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Flex 6600M on for five days?

NA0BNA0B Member ✭✭
My WEMO + relay are ordered, by they will not be here until next week. I leave today for a five day trip.

Can I leave the FLEX 6600M on for these five days? Should I?

I have WEMO switch to shut off  the power supply in case of need.

73 de Juan, NA0B

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  • Mike-VA3MWMike-VA3MW FlexRadio Employee, Community Manager admin
    edited April 2019
    I'm up 7x24 as well.  Except for the line of thunder storms headed my way.  Lightning Maps is a great way to watch in real time.  http://www.lightningmaps.org/#y=46.1791;x=-79.4048;z=10;t=3;m=normal;r=0;s=0;o=0;b=0.00;n=0;d=9;dl=7...;

  • George Molnar, KF2TGeorge Molnar, KF2T Member ✭✭✭
    edited June 23
    Concur with Ken. I've had my 6500 (now 6600) on for pretty much years straight. It is designed as a server, so keeping it on all the time is not a problem.

    That said, it's always a good idea to have some way of shutting things down in event of a malfunction or unsafe conditions. A WeMo makes a great **** switch for the power supply. More elegantly (and better for the gear) is a networked switch with contact closures that can turn on and off the rig via the rear panel RCA jack, select a dummy load on a remote antenna switch, and reboot accessories as needed. There are several good ideas around for doing that, many of which are quite economical.

    If you are in a lightning-prone area, nothing will save you from a direct hit. Physically disconnecting the cables before you go is probably the safest bet. Unfortunately, that makes it hard to remotely attach them! With good protection and a remote antenna switch to disconnect the rig, you will be good in most circumstances, though. Risk vs. reward.
  • Ken - NM9PKen - NM9P Member ✭✭
    edited May 2018
    And a good insurance policy for the other times....
  • George Molnar, KF2TGeorge Molnar, KF2T Member ✭✭✭
    edited May 2018
    Ken, I thought you had a special "cloud based" insurance policy with the man upstairs? ;-)

  • Greg N8GDGreg N8GD Member ✭✭
    edited May 2018
    Me too!  Good one, George....
  • Ken - NM9PKen - NM9P Member ✭✭
    edited May 2018
    I wish it worked that way!  LOL!
  • NA0BNA0B Member ✭✭
    edited July 2018
    Thank you all for you excellent advice and thanks to Michael for the Lighting Maps site.
    I do a fair amount of travel for work, so this is very nice. 

    73 de Juan, NA0B

  • kb2hukkb2huk Member
    does the screen stay on and active all the time or does it sleep after a while ?
  • Bill -VA3WTBBill -VA3WTB Member ✭✭✭

    At this time the Screen stays on all time.

  • NA0BNA0B Member ✭✭
    edited August 19

    It stays active. Mine is on 24 X 7 and I have not noticed any effects. I do set the brightness level very low.

  • Gene DupreyGene Duprey Member ✭✭
    edited August 19

    I have in the past turned on my 6500 when leaving on a trip and no issues. I now use a Wemo switch to turn on & off my radio using the relay kit you can get at Flex site or also on Amazon. This works great and you can turn on/off the radio with your cell phone or other device.

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