[CQ-Contest] Flex Radio Question

Tod Olson tod at k0to.us
Tue May 6 22:59:03 EDT 2014


My questions are intended to prepare me for a serious look into acquiring
an SDR as a radio I might use for contest operating. This may be the third
time that I have investigated the subject during the last decade. While I
have built and operated the small SDR kits and have a friend who built
multi band transceiver using the kit design, I always felt that there were
things that kept the SDR¹s from becoming Œ the radio of choice¹ for Dxers
and Contesters.  I figured that posing the question on this reflector
would give me a lot of information about what to look for when I decide to
try using one.

The folks who have made the transition to the SDR have information that
only an actual user will have. If I can collect things to look for and
test, etc. I am sure it will save me time in my investigation. Sort of
comparable to a Œliterature search¹ prior to the start of a research
project in a new field for the researcher.

Tod, K0TO

On 5/6/14, 2:12 PM, "Eric Lowell" <elowell at satnetmaine.com> wrote:

>I'm not sure if you are trolling or not, but I must say that this is not
>my impression at all.
>I use a Flex 3000 for my single op pursuits and it does more than I
>could ask for in my contest ops.
>My just previous contest radio was a TS 870, which I really enjoyed, but
>I find the 3000 offers equal or better RF performance for my uses, and
>certainly more flexibility of operating conveniences like filters,
>notches, displays and tuning options.
>I guess it really boils down to personal preference, but I'll not be
>going back to a knob radio anytime soon.
>73 from Maine, W1EL

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