[SCCC] FW: Competitive Contest Comparison - Flex vs Elecraft

Dr. Howard S. White drpaper at kleega.com
Thu Aug 24 10:19:38 EDT 2017

You guys are likely unaware of couple of points

1.  The Flex 6600M is a complete stand alone box that includes knobs and does not need an external computer
'2. Every Flex Radio is SO2R without the need to buy a second radio and external filters so for a SO2R configuration it's substantially less expensive
3. Bouvet Island Dxpedition is 100% Flex Radio 
4. K9CT Contest station and several others are now 100% Flex

Howard S. White Ph.D. P. Eng.,  KY6LA 
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On Aug 24, 2017, at 7:07 AM, Marty Woll <n6vi at socal.rr.com> wrote:

Good point, Bruce.  Start by defining the "mission" and go from there.  Trying to duplicate K9CT's outstanding multi-op station is very different from going on a contest Dxpedition or running the 6m station from a tent in a mountaintop VHF contest set-up.

The Elecraft also allows one to start with the basic radio, which in itself is a fine piece of gear, and buy  added features over time as needs and budget dictate.  Flex has made great strides, however, and both companies have done their share of bar-raising, for which we should all be grateful, especially in what may be a gradually disappearing market.


Marty N6VI

-----Original Message-----
From: SCCC [mailto:sccc-bounces at contesting.com] On Behalf Of Bruce Horn
Sent: Wednesday, August 23, 2017 4:02 PM
To: Dennis Vernacchia
Cc: SCCC Reflector
Subject: Re: [SCCC] FW: Competitive Contest Comparison - Flex vs Elecraft


I think the problem with the author's attempt to make an apples-to-apples comparison of the two transceivers is that he attempted to configure each so that it had all of the features/functionality (as near as possible) of the other. A better approach would be to define the functionality/performance needed (in this case for contesting since this is a contest club e-mail reflector) and then determine how and at what cost each rig could meet those requirements. Even then an important question would be whether the contester wants remote operation.

I own a K3 that has the available K3S upgrades (a K3+ ?) and think the new Flex transceivers are certainly worth considering.

73 de Bruce, WA7BNM   (bhorn at hornucopia.com) 

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