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Receiver Spec's aren't everything, how about the fun factor?
How you operate is key in the selection of a radio. Versatility should also be considered for your selection. I have owned an Elecraft K3, and Yaesu FTDX 5000MP and Elad FDM Duo SDR radios. But when it comes to the way I operate My 6600 fits my operating style. I also had a Flex 6500 a few years ago. The K3, Elad and FTDX5000 doesn't have four slices or can't operate remote without third party hardware or cumbersome software. I operate remote in the winter and it took me all of ten minutes to download and implement smart link. Obviously it takes more than smart link to operate a station remotely but for comparison of features, it's no contest for remote operation. I have been able to use the Maestro, PC and IPAD to operate local and remote. What other radio has those features. Digital modes or using CW skimmer are easier to implement on Flex 6XXX . Ease of interfacing was also high on my selection list.
I looked at the new K4 and FTDX101D (no Ethernet), and IC-7610 at Dayton to get an understanding of how they operate but I still feel that for the investment Flex is still top of the line in overall features and operating performance. I don't want this post to evolve into a discussion about software as there are many posts on that subject that can found. Yes software affects operation but lets stick to operation and how you use your Flex.
I was asked at the Flex Banquet at Hamvention this year if I was having fun using my radio and the answer I gave is yes. How do you use you"re Flex and are you having fun?
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