With the recent sporadic E openings on 6 meters, I find I miss a feature I had on my K3 which is the ability to transmit CW while in USB mode. Currently, with the 6700, I have to change the mode to CW and drag the frequency up 600 Hz (or use XIT). By then it is often too late to make the contact due to the fast QSB on 6 meters and certainly destroys the fluidity of mixing CW and SSB as needed in a QSO. On the K3 while in USB mode (with CW on SSB enabled) I just have to start keying and the tone is put at the correct CW pitch for those listening in SSB mode. Is this being considered for the 6000 series?
6-meter DX needs a USB/CW easy switch between modes. It is very common for DX stations to run a breakable CW beacon while there is no apparent opening. Then, depending on signal strength, one needs an extremely easy way to switch between USB and CW wherein the CW tone doesn't change between modes. This is universally expected.
Anyone who suggests otherwise hasn't spent any serious time chasing 6-meter intercontinental DX.
Why the need to switch between modes or run multiple slices? (I understand George's technique is a work-around I'll have to try.) With "CW on SSB" enabled, effectively both modes are active at the same time. Press PTT and the mike is open. Use the keyer and CW is sent (with the proper offset so that the tone is heard properly by those listening on SSB). No other switching is needed. The only extra button press that may be needed is to shut off the beacon keyer for Mike's application
I like George proposal.
I setup the F6.7 on 6 meter with 4 or more slices.
I open one slice on 5.0 to hear and see the beacons, 50.1 for CW, 50.125 for SSB, 50.276 for Digital, etc...
I am just one mouse (TX) click away from operating in any portion of the band or mode.
I must add a K3 does not have that ability or capability to cover that amount of spectrum.
If the band opening is that marginal, the chances of you working/not working that station are slim to none.
I just fail to understand why are they buying Flex radios? If your K3 etc. can do so much more; Why change?
The function of having CW active with SSB is a great function.
And yes the K3 kx-3 has this ability. This is why I would actively request for Flex to have this ability.
Since I can compare both Flex suggestion fix " Like adding another slice" I can actually tell you that it is not as functional.
I am not wishing or thinking I am basing the request on reality .
On a personal preference note :
I did not like / appreciate the K-3 However the KX-3 is a totally impressive radio. Sherwood did not rate it as #2 because of the size .
So for me I am extremely fortunate to have both worlds .
Is having CW active in SSB a good reliable, usable, versatile , function Yes . I again vote for this to happen .
73, Bob, N7ZO
As I was deciding if I wanted to become a ham, my future Elmer used this technique to professionally end a trans-Pacific QSO from Oregon to Japan. I instantly understood how CW could augment and aid a voice conversation. That demonstration helped me decide to overcome my reluctance to learn CW and study to get my ham ticket. This is a great idea. (IMHO)
We participate in CW practice on 3970 each day. By combining the CW and SSB operation at the same time we are able to teach, correct, ask questions and guide those who wish to learn and improve their speed and accuracy.
I have been able to get by using two slices muting the CW slice and selecting the correct offset. , but of course I need to select one or the other mode to transmit. It would be wonderful to accomplish this without this workaround solution.