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Lovin' SDR Again
After lightning took my first contact with SDR and the SDR1000. I had a Ham radio revival with a brand spankin' new Flex 6400. Brand New. Never been turned on before and a recent product. Not something used or manufactured 20 yrs ago.
Thanks to Erika, in the Community, and about 45 minutes on the phone I had the 6400 up and running on my LAN and Smart SDR sorted out. I don't do anything remote or use smartphones in another part of the world to be on the air. So, all of the fluff of the other components of Smart SDR were avoided. I enjoy seeing who is on the air from the bandscope and had some fun on 6M recently. Couldn't break a pile-up from a Ham in S. America, but having a lot of fun. 20M had a lot of life and I managed to have some nice QSO's sandwiched between 2 other signals. It was tight.......BUT all of that chattering from those nearby signals didn't bother the receiver at all. TX audio quality is bringing back the memories of the SDR1000. Really FULL modulated audio. I'll be testing the AM mode soon. I'm sure that will be awesome.
The teaser taste of SDR came from a Ten Tec Omni VII, that had a lot of short-comings. NON real time bandscope and it quit TX on 160M. I was the winning bid for this radio and then it quit working on 160. It has been in Ten Tec repair the last 3 mos. It will be FLIPPED when it returns to help pay for the Flex6400. I don't mind using a computer as a radio. And being that the system is on my LAN; it allows me to surf the web or go to QRZd while making contacts. I just wish the Flex mic included with the 6400 had a long cable. Kinda clumsy being connected at the rear of the radio box and now the cable/mic just dangles from the 19" rack it is sitting in.
I'm glad I didn't burn the midnight oil to buy a legacy Flex 5000 with firewires and the such.
Lovin' life again
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