Pictures and much of text was originally posted at the FlexRadio Systems Community forum as I described my first weekend Maestro excursion.
Okay, just like a Flat Stanley, where have you taken your Maestro to go do radios?
Snapshot is quick shot off the ferry boat to Washington Island, Wisconsin (US Island WI-001L) where this weekend it will be a quick overnight running a Flex-6300 with a SteppIR CrankIR antenna.
Weather is a bit edgy though I hope the wind drops and drizzle stops long enough to get the antenna setup yet today.
With it sleeting out who knows?
So where has your Maestro gone?
A quick set of photos. (The small boar is one my youngest Vic KC9NWB shot.)
The Flex-6300 needed a software upgrade to run with the Maestro.
The strong signal is George W9EVT who live about 3/4 a mile away.
Bands have not been good and highly variable. Definitely seeing my antenna limitations holding QSO count way down.
Have been playing with also running K6TU iPad control and on the Win10 box other programs like DDUTIL alongside the Maestro.
Off for coffee and church, hopefully my rate will improve afterwards.
One of the observant forum members comment on how my Maestro edged close to the table’s edge:
Steve, your making me nervous. The Maestro is too close to the edge of your table. Nice pics.
73 de Rob K1SR
And I replied: Thank you. The Maestro with tilt feet gives such a solid feel that you spotted how I crept it up near the table edge.
Didn’t seem as worrying in the flesh as in photos, and certainly is an interesting phenomena as I try to be careful.
Running a vertical wire antenna in this weekend’s bands wasn’t a highly productive exercise. Would have twenty-thirty signals on a band, then only a few weak traces and all over between extremes.
Snowed and deleted, so never got the Maestro outside either.
Until next trip.