After much trial and error (mostly op related) I’ve got the FlexRadio 1500 working at 100 per cent with virtual audio cable and virtual port software all running perfectly.
So with all working well I headed into the ARRL CW contest on the weekend with great expectations.
And fortunately, by the end of 48 hours, I ended up with 468 QSOs including a VK on 40 meters just before dawn and a 6W (Senegal) on 15 who was calling CQ.
I find at 5 watts that the number of requests for repeats is about the same at QRP as at 100 watts.
One of the things with running 100 watts is if you drop a watt or two or even 10 watts nobody is going to notice. When you’re dealing with five watts, every watt counts.
So the next thing I am going to do is inventory the number of connectors and boxes of various sorts between my Flex and the antenna. This is an easy thing to do and will help me decide whether to replace my buried cable that runs from the antenna switch at the tower to the house with really really expensive cable or less expensive (but still not cheap) direct-bury cable.
Most amazing contact of the weekend was one Russian who I could barely hear in the noise and he managed to work me first call. I was running 5 watts and he was running a kilowatt. My jaw dropped.
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