6700 current draw when off

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How much current does the 6700 draw when turned off.  I am a stickler for disconnecting everything when I am not operating and am thinking of using a battery backup - Westmountain product - to keep the frequency standard powered when I have the plug pulled.


Keith

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Steve K9ZW, Elmer

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Keith - you might want to chat directly with FRS as I'm not certain you can do what you want to do.

The Freq. Std, in a GPSDO Flex-6700 powers down when you sleep the radio.

About 2 year ago FRS said the the GPSDO would eventually be configurable to stay on and locked, though if it is configurable at the present version level I somehow missed it.

The idle power draw in receive mode is said to be under 2 amps (at the 13v) which works out to something like 10-cents of power per day.

Less power than my Rb-souce pulls interestingly enough.

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Steve
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Norm - W7CK

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2 amps isn't much, unless your on solar/battery power, in which case all unnecessary power draws are scrutinized.  An unnecessary 2 amp draw on say a sailboat could be considered a lot of power.   Especially during a cloudy or rainy spell.  My station here is 100% solar/battery.
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A lot of hamshack gear and solutions are less desirable in situations where finite power rations are the limiting factor. 

In mains-power supplied situations the parasitic load of equipment on standby is hardly a factor. 

In a off-grid home the standby draw for a Flex-6700 in receive mode is also often going to be within the power budget for a system sized large enough to actually operate including running the computer and handling the transmit load.

Sailboats often use small systems where loads are more often run only when in use, and seldom allowed to run in standby. 

Swinging back to Keith's question - his interest in keeping the Frequency Standard of a Flex-6700 powered up separately by battery when the radio is off, and where he would plug in the radio when he wanted the entire unit to run, it doesn't look like possible.

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Steve

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Tim - W4TME, Customer Experience Manager

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Powered off, a little less than an amp @ 13.8 VDC.  Powered on, ~2 amps @ 13.8 VDC.
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Since the 6300 barely gets warm to the touch I doubt there is much stress. I never left power to my 5000 and it survived. Instant on? I cannot think of a reason I would need a ham radio instantly. Frequency stable? I never noticed an iota of drift.
The remote reason is valid.

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KY6LA - Howard, Elmer

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From You... my getting 1 out of 4 must be considered to be a passing grade.

Thanks
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Burt Fisher

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You are`far more capable than I. you don't need validation from me.
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Walt - KZ1F

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@burt, c'mon if you want zero amps drawn, switch off the PS.
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I do that. I use about 225 KW per month. My car gets 60 MPG. I am not supporting terrorism with my use of energy
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