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Dang ..my 6600M just keeps working

K3SF Member ✭✭✭
edited April 2020 in New Ideas
Well  Dang it

My 6600m which i bought as part of the first production run back in 2018 just keeps on working...

Even after they did the PEN update it still works

i don t know ...must be something about their quality control and customer support too

after now accomplishing 8 Band DXCC and with 330 confirmed ( just one short of HR now)


it hasnt even caught any 'puter virus's yet either....

hope to see ya'll on the bands

as thar aint much else to do ;-))

Paul K3SF

coffee to keep me going


  • KD0RC
    KD0RC Member, Super Elmer Moderator
    edited April 2020
    Excellent!!  I have only had mine a couple of months and love it.  Had an impromptu Flex net on 20 this evening.  More and more Flex owners chimed in - all had excellent audio, all radios worked!
    Len, KD0RC
  • John Cater
    John Cater Member
    edited April 2020
    I see you have a couple of displays with world maps, I guess showing who you're communicating with.  Did that come with your FLEX 6600M or is that different software/module?  I'm thinking about buying a 6600M and I'm trying to figure out these things.  Thx
  • Steve K9ZW
    Steve K9ZW Member ✭✭✭
    edited April 2020
    Congratulations Paul K3SF - well done!

    Like your multiscreen setup too! (@John - you are seeing a pretty nice display of several programs, many which are not specific to FRS)

    All best, Good DX, and 73


    Blog:  http://k9zw.wordpress.com  

  • K3SF
    K3SF Member ✭✭✭
    edited April 2020
    thank you

    it has been years and years in the making

    i have been license since 1962 at the age of 14...

    ham radio got me into my engineering career
    from which i retired about 7 years ago
    supporting DoD, and INTEL community

    as for my setup

    there are three mac minis
    router and gigabit switch on a shelf hidden behind
    the main 27 inch monitor
    the upper monitors are AOC 21 inchers

     all minis connect to 6600m via gigabit switch

    the maps were generated by macdxlogger (mldx) by Don AGRO
    it is also my logging program as well as cluster interface

    the cluster interface  can also connect to local FT8 output
    as well as to my CWSkimmer cluster in a virtual windows machine
    while all at the same to to world cluster service

    what you see running is mac running FT8 directly from the 6600m
    using xdax and xcat... i can run multiple instances of FT8
    when running FT8 i usually have two instance going in different bands

    i have run 4 slices using xSDR6000 client by doug k3tzr
    as well as DPSDR by Don Agro

    i easily mix and match modes
    such as rtty with some ft8 with some ssb with some cw

    i run mostly native mac apps

    i also run multiple instance of mldx connected to the cluster
    on each i can setup filters for what i want to see on each instance
    hence the maps each can provide different info to me

    i use an antenna matrix switch (WX0B) to switch antenna farmette
    a 8 element LPDA (tennadyne T8) at 50 ft,
    a 145 ft OCF at 70ft strung between trees with counter weights
    a 43ft Vertical with 64 radials

    two other OCFs came down when some trees fell on them
    which i have yet to replace
    they will be replaced with 160m OCF over the summer i hope

    OH yea...it is a RFI quiet location

    Paul K3SF

  • KF4HR
    KF4HR Member ✭✭
    edited April 2020
    I've owned my Flex-6700 for almost 5 years.  It developed a minor problem after the first year but FRS corrected the problem under warranty and returned the rig to me very quickly.

    There's currently no other transceiver on the market that I would trade my Flex for.  Amazing rig. 
  • VK7WH Winston
    VK7WH Winston Member ✭✭✭
    edited April 2020
    Same here. I received my 6700 6 years ago this coming August, and it’s never let me down. Maybe it’s due to me still using Win 7

    I would be interested to know if many other people are also still using Win 7?

    Keep safe, Winston VK7WH

  • Bill -VA3WTB
    Bill -VA3WTB Member ✭✭✭
    edited April 2020
    I have had my 6500 for 5 years, I have never had a lock up, Blue screens or any of the things some others complain about. But keep in mind my computer is dedicated to the Flex. The radio is used 6 hours a day with this infection going around. It turns on every day and ready to use, and I never give it a thought. I am now on Win 10 without any problems, very stable. I have always used Win 7 but I got a newer computer. Win 7 drivers for some devices became hard to find.
  • Alan
    Alan Member ✭✭✭✭
    edited April 2020

    On your Mac, running WSJT-X, do you run some sort of audio "alerting" application.  I mean something like JTAlert in the Windows world.

    I gave JT Bridge a try on the Mac, but could not see how it gave audio alerts, such as when my call sign is heard, or when another station is calling CQ.

  • Alan C
    Alan C Member ✭✭
    edited April 2020
    And my 6400 just keeps on keeping on... Briefly went to a knob radio (but came back to my senses)...
  • K3SF
    K3SF Member ✭✭✭
    edited April 2020
    hi alan

    i do use JTbridge...in pref panel under notifications
    you can set the alarms

    also it checks against what is set in the JTbridge pref's
    and against the MLDX database

    i use system default alert sound
    see below
    most of the time i am at the radio and i can see "RED" hi-lited country or state

    note :
    also at the bottom of jtbridge window you can check mark mode and band too for alerting

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