At this point Flex Signature is in a solid position to take a commanding lead in remote capability for high performance radio. GL to the team at Dayton and looking forward to more enhancements and refinements in the high performance features.
All.. Im not in Dayton.. but monitoring new product releases and website press releases as they show things in Dayton.. (wish I was there).
I can say to you Walt that RHR has tapped into big contesting stations, many of which were already equipped with the K3 platform. so an easy infrastructure target. More expensive to replace transceivers than to add remote rigs :-).
That's not to say that the market is not rich for better technology when it presents itself however.. but it will take time. IMHO.
Still looking to add a 6000 series as a second radio. Just not sure which model I want to purchase.
Mark I hear you. I am a contester and DXer. I have had a K3 and been operating them for 8 years and also own a complete KX line. I have a number of contest titles and records, all achieved with my K line. I have been remoting using RRC and K3's at my K6LRG hilltop station for years now and am implementing another setup at N6RO currently. the K3 speak for themselves, top notch. But the remote tech is starting to fall behind a bit. an inability to get a pan display is disappointing and all the extra setup and equipment is a challenge.
My flex 6500 on the other hand can stand its own next to the K3 from a receive perspective but is a work in progress and getting regular updates. Gerald and the Flex team are working it through.. but the bottom line is the the new flex remote capability is on the cusp of a huge step forward. It already works in a lot of respects and continues to keep me engaged with every update. The team seems very interested in taking feedback from the contesting and DX community.
As a contester you will need the filters in the 6500/6700 to get the performance you will need. If you are interested in diversity or listening on 2 separate antenna feeds that narrows you down to the 6700 currently. In either case.. I sense a great future ahead for these rigs. Just a few more little pieces need to fall into place.