can flex 6700 be left on with out causing damage

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I sometimes forget turning of the radio after working remote will this hurt the radio in any way ?
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John Molenda

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Bill -VA3WTB

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Many leave the radio on 24/7 without any down side.
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Burt Fisher

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You are so lucky, they charge for electricity here plus I don't want to unnecessarily contribute to global warming.
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Well, you could look at the parts in your radio. They are pretty much the same as what you find in your computer or in your TV for that matter. Do you leave those running 24x7? Some do and some don't.

While some parts slowly degrade with running hours, the bigger issue is probably the energy use -- cost of power, etc. There's also some security risk. An unauthorized person could hit your PTT button. Also your rig is somewhat more at risk from power/lightning surges when powered on. Summing up, don't lose too much sleep over this. :-)

Thought for Flex: offer an optional auto shutdown after N minutes of user inactivity.
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Tim - W4TME, Customer Experience Manager

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Martin - I recommend reviewing the SmartSDR for Windows Software Manual for features.  The auto shutdown after N minutes of transmit has been a feature for the past several releases.  It is in the Radio Setup->Transmit tab.
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Martin Ewing AA6E

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Yes RTFM is good advice, but the current timer prevents runaway transmission, right?  I was thinking of shutting down all the way when inactive to save power or whatever.  But as I recall, the 6700 draws some 4 W even when powered off.  Such a waste! :-)
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Burt Fisher

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If you shut off the power supply, it won't.
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The current TX timeout timer will terminate TX if the user loses contact with the control GUI (running remote and the Internet drops out).  A very probably use case when operating remote. 

If the SSDR application and radio stop communicating (15 seconds) TX is automatically terminated.

For powering down the radio, that is what the remote power on connection on the radio is for.
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I leave mine on all the time -- Tom K3IO
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Burt Fisher

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Why?
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Martin Ewing AA6E

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Tom - I imagine you're running drift curves to check on galactic emission.  Or is it a supernova or pulsar search?

73/Cheers - Martin AA6E
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Burt,
I leave my 6500 on 95% of the time at night I leave it running WSPR RX 4 bands and TX 1... 
Or it could be receiving WX Fax and storing them. There are lots of things that can be done unattended..
Dan -- KC4GO
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John - the answer is absolutely.  We designed it that way.  I have one of the very first pre-production 6700s ever built (November 2012).  With the rare exception of traveling to a hamfest, or back to Austin for an expedited ECO or when there is a lightning event, the radio has stayed powered on 7x24x365.

The only moving parts are the fans and the relays.  The only consideration would be the fans.  They will wear out, but they have a high MTBF so I would not concern yourself with that too much, and they are easy and not expensive to replace if a sealed bearing fails.

One other concern might be dust.  If the radio is operated in a dusty environment, then you may need to clean it out occasionally.  If using compressed air to clean any type of cooling fan, make sure the stream of air does not spin the fan when cleaning.  That can damage the fan.
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I do clean the fans, but using short pulses of air so that they get cleaned too. I have found that fans with crud on their leading edges are much more noisy than clean ones.
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Burt Fisher

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My Flex 6300 drew using a Astron RS-20M 55 watts in receive

                                                                      510 watts transmit 6 meters

                                                                      400 Watts transmit on 10 meters

                                                                       375 watts transmit on 40 meters

                                                                       379 watts transmit on 160 meters.

If I were to leave it on here where electric rates are high 25 cent/kw it would add about $10 to my bill.

I have consideration for the planet I live on so I shut it off.




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The crux of his question was not about power consumption, but the ramifications to the hardware itself by leaving it on, of which there are practically none.
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Burt Fisher

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I did get that, it was never a question in my mind that the Flex would work fine 24/7.
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Robbie - KI4TTZ

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I've had mine on pretty much 24/7 for about a year now (since I bought it). No problems at all.
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Burt Fisher

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What do you pay for electricity and why leave it on 24/7?

I only wait 40 seconds for it to boot. Do you leave the computer on as well?

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Robbie - KI4TTZ

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Not sure what the rate is here. I've never bothered to look.

Yes, the computer stays on too.  I use it (the computer) full time, usually remotely, even from work because my laptop is too old and slow to run all the apps that I run.

Having the flex on full-time is mostly for convenience since I rarely go to that room in my house. Also sometimes I like to leave JT65 decodes/reporting running all the time on multiple bands - it's helpful for other operators to see where their transmissions are being heard.
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I leave my computer, monitor and 6700 on 24/7 with 8 bands up.  
Loving it!