Ran QRP during the 24-hour RAC Winter Contest and made some new discoveries about the Flex 1500 and my computers. Was getting an occasional burst of noise on receive and dropped CW characters on transmit so went into the computer’s administrative tools and turned off everything I could.
All of sudden, the 1500 and the Windows 7 computer started to cooperate for the first time and no crackling noises and no dropped CW characters. Neat.
I’m also using a trackball mouse which complements the SDR software tuning. I can move slowly or quickly as I desire and with the program that activates whichever window the mouse is hovering over I no longer find I’m making sudden and unexpected frequency changes.
At 5 watts I did a couple of hundred of Qs including working the North-West Territories on SSB. My CW speed is going up and I can only hope so is my accuracy. Speed without accuracy is less than useless.
Anyway I see that almost all my issues are due to my lack of computer power The Flex 1500 works fine and there’s nothing better than a 22″ panoramic display showing the activity around you when you’re searching and pouncing.
Most fun I’ve had in years 🙂