous post; http://www.blackcatsystems.com/

If you are into Echolink, Google "EchoMac" and you can be up and running in no time. Good luck and enjoy!

73, de Todd
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KI6YAH
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« Reply #3 on: April 29, 2009, 11:27:16 PM »

Check out these programs directly from apples website.

http://guide.apple.com/action.lasso?-database=MacOSGuide&-layout=cgi_search&-search&-response=ussearch/hitlist.html&-maxrecords=20&-noresultserror=uscategories/noresultscat.html&cfc=500
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KE6WNH
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« Reply #4 on: July 07, 2009, 10:38:15 PM »

Try for a refurbished PowerBook G4 which has Leopard installed on it---then you can have the best of both worlds. The G4s are older than the MacBooks, but mine has the advantage of also being able to run older software which won't run on the MacBooks (to wit, the now-discontinued Appleworks 6.2.7)

Stay away from the G3s though... they have the irritating habit of switching off in the middle of a job, and eventually they'll refuse to boot up at all.
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KD6ANF
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« Reply #5 on: July 23, 2009, 10:05:10 AM »

I completely agree with Martin, KE6WNH. You may want to seriously consider an older PowerMAC G4. They're very inexpensive on the used market and offer the best bang for the buck. I purchased a used PowerMAC G4 - 450 for $200.00 back in '04 and it has NEVER failed, crashed or required a reboot. Earlier this year I picked up another PowerMAC G4 - 500 at the TRW swap for $26.00, yes, that's twenty six dollars. It was in excellent condition for it's age, had 512 MB RAM, 3 SCSI disc's, two SCSI controllers, two video cards and a DVD-RAM drive including two DVD-RAM cartridges. The seller also GAVE me an extra CD-RW, two IDE HD jumper cables and a couple of bezels for the front, which were needed for another project. These older MAC's will boot-up into OS9 and OSX, fairly easy to upgrade and are VERY reliable. If you need more of a speed bump look into a used PowerMAC G5 which are now also becoming a bargain. The "PowerMAC's" are the most reliable type of home computer available. I also have a SUN Workstation at home which is very proprietary, but that's another story.  Also, please keep in mind that the "MAC's" Apple has been producing the last four years or so have "intel processors inside", which may or may not be an influencing factor.

Best regards

george potter   KD6ANF
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W0KAN
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« Reply #6 on: July 30, 2009, 11:03:13 AM »

Look around for an Apple Mini. For example I've noticed that Microcenter is running a $449 closeout special on the previous generation 2.0 GHz model.

Brand new in the box with full warranty.
1GB of RAM
120 GB Hard drive
DVD Burner
Wireless ethernet

The computer is small enough that it fits anywhere and is very quiet.
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WA9YSD
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« Reply #7 on: August 08, 2009, 03:55:58 AM »

What logging software are you using?

Jim
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K3ZXP
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« Reply #8 on: August 09, 2009, 12:52:17 PM »

Jim haven't made the switch yet but after a lot discussion and debate I have decided on a 15" Mac Book Pro.  Haven't decided on a logging program yet.

Dave
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WA9YSD
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« Reply #9 on: August 09, 2009, 08:27:01 PM »

Some are using Windows emulators and run their Windows logging program.  I opted not to use them for various reasons, so I looked at different logging programs and settled on one.  Funny what you give up on a logging program that you use to use and find out that you did not need some of Windows logging program's features that you were in a habit of using.

Jim
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