Congrats to K9CT M/2 team. New Flex 6500/6700 contest station w/alpha version Maestro's...
Writeup on Craig K9CT's 3830 report...
You are wrong in your assumptions... the contest configuration envisioned at last year's Dayton Dinner would be a single 6300 with Maestro replacing 2 K3 to run SO2R for about 1/2 the cost of the equivalent K3 configuration and with significantly less cabling and clutter as you no longer need the microham or other associated stuff and cables to work SO2R
Here is a photo of the K3 Rat's nest clutter at NX6T Contest Station
Photo by NN6X
This picture is why we are hoping Maestro actually works better than our multiple K3S as a contest machine in SO2R There are so many crossing cables and ferrites that it has become almost impossible to troubleshoot anything.
The operators did not have to be shown how to operate...they just sat down and went to work. They loved the audio...every one said that. Each explored the Maestro menus and learned about it over the weekend. Not one glitch all weekend...not bad for Alpha software.
You should note that it is easy to interlock the transmitter on the Flex. Each pair of radios is considered one TX and they are interlocked. You can see the cables going from the TX3 relay to the Inhibit input on each radio. If you look through the pictures, you can see an operator signalling to the run operator that they have a multiplier to work. The bell is for each multiplier worked!
No RFI, IMD, ground loops, hum, distortion....just plain works and sounds great. You can easily see where to find a clear frequency to call CQ and you can also see lots of overdriven signals. You don't want to be next to them!
73, Craig K9CT
Can't tell you how many times in this weekend's ARRL DX SSB contest that I called a DX station only to hear him come back to K9CT ! Would have been more discouraged had I not seen photos and video of your amazing antenna farm. Very nice score.
Our single transmitter(Flex 6500)/two operator station managed 1412 qsos and about 1,615,000 points.
Been contesting with the 6500 for two years now. Glad to see a big-time station adopting the Flex. That should silence the naysayers.
See you in the pile-ups.
Can anyone tell me on the right monitor the 2nd box up from the bottom on the left side has two frequency readouts, what is that, Is it a N1mm+ window I have never seen it before
Flex Signature is rapidly starting to cement its position in contest shacks around the world and I feel like a kid in a candy store to be participating in this. Its very exciting.
Clay I am confident your patience will be rewarded.
Nick, N6KI wanted to show the amateur world that a Flex radio would never be able to compete against a K3 or KX3.
Mind you, My Flex-6700 was received just several weeks before the event and I was running SmartSDR ver.1.0. I bearably knew what the controls did and I had to call KY6LA to get instructions.
Now, we see contest stations and their operators are are forming different opinions of the Flex equipment and the cost savings to set them up.
Flex is becoming the contest radio of the future.
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