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6500 Running Multiple Bands

Ron K2RASRon K2RAS Member ✭✭
I did a presentation on my Flex 6500 to my local ham club and a question came up.  Since the Flex selects the initial bandpass filter prior to the ADC, if two panadapters are open on different bands would the selected bandpass filter be 'mismatched', allowing too much noise on the second band?  Is this a disadvantage compared to a radio like the Elecraft which can autoselect a roofing filter for each of the two receivers installed?

I presume that the Flex 6700 could have a bandpass filter auto selected for each of the two receivers.

Thanks, Ron
K2RAS

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  • Lawrence GrayLawrence Gray Member
    edited January 2016
    You can select whatever bandpass you wish on each slice?

  • K6OZYK6OZY Member ✭✭
    edited February 2017
    If you are on a 6500 and widen your Pan or open two pans that are out of a single ham band, the PreSelector disables and you see "WIDE".  On a 6700, you can feed each SCU with an antenna and keep their corresponding preselectors enabled if you are within a reasonable border range of a single ham band.

    Honestly, in my operating environment, I have never needed a Preselector, which is why it is wise that the 6300 has it omitted as a cost savings.   I use a Carolina Windom which is multi-banded and never isolate myself to a single band on my 6700.
  • George KF2TGeorge KF2T Member ✭✭✭
    edited February 2019
    Since there's only one SCU in the 6500, when two bands are selected, or if a very wide pan adapter is created, the bandpass filters normally engaged for single-band use are not in-line. This is shown by the "WIDE" indication on the panadapter.

    In some situations, this could lead to higher noise levels, depending on your environment, and the characteristics of your antenna system. With a lot of installations, the bandwidth of the antenna tuner in line is a limiting factor. 

    I don't notice a meaningful performance hit. It's great fun looking at 14 MHz of spectrum and placing slices wherever something interesting appears.
  • Robert -- N5IKDRobert -- N5IKD Member ✭✭
    edited September 2015
    Tim described the operation of the band pass filters in this post "SCU bandpass override

  • Al K0VMAl K0VM Retired Member ✭✭
    edited November 2017
    Ron,
       The 6500 has one  selectable, ham band width filter per band between the antenna and the ADC unless the 6500 is on two or more different bands ( WIDE)  then there is no band filter ahead of the ADC.  ALL other filtering is provided in the digital domain and filters for each slice are totally independent.
        In this technology there is on such thing as a 'roofing' filter in the sense of analog radios.
       With the 6700,  each ADC (2) has its own set of selectable band filters  .

    AL, K0VM
  • Ron K2RASRon K2RAS Member ✭✭
    edited June 3
    Thanks for the quick and knowledgable replies.  I guess I will spend some time with the pre-selector on and off and get a personal impression of the impact.

    Ron

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