The MultiFlex has been tested in a contest environment. This is our contest report for the CQ WPX SSB contest
Class: M/2 HP
Operating Time (hrs): 48
Comments: Slow start as the storms moved in just as the contest started. Rained for hours with a 3 inch accumulation. The rain static and lighting QRN made for some slow times. After that, things started to improve for us.
We had three new operators on the team this year, Relu, NJ9R, Connor, KD9LSV and David, W9YES. Both Connor and David are Bradley University students and members of their ham radio club. Connor stayed the entire 48 hours and did some serious contesting! David had a senior project that needed his attention and just stayed for a few hours. They all contributed to the team effort and we appreciate their time at the station.
Prop seemed slower for us in the first 15 hours or so. After that, we had better luck with QSO rate and multipliers. Like others have noted, the bands were crowded and there was little wiggle room to run.
We tried something new this time. We were using an Alpha software version of FlexRadio V3.0 for multiFlex. This allowed us to use two Maestros on one 6600 per station into a PGXL amplifier. This is no different in one respect from having two radios interlocked, but only one radio to do the same thing. The main advantage was that we could interleave on the same stack and listen on a RX antenna full duplex giving us more gain. We would have to use outboard relays with any other setup to do the same thing. (Note that it would be easy to remote any of the clients)