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A minor complaint about the SD card I ordered

Hi all, Flex,

I decided to support FlexRadio and purchase the SD card from the store. It arrived quickly and packaged well. Thank you for finally offering these in the store. Long overdue.

The issue I have is with the retaining tape. It is provided, stuck to the outside of the static package. It was 85 degrees most of the week in my area and I think things got pretty hot in the UPS truck.

Today when I tried to remove the tape to use it, it basically shredded into like 3 strips and those curled in on themselves.

I've mentioned before that I think a very poor choice was made on the no latch socket used in these radios. The fact that a piece of tape is needed to keep it down and keep the card in contact with the connector seems like a really poor choice. I've build probably 6 different devices using SD cards and we've used the push in/out sockets with great success.

But it is what it is. And we must live with taping the thing down. But for approximate $40+ to get this new card I would have hoped for a better tape delivery system than to stick it to the outside of the static bag.

I'm going to order my own tape with a backing since I am worried that my shredded tape will likely fail.

Mark WS7M


  • W7NGA
    W7NGA Member ✭✭✭
    edited May 2022

    Same here .. it seemed to me the tape is just so it won't fall out during moving. I never move my 6600 from the shack bench so I didn't see the need. My SD card is in there pretty tight. No tape, no issues .. but then, I am an eternal optimist.

  • Mark_WS7M
    Mark_WS7M Member ✭✭✭

    Well my little flip up cover does not latch or anything and without the tape the card is not held down at all.

  • Trucker
    Trucker Member ✭✭✭

    JB Weld+


    Sorry, couldn't resist !

  • Larry _ NY8T
    Larry _ NY8T Member ✭✭✭

    Unless your radio is differant, I Put the card in, close the metal lid and then slide the metal lid to lock it.

  • David Decoons, wo2x
    David Decoons, wo2x Member, Super Elmer Moderator

    Mark, if you are looking down at the board with front of the radio towards you, the metal piece that sits on top of the card should slide to your right to allow the left side to flip up (hinged on right). When the new card is positioned correctly you should not see any of the contact pins. Flip down the metal “cover” and slide it to the left to latch.

    I agree the new Kapton tape would be easier if it had a piece of material on back that made peeling it off easier.


    Dave wo2x

  • Mike-VA3MW
    Mike-VA3MW Administrator, FlexRadio Employee, Community Manager, Super Elmer, Moderator admin


    Can you email your update/concerns to [email protected]. They don't have time to monitor the community.

    Any pictures you have will also help.


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