Announcing the FLEX-15000 Signature Series Transceiver

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FlexRadio is pleased to announce immediate availability of the FLEX-15000 Signature Series transceiver - the first heavy metal, direct sampling superhet SDR (researched by FlexRadio among major manufacturers).  Weighing in at 52 lbs (23.6 kg) it brings most knobs ever (39!) to the front panel of a SDR.  We even left just enough room for a real time panadapter/waterfall on its built in 1 inch by 3.75 inch TFT LCD display.  

The FLEX-15000 incorporates a powerful 32-bit DSP chip with firmware that can be updated occasionally over the its built-in USB 2.0 port making it a true superhet SDR.   We even added a real analog meter with that warm incandescent glow that we all remember so nostalgically at night in our youth.  

Priced at $14,999.99 the FLEX-15000 comes in at just under $385 per knob or $288 per pound ($636/kg).  The radio ships with a collapsible dolly and a wrap around back brace for easy portability.  

Order yours today so you will be the first in your club to own a real heavy metal, direct sampling superhet SDR.  Supplies are limited so hurry!
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Gerald - K5SDR, Employee

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  • Awesome!

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Dave Skinner

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I need to order one to replace all my Collins and Johnson gear!
WA5IMF
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k0eoo

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Thanks Gerald, I need a good April fools joke, hi, hi....
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Dave - W6OVP

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It looks wonderful Gerald! Something for everyone. But what kind of mike connector does it have? <GGG>! And does that price include the optional trailer hitch for the dolly?

(Happy April Fools Day to all at FLEX!) 

-Dave
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Gerald - K5SDR, Employee

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Your choice of 8-pin Foster, RJ-45, XLR, 1/4" phone, 1/8" phone and binding posts.

No, the trailer hitch is extra.
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James Whiteway

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Put me down for two!
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Mark - WS7M

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Two!?  I'll take 8... one for each band I feel like working.
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James Whiteway

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Please don't use the "W" word like that! I 'm not interested in a radio that requires effort!
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Bill N5TU

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I hope the DSP runs in octal! Showing my age. <grin>
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Gerald - K5SDR, Employee

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Binary with toggle switches and LEDs like the Altair 8800, which was my very first PC.
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Mark - WS7M

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Ah man... you had the cool one.  I had to build jumpers insert them then throw my only switch to latch the code in.   Only took a month to program 32 bytes!
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Bob - W7KWS -

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The first one I played with had 4 kB of core. Expensive but you could list it as optional for the 15000!
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Walt - KZ1F

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Too funny Gerald!
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Dave -- W7IWW

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After running the now outdated 6700 for two whole years, I too want to be on the bleeding edge of SDR. Because of the incredible value we have come to appreciate from FlexRadio Systems, I must hope my order for TWO Flex 15000s will be on their way soon. Can hardly wait. Does the price include a handheld mic, power supply, etc, and do they come with two years warranty, and free shipping? Just curious, but certainly not a deal breaker if it comes barebones. And finally, does the recent Trade-up plan apply? Heck, that doesn't matter either. Please, just get my radios on their way.
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Gerald - K5SDR, Employee

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I comes with a D104 mic, 2-year warranty but the shipping is not included because it weighs to much for us to foot the bill.  We had to invest in a pallet jack to pick them up.  

Yes, the Trade_In! plan does apply.
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Dave -- W7IWW

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Super. Flex gold standard for service continues.
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Steve Gw0gei

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Does it do so2r?
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Gerald - K5SDR, Employee

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It does 1r/knob.
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N9VC

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The matching knobs are a classy touch.
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Neal - K3NC, Elmer

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There is room for at least one more knob so it also has that "rig for life" option!
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Gerald - K5SDR, Employee

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The extra knob can be added through firmware update. A little door opens and the knob pops out.
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Ken - NM9P, Elmer

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You didn't mention power output...is there a QRP model available?
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Gerald - K5SDR, Employee

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Not when it weighs 52 pounds.
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Neal - K3NC, Elmer

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It will look good replacing my old AM/FM receiver in the Hummer...
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N9VC

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With the trade-up plan, would you take an used automobile?
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Gerald - K5SDR, Employee

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Drive it in or push it in - we will take it.
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K1UO - Larry

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I'm waiting for the Sherwood review before throwing away, investing, spending that much money on a "knobbed" radio.....   Is there even a usb port to add the external Flex Tuning knob.
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Corey/ KC0YNS

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Happy April Fools to all the Flex team.........Waiting anxiously for the Maestro release... 
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I wanna see the back...If it has an bakelite 8 pin octal socket rather than USB I will order one.
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Gerald - K5SDR, Employee

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Good idea!  I think my CE 20A had one of those on the back.  We can do a custom mod for you.
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Dave - W6OVP

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Saw my first 20A in action abt 1957 and knew immediately that Ham Radio had changed forever. Had that same feeling several years ago with a Peaberry V2 so sold most everything heavy and started collecting FLEX'. <GGG>.
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The 20A was my first SSB exciter in 1978 or so.  It looked almost just like the new FLEX-15000 with about the same number of knobs.  Maybe we could put an electric eye like it had on the next Flex model.
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Dave - W6OVP

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Works for me. I always was a sucker for that green magic eye tube. Or any waterfall nowdays...
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Rick Hadley - W0FG

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We definitely need the octal socket to plug in the BC-458 Maestro!
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Kevin Va3KGS

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Gerald, you are now thinking to far outside of the box !!

Cheers

Kevin

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Jon W1JDB

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One item on my wish list apparently didn't make it - Do all the knobs go up to 11? (spoken with a Britt accent of course).
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Paul Bradbeer

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That must be Britt Ekland.....so a Swedish accent then ;-)
BTW with our 26dBW power limit, most Brits (one 't') don't need to turn their knobs past about 6....let alone 11. Oh to be back in San Antonio again.... M0CVX and ex-AC5NO
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So with the Flex 15000 announcement, the obvious questions are :   When will you release a Road Map for the radio ?  I for one am tired of waiting... B)   And also... is there any truth to the rumor that it will delay  Maestro...   B^P
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KK9W - Steve

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Looks a lot like the TS990 I had except it is sharper
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Gary L. Robinson

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I was a little late seeing this post BUT really appreciated it hihi. And I really like the extra small panadapter so I can't tell much of what is going on. Just saves me lots of calories not having to try and interpret it. One last item though - does it have spark gap as a mode? Can that be implemented in SDR?

---Gary WB8ROL
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LOL....  spark gap, thats good Gary....
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Does it come with a Flex Boy colander hat and goggles?  Maybe I can run it by metal errr mental telepathy.  The screen certainly is touchable, but does touching it do anything?

73  W9OY