[CQ-Contest] Flex radios

Ria Jairam rjairam at gmail.com
Tue May 23 08:30:51 EDT 2017

The knobs vs mouse click is an operator thing. I personally found knobbed
radios to be a hindrance. There are some doing remote contesting without
any physical radio near them. N1MM+ does most of my rig control anyway and
you have to be at the point where you're not fiddling with controls
constantly during a contest. I tried the Maestro but went back to SSDR on
the desktop with a flexcontrol because I could click signals on the
panadapter easily rather than tuning a knob and I did not have to shift
eyes off the screen even if I resorted to the flexcontrol.


On Tue, May 23, 2017 at 8:16 AM Steve Bookout <steve at nr4m.com> wrote:

> Bill,
> I just SOLD my 6700 and Maestro and have ZERO regrets.  I had the
> combination for 16 months and the rig was only able to finish ONE
> contest without needing to be replaced in the heat of battle.
> I think the hardware is fine, but the software has sooo many issues
> that, in my opinion, it is NOT ready for prime time.  I was on the Alpha
> team and was working with the latest software, but could never find any
> version that would be solid enough to work reliably in a contest.
> Wasn't just one thing, but many different ones.  Ask them (Flex) about
> how it works with N1MM.
> K9CT swears by them; I will swear at them.
> The best thing about it was the Maestro, which is a must for
> contesting.  Mouse click menus just will not do it for serious
> contesting.  I'm sure that's why they combined the Flex and the rig in
> the package they now call the 6600.
> 73 de Steve, NR4M
> On 5/22/2017 10:07:AM, Bill via CQ-Contest wrote:
> > At the hamfest last weekend I had some extra time Sunday and wandered
> over to the Flex radio site. and had a long sit down with one of the reps.
> I did a hands on with the 6500  and was truly impressed, especially with
> how "easy" it was on the ears.
> >
> > I currently have a pair of K-3s for SO2R and have kicked around
> replacing these with the 6500.  I know K9CT as well as a couple others who
> use the Flex stuff.  I really would like to hear from them and others about
> these radios and how they compare to the K-3s in a contesting and Dxing
> situation...ease of use, operator friendly, audio quality for listening as
> well as transmit etc.  Any comments would be greatly appreciated.
> >
> > Bill K4XS/KH7XS
> >
> >
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