Last night was really something on 160 m or look here….
With Flexradio and DAX (digital audio) you may set i tup in a few minutes without any soundcards or similar.
So how can one improve in contesting. SO2R is one trick. It is all about tehniques. How do you train then? Why not in a simulator. I have tested all that around that suits Flexradio. Here is how it looks like in SO2R mode with band maps showing station activities. Very handy and effective I must say. In my opinion the best Flex simulator on market today. A more detailed evaluation soon to come.
Here the simulator is configured for radio 1 and at 3550 kHz and radio 2 at 3580 kHz. The “peaks” of the band maps are actual stations calling you. With the thumb wheel you can change frequency and chase new S&P stations. I even find the simulator when doing S&P on radio 2 that “SM0HRP” was calling me. As I understand it uses the Super Partial database for simulating callings stations and I am in there after a few contests.
Please be aware that you can use CSS with WL demo version with some minor limitations. Mainly to the number of contests to choose from.
It is nice when preparations pay off. Last years CQ 160 was such a case. Previous year could not have participated due to storm winds at my remote QTH and the 27 M vertical had to been winched down.
My 1st presence last year in a contest in 20 year or so. ARRL Int DX Contest CW. Unfortunately bad conditions 1st day.
This is the actual home base set-up. Expect the station monitors you may take with you on travel all these stuff.
This has evolved over the years. Here is a schematic over it:
I have been doing remote DX-inf for about five years and remote contesting for about a year. This blog will focus on enhancements to the remoting that have evolved over the last years due to internet technology.
with the new technology achievements you can easily integrate stations and accessories together in a way that was difficult say five years ago. This also means you can easily change your layout and expand it without spending an awful lot of time on “debugging”.