The 6300 performed flawless without a single hiccup. I only worked stations for half the day, but managed 180 contacts and 65 countries. The auto tuner in the 6300 tuned anything I through at it.
Can't wait for the future software enhances to improve what is already a great radio. Keep up the good work! Love it!
GL in the contest. I'll be up very early for some 40 meter work.
Since I spend a lot of time fiddling with my antennas, I need a radio that will get me contacts fast. The 6300 fits this bill perfectly. I also don't need more slices, because I can't watch more than one band at a time anyway. So for my situation, the 6300 is perfect!
I have an indoor antenna in my attic which work ok for daily ragchewing and DX to Europe, but its way to noisy for contesting. So for contest, its all temporary antennas erected on my back deck. You can see some of these antennas on my QRZ page.
The 6300 will be my last radio for a long time, it fits all my current radios into one small package, It does everything all my other radios can do wrapped together.
I hear most talking about the serious contester, but what about us casual contesters. I do not sit on a frequency and collect QSO's, I search for them. This is where the SDR's shine! A simple glance of the waterfall tells me all I need to know. It increases my QSO rate exponentially.
Well I am done with another good contest. Running a Flex 6500 in the ARRL International DX SSB contest for the second time. SOAB Low Power
FIrst time was a win in my section and division. This year is to be seen but the score was even better. About 23 hours total BIC time.
Total Contacts = 816
Total Points = 663,408
Total multipliers were 271.
Total Contacts by Band and Mode:
Band CW Phone Dig Total %
---- -- ----- --- ----- ---
80 0 38 0 38 5
40 0 103 0 103 13
20 0 163 0 163 20
15 0 211 0 211 26
10 0 301 0 301 37
-- ----- --- ----- ---
Total 0 816 0 816 100
Put in 24 hours and 24 minutes.
Barefoot, with 160 OCF Dipole at 38 ft. and my homebrew 40/20/15/10 elevated vertical at 8 ft. with 4 sets of elevated radials. All S&P action. I don't think my antennas are quite good enough to "Run" a frequency yet. Next year, perhaps...
This year's score is 2 1/2 times better than last year's score of 202,800 with which I won the Indiana Section Single Op Low Power Unlimited Class. (Score was reduced to 191,484 after log corrections )
I put in a few more hours this year, and used N1MM+. Last Year I used N3FJP's contest program.
I wonder how well I will be able to do with a tower and Log Periodic?
Next year, I might try to master SO2R, , or try running a frequency.etc.!
Ken - NM9P
I had much more fun during the CQWW than the ARRL contest, conditions were poor most of the time, I stopped 3 hours before the end of the contest, and had plenty of rest and sleeping times, there were no takers and I did worked every contester who was calling from NA on 20 meters, got all the states except KY and NE,and I had plenty of time to bother contesters from Alaska and Hawaii !
It was so bad, I was calling for long time periods which tempted callers from every where to find out which country I was calling from I was using my 9K9Z contest call.
The waterfall was fully packed on my screen, but it always comes to the rescue when I have to fined a better spot to work, I set it up slow enough to see longer time periods with a brighter intensity to make sure that these openings are really free with minimum splatter. It works every time with no time wasted.
For those who say that the Flex is not a real radio, I would reply it is way much more than that, it is absolutely a real radio with virtual reality.