ARRL and Sherwood testing?

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Just curious mostly. I didn't see a post about this in the last 6 months, but I'm wondering why we still haven't seen any 6000 testing by the ARRL or Sherwood? The posts I saw in the past said that they weren't sure exactly how to measure/test it (?) but seems like they would have figured out a way by now. I know how well my 6700 works, it would just be nice to see it confirmed by people who usually test these things so that the rest of the world knows.
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Robbie, I do know that the ARRL very recently purchased a FLEX-6700. I don't know when they will publish the review though. I can confirm that there are ongoing discussions between a number of parties in the industry about how to properly perform receiver testing on direct sampling receivers. Legacy receivers get worse with increasing signal strength while direct sampling receivers actually get better. The ARRL described this phenomenon a couple years back in a sidebar article about their testing of the SDR-IQ. I know enough to say I don't think you will be disappointed. I think that all parties who do these these things genuinely want the data to be meaningful and accurate.