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CW RF Drop Out
I have downloaded and installed the latest version 3.4.21 which all went well on my 6500 with Windows 10 PC set up + Maestro. My main operational mode is CW.
Having suffered the RF transmission CW drop out problem for several years now I was hoping to find that this had been cured. However, after conducting several QSO’s it was disappointing to note that it still exists. The existence of this bug has been raised by several keen CW operators many times but there does not seem to be any acknowledgement or confirmation from Flex that they have managed to recreate it or that investigatory efforts have been made.
To summarise this annoying bug…. When manually keying CW using an external, or internal keyer, the RF output randomly drops to zero although the sidetone continues but no RF is going out. Upon allowing the rig to drop into RX it will then continue transmission again until the next time. Therefore the operator can be unaware that the rig is not transmitting unless continuously watching the power meter. This problem does not arise when the keying is being made from a computer macro as in say N1MM, only on manual keying. One would have thought that this fact might point to the basis of the problem for the software engineers at Flex.
Because of this problem I have taken to using my ELECRAFT K4 more and more for CW as the drop outs become embarrassing and classifies the Flex as ‘Unfit for Purpose’.
Having owned the 6500 for 7 years now I like the concept and operability but dismayed by the fact that this long term bug has still not been corrected.
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