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SO Happy to be Back to a FlexRadio
I've been away from ham radio for a number of years. Family issues, plus a move to a very antenna restricted community had me pretty much off the air for five years. Before moving house, I sold my Flex-6500 and my SPE amp. Those were sad days.
Shortly after moving, I found that I really didn't like being off the air... so I picked-up an IC-7300, which I occasionally connected to a portable antenna that I'd temporarily put out in the side yard. It wasn't fun. Putting up and taking down the antenna whenever I wanted to operate for sure wasn't fun. But most frustrating was the fact that I had almost never used a radio with actual, physical, knobs and buttons. Using the IC-7300 took a lot of adjustment. Since getting my ham license in 2007 I had pretty much exclusively used a Flex radio (starting with the SDR-1000). But after using the IC-7300 for a while, I did eventually come to appreciate being able to change bands and frequencies and filters using physical knobs as opposed to always having to use a mouse. I also kinda dug not having one of my screens being occupied by SSDR (though, to be honest, the panadapter on the IC-7300 never really fully satisfied me).
To make a long story short, in December 2023 I decided I had to get back on the air "by any means necessary"... so I got a Ciro Mazzoni stealth loop and hid it in the woods behind my house. And, because I never did really love my IC-7300 I picked up a used Flex-6400M.
Now I've got nice sized, fully adjustable, panafall display, awesome receive sensitivity, AND knobs and buttons.
And, despite plenty of remaining restrictions (like, I can't operate when the loop when it's buried in snow... go figure 😉) I'm now back on the air and loving it.
The point of this post definitely is not "IC-7300 bad, Flex-6400M good" -- They're two very different radios, at two very different price points. And, no... I'm not posting a question or an issue for the community. Hope that's OK.
My only point is that ham life is sooo much better when you love your radio. And that's it's really, really, nice to be back, after an extended absence.
Hope to work a bunch you newer Flex owners soon,
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