I almost doubled last year's score.
This year I used N1MM+ and CW Skimmer.
This is the first time I had figured out how to direct the Skimmer Server to the spotting function of N1MM+ so all my spots were only what my receiver could hear. It worked very nicely.
An hour before the end, I loaded the new updated version of SDR-Bridge and it seemed to work a little more smoothly.
Still no "big gun" score, but it is starting to get into respectable territory for barefoot and dipoles & verticals. My best score ever. Thanks for a great CW rig!
Let's hear what the big boys put up with their flexes!
Running 6500 barefoot, 160 Meter OCF Dipole at 38 ft. and Homebrew elevated vertical at 4 ft. with four radial sets under it.
Ken - NM9P
also on this side of the ocean things went very well.
I worked for 15 hours in two days (8+7) on 10/15/20 bands 2 elements and 100 watts of my 6300 - (Only rotary dipole and 25 watt on 40m).
In the beginning I was a bit skeptical, but the 6300 proved to be a strong and reliable rig. Never a bug or a fault, everything worked perfectly.
I used the new SDR bridge (1.1.1) and CWSkimmer as local cluster for QARTest contest software. In the end I collected 418 qso for a total score of about 183,000 pts; really not bad.
Just a note: it was really a pain having a contact with Idaho friends. Only once in 20m and 15m but no Lotw confirmation, so I have to wait for my WAS award.
After this experience I think that also the small 6300 can be considered a little war machine for contest usage. Really great.
Thank a lot Flex!
With just two wire antennas and a 500 watt amplifier, I decided that
Assisted High Power was the best way to make a good
The radio is my Flex 6500 which was a joy to use. The receiver is bulletproof with my antennas. The amplifier is a KPA500.
For software I used N1MM + and N4PY for radio control and to interface with a TMate 2 knob and button setup to run the Flex without losing focus from N1MM. Everything worked. Murphy must have lost my address.
I managed to stay in the chair for 20 hours, good for me. Here's my claimed totals -
Band QSOs Countries
3.5 92 42
7 156 56
14 373 87
21 284 75
28 252 68
Total 1157 328
That's my best ever in this contest and about 10% better than last year.
S&P Friday night for 3 hours and 10 hours on Saturday. Sunday mostly ran until the afternoon when I went looking for multipliers.
I do all the paddle work by hand with my Logikey keyer. When I was running Sunday I wished I'd hooked up the Winkey and set the macros. Next year for sure.
Bottom line - The Flex 6000 Series is a contester's radio!
73 de K1ESE
Band QSOs Pts Cty
3.5 6 18 5
7 34 102 29
14 105 315 48
21 114 342 31
28 63 189 20
Total 322 966 133
1 Mult = 2.4 Q's
Almost 15 hrs w/ 80w into a multiband dipole @35 ft. My first cw test w/ the 6300 and it's operation was flawless. I did not utilize skimmer except for my eyes and the panadapter. Nothing wrong w/ skimmer just giving full disclosure. I wish I had a great antenna farm, qro and true so2r features like the 6700 but they are beyond my means right now. Despite that I had a blast in this contest. Not because of the totals but because of my 6300.