CQ CW WPX

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So, how many are putting the Flex to contest use in the CQ CW WPX contest going on ?

I am having fun, although the band conditions are not that great.
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Walt

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k3Tim

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I dabbled a bit.  Using straight (pump) key and no auto logging or spotting.  Around 0000z 10-meters was red hot.  Had a 5/8 Ringo ranger working South America, NZ, Somia (5W1SA), and HI.  
I tried pulling a very weak CW station who was adjacent to a blasting CW station.  The settable / brick wall filters really helped. 

Will try 40 meters at 03:00AM local time tomorrow.


k3Tim
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Eduardo Carvalho - KC8R

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So far my attic antenna is deaf in these conditions, and I've found two bugs with the Flex with N1MM.
1. N1MM gets stuck in what it thinks to be TX mode (Orange LED) when running using CWX it gets stuck in that mode after logging the first station when running. When I key with external keyer the problem is not there.
2. When running SO2V when changing focus on the logger, VFO A mutes the speakers. So I can't hear someone responding to my CQ. So can't run SO2V effectively.

I am running a 6300 with latest software. I will write these problems as issues later.

On the bright side, the filters are doing the trick. We will see if conditions improve, but I am way off my goal. Looks like it will be a long night.

Eduardo - KC8R
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km9r.mike

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I do not think the mute issue will be resolved w/ the 6300 until the so2r box comes out. I noticed the same in 1.38 but I did not expect the 6300 to be fully capable of this. The 6700 yes w/ the dual scu but for now I understand that the 6300 is not able to do so. 

I have compared filtering and overall receive of the 6300 w/ some k3's at a very well equipped and capable station and have got to say I wish flex was a part of that station. I keep dropping hints.

Please do not take that as an elecraft bashing but as more as a personal preference. Fatigue factor alone would decrease greatly imho and the k3 is not a fatiguing radio when compared to the majority cept a certain line of leading edge rigs ; )

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Charles - K5UA

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At 8:30 AM Sunday morning i'm at 790 Qs and score of about 1.3 million. Hoping to break the 1000 Qso level but 10 meters is dead and may have a rough time getting there. Still, having fun with the 6500 slicing and dicing the QRM in search and pounce mode mostly. 80m noise terrible, hope that V 1.5 has some QRN magic capability for future low band operation.
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Ken - NM9P, Elmer

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Alas, for the second year in a row, I have not been able to participate in CQWPX.  I had to be out of town for meetings.  I hope to jump on the next good contest...I am going through withdrawal!  I will moss Field day this year also.

Ken - NM9P
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Jon, EA2OT

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Hi all,

I used my Flex 6300 as second radio working SO2R with my contest call EF2A. It did an awesome job! I don ́t know how I have been living without a panadapter for S&P and with the Flex Control near the keyboard, saving lots of hand movement when changing from writing a call or a report to tunning the second radio.

Here you can see my setup and how I placed SmartSDR and N1MM+ in just one screen, avoiding head movements, and concentrating on the panadapter as soon as the run allows:



Using a ZBOX Nano fanless PC is more than enough to run SMartSDR without any issues, and it ́s really easy to transport.

Claimed new SOAB LP EA record thank ́s to the FlexRadio help findind stations as S&P with the SO2R setup.

73!
Jon, EA2OT (EF2A)
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Simon Lewis

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Jon do you have details of the microham connections??

thanks
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Jon, EA2OT

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Microham connections are well explained on the microham u2r manual on page 10. Just follow the instructions, and use the Yaesu Desktop wiring for the Microphone Foster 8 connector which is the same for any Flex Radio 6000 Series.
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Simon Lewis

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So you dont connect to the rear connection on the 6000?
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Jon, EA2OT

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No, just on the front ones. Microphone, Phones and Key cables.
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Simon Lewis

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Ok thanks i have an mk2r id like to use