Best Contest Rigs

Bob Sherwood, NC0B, has been breaking contester’s hearts for several years now with his assessment of the top of the line rigs.

Contest rigs are evaluated by Bob pretty much for one thing and one thing only and that’s how well the rig can received very weak signals in the presence of very strong signals.hilberling-pt-8000

This scenario of listening to weak guys while tuning through kilowatt alley takes a receiver with the ability to separate the weak from the strong and the men from the boys. Some of the boys bought pretty expensive and well-known rigs which Sherwood Engineering’s Data Sheet found wanting.

Some of the newer designed radios (including all versions of FlexRadio and Elecraft) have scored pretty well without necessarily breaking the bank.

Having said that the top radio is a Hiberling from German for $18,000 (yes you read that right) and is likely the last pure analog rig to be designed and sold.

Before you buy your next contest-quality rig you might want to spend an hour and watch Bob’s presentation to Contesting U at Dayton 2013.

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About Peter West

I am retired. I'm invested into bike riding, guitar playing, yoga and Ham Radio. I am a former photojournalist, newspaper and magazine editor and public relations practitioner with national, regional and local experience. A long-time member of Toastmasters International and an active Amateur Radio (Ham) operator here in Canada I am taking on new challenges.

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