I may never have gotten motivated to do this without the 6500! It has made it a pleasure to operate all three modes -- Phone, CW and Digital. The wonderful filters and quiet receiver, coupled with smooth QSK and panadapter have made this DXer's dream come true! While all of the contacts were not made on the 6500, all of the most difficult ones, and all since Late August were made possible, and more fun, with the 6500.
Thanks a lot, FLEX!
Not on the radio a lot but when I am well impressed, another amateur radio friend popped over and see the flex working and went straight out and bought the 1500 to just 'Try it' and was very impressed.... so he could be another 6000 series user very soon....
That gives me 100+ LOTW confirmations on five bands - 40, 20, 17, 15, & 10 meters! Who Hoo!
But for the classic 5 band DXCC I still need 100 confirmed on 80 meters. I have 53 more to go! That will be the toughest band yet.
Ken - NM9P
Amen, the Flex has made a BIG difference in my operating habits and netted a bunch of new countries.
Ken I am in the same boat as you. Need to confirm 30 more on 80m for 5bdxcc.
My initial dxcc certificate I confirmed 114 with my cards of the past 35-40 years
but have been accumulating the remainder in LOTW plus 9 ATNO's in card form.
Am waiting for 5bdxcc and 200 on cw and ph (only a few away on both) then I will make
the next application with LOTW.
So I am at 253 confirmed in hand not including VP8SGI.
About 175 away from the Cup Challenge 1000 band modes as well.
Also, thanks to Gerald and the Flex family for your vision and changing ham radio as we knew it.
BTW: I know a fellow by the name of Dave Patton NN1N who has taken on LOTW as his baby (and company) making it the fine system it has become.
Dave and the ARRL have made tremendous contributions to the DXing game and are to commended as well in this world of instant recognition.
I agree that the pursuit was much more fun with the Flex. Maybe there should be a special "Achieved Entirely with Flex" DXCC.
I also have several thousand QSL cards. Yeah, they can be expensive but I like getting them from some of the more exotic locales.
My rationale: after buying a Flex, amp, tower, antennas, 1000 feet of LMR400 the extra cost of envelopes and stamps for 100 QSLs was insignificant. And it's kind of fun to look forward to getting the mail again, like when I was a novice hoping to get Iowa or Nebraska confirmed.