6000 Series Preventative Maintenance

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I have a Flex-6400M that has performed very well since it was purchased. Like a computer, it has fans, slots for airflow, etc. Is there any recommended procedure for periodic maintenance? Should it be checked inside for dust? Blown out with air? Vacuumed out? Fan blades cleaned?

I have an anti-static bench mat, proper tools, etc. at home and have access to most anything imaginable for electronic repair at work.

Tim N9PUZ
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Tim, an interesting question!! My Desktop Gaming Computer has 4 fans in it. Plus the main input front fans have a cover and dust filter.. I need to clean that about twice a year. Also the fan on the Microprocessor is cleaned out once a year.. I shut off my computer, use a vacuum cleaner to suck up the dust when I blow it out with a can of compressed air..

As for the Flex,, Only a simple inspection can give you your answers. My Flex is about 2 years old... Back in January I decided to open it up and take a peek. Everything looked relatively clean inside. Used my can air to give it a short air cleaning and put it back together.. The more the radio is ON, the more chances dust will get inside. I shut my 6600M off when not in use.

Now SO MUCH depends on your environment. I have no pets and not much dust here in San Diego. I also have a Winix Plasma Air all room Air Purifier that I run 7 X 24 to minimize dust in the shack.. That helps but does not eliminate radio gear, desk top and STUFF from getting dusty.. 

Robert

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I plan to inspect later in the week. I have my shack in an unfinished basement. It's moderately clean, but still a basement.
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Robert, that room aircleaner looks pretty interesting. Might help out with my alergies !
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I'm sure you know this but just be careful with these two methods of cleaning,
If you use canned air to blow out the radio HOLD the fan blades from spinning and DON'T let them over speed shortening the life of the Fans drastically.
If you use a vacuum make sure it is designed for Electronics otherwise the Static Electricity inherent to a vacuum WILL fry the radio.  
Bret
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If cleaning is needed I'll most likely use air like you clean a normal computer with. I am aware of not wanting to spin the fans but I appreciate you mentioning it for the benefit of others who may be following the thread.
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Correct, I should have mentioned the vacuum cleaner to use... Holding the plastic tip away from critical components is important or use the one I use, but in all cases be smart about how you do it.

ESD Safe,,

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Is the force of the air stream, from canned air strong enough to get the deep / hidden dust, out of the fans.  Is there one brand o canned air that is better than others.  Somehow, i seem to remember that some are purer than others.
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I have been using Canned Air that I get at Costco. With can air, the issue is the can will get COLD rather fast.. So burst of air for say 5-10 seconds is normal. After a bit the air pressure will go down a lot, seems normal for most of these I have used... And always keep the can level, dont turn it say upside down. If that happens then a cold MIST will spray from the can... 

On Line you get 12 cans, but they sell 6 cans in the store. Plus canned air is available at lots of places if you only need a single can.. 

https://www.costco.com/dust-off-compressed-gas-duster%2c-12-pack.product.11228077.html
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Thank you,  k4wh
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Official Response
Please read the HelpDesk article: How to properly clean the FLEX-6000 Cooling fans
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Maybe someone at flex can make a video on how to properly clean/maintain a flexradio including fans?
May make for less helpdesk tickets on this issue. 
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Tim, Doug K9CRT over here in Decatur, IL. I removed the cover from my 6400M (bought 2 yrs ago) and inspected it. I didn't find much dust, lint, etc and my radio is on most of time (LAN use) and is in a finished basement. I really don't think you have much too worry but a inspection when you have time will put your mind to rest. Good luck, good DX and stay safe in this crazzzzzzzzzzy world. I might add I cleaned my fan with an old tooth brush but it is very difficult to get in there. I also used some Q-tips to sort of clean up not only the fan but else where. Like I said really not much there.
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