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Routine 6500 Checkout

I recently sent my 6500 in for a routine checkout and updating as required.  The Flex folks turned my radio around quickly.  The PA fans were also replaced at no extra charge.

Great service--thanks,

Larry W1IZZ


  • Bob Gerzoff, WK2YBob Gerzoff, WK2Y Member ✭✭
    edited September 2019
    Updating?  What would that be?  Do all 6500's need to have their PA fans replaced or just some serial numbers?
    Thanks and 73,
  • James Del PrincipeJames Del Principe Member ✭✭
    edited September 2019
    Yes. I would also like to know what updating.   You can easily update software yourself. Was this a hardware update?   Were you experiencing any issues?     Best 73, Jim
  • Lawrence GrayLawrence Gray Member
    edited May 23
    Of course I can update the software myself--been doing it for years. I just sent it in to be checked and updated if there were any hardware updates. There weren't any updates. I've had the 6500 for a long time, used it a lot, and just wanted checked out. The post was to give some praise to the Flex folks for the excellent turnaround. Apparently, I should have just sent a letter to Flex, instead of posting here.
  • k3Timk3Tim Member ✭✭
    edited September 2019
    The nice thing about SDR is 99% of the time updates are in firmware and software with the hardware being stable. When I purchased the 6500 years ago it was already rung-out and no h/w updates required.  in the good old era of vacuum tubes rigs required annual alignment. Solid state rigs were better with much less alignment requirements. The Flex 6x00 series self-calibrates at power up; just can't bet it....


  • James Del PrincipeJames Del Principe Member ✭✭
    edited September 2019
    Lawrence, I did not mean to offend you. I was curious if there were any hardware updates. It was good of you to compliment Flex here. 73, Jim.
  • Lawrence GrayLawrence Gray Member
    edited September 2019
    I totally agree.  I just wanted confirmation that my 6500 was working to spec's.  Since I no longer have access to the level of equipment needed to properly test the 6500, I wanted to have confirmation from the folks who designed and built it.  I received that confirmation quickly at a very reasonable cost, along with very prompt answers to my questions.  Great support, in my view.

  • Steve K9ZWSteve K9ZW Member ✭✭✭
    edited September 2019
    It is a great reminder that periodically perhaps we all should have our gear checked out.

    Sometimes I think it would be useful to have  a Hobbs Meter on important gear (an in-use hours measuring meter) and schedule inspections & PM (preventive maintenance) base on accumulated Hobbs hours.

    But then would we ignore it when a service interval comes up?



    Blog:  http://k9zw.wordpress.com

  • Bernie W7DMCBernie W7DMC Member ✭✭
    edited September 2019
    Like your idea of PM. Good investment. My 6500 has been running 24/7 for >4 years with no problems, luckily. My PGXL did need a little TLC and the service was fantastic Glad you posted your positive comments.
  • George Molnar, KF2TGeorge Molnar, KF2T Member ✭✭✭
    edited September 2019
    Amen, brother.
  • PatrickPatrick WH6HI Member ✭✭
    edited June 2
    Thanks for the post! I’v had mine now for a long time. I think it is time I opened it up and to clean it out and check fans, heat sinks etc. that collect dirt and dust. Your post has acted as a reminder for me.....thanks!

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