I sure do have to agree with Del in his experiences with the Omni Six
under contest conditions. As I have mentioned (too many times!), I used my
Omni Six on several occasions, operating the 80 m position at the W3LPL
contest station and have never noticed that kind of problem. As a matter of
fact, I can say that the very opposite is true.
First, W3LPL is a long-time multi-multi contest station who typically
major contest, be it CQ WW DX or the ARRL DX test. The different band
positions at LPL are about 8 -10 feet apart and each band position has a
separate 1500 watt output 4-1000 amplifier. Durning a contest, each band
position has two operators for the entire duration of the contest. A very
heavy RF environment without a doubt. However the station has been designed
to handle these environments.
When I was there, the 160m position, which was about 8 feet away from
80m position, when keyed would completely overload the Kenwood TS950SDX .
But at the same time, while sharing the same antenna with the TS950SDX, the
Omni Six was not affected at all and could continue with normal operations.
It will be interesting to see if just changing to another brand of radio
will fix the RF environment of the KH7 contest station.
* Tom - - W4BQF*
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