As an owner of a contest station I am continually evaluating new technology. As a contester I have been hesitant to take my 6500 into battle. Well the weekend brought me some time, and so I decided to do a test run of my flex, using N1MM + in the recent NAQP CW contest. I operated in very simple conditions, not from my contest station but with a SteppIR dipole on my roof of my neighborhood QTH and low power. Although this was a very limited test the concept of contesting with this rig Its showing definite early promise. Combined with K6TU control I was able to operate effectively and was shocked of amount of stations worked in a short time from such a meager neighborhood setup. With the added benefit of seeing everything going on as a great side benefit.
I am very excited for more improvements that will add additional contest features to this rig. As the folks that make those popular little black boxes (that are just a bit down the sherwood scale) out there have found out.. if the contesters embrace the platform... Game on!
Keep up the good work and excited for 1.4!
I will post more as my efforts,testing and scores get more serious.. and try more modes.