After years of dithering, I’m finally convinced that I need to use an SDR. After Dayton I put a deposit down on a Maestro and I’m currently dithering about which 6000-series to buy. I’ve read Flex’s description but I’d sure like some advice from current owners.
Here’s a bit of information about my operation:
Since the early 90’s I’ve used the same Omni VI, a decent antenna farm, and more recently, an elderly Heathkit SB-220 with an Ameritron QSK box (talk about three boxes that don’t want to play well together).
Almost all of my operating is HF CW DXing, but I do dust off the mic from time-to-time. I really don’t seem to enjoy digital modes much (maybe because I worked at a keyboard for many years).
I also try to put North Dakota on the air for most of the ARRL CW contests, but I’m not a serious contester. Serious contesters, however, do often visit and use the station for phone contests. Since ND is a rare-bird, we can usually plant ourselves on one frequency and let people come to us.
Although my station location usually has a very low noise-level, I do have a neighbor who is a fairly active RTTY ham. Our antennas are only 200’ apart and when he is on the same band, my poor old Omni is compromised. We try not to interfere with each other, but it happens.
Any advice regarding the selection of a 6300, 6500, or 6700 would be appreciated.