Dayton 2016

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I cannot believe we do not have a Dayton 2016 thread going! So here it is.
Post pictures, the lucky guys at Dayton please, for the many of us that cannot be there!

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EA4GLI - 8P9EH - Salvador

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Steve (N9SKM)

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Very professional display and look more than one spot for folks to sit down and turn knobs. Sure beats one radio and a crowd. First class as one would expect from the World's Leader in SDR!
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Lee, Elmer

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I would really like a pic of the operation of K9CT via Maestro at the ARRL booth or where ever it is
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You can see the flex booth on the k5kub live video stream   http://w5kub.com/
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Mike - VE3CKO, Elmer

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Ah, no wonder I haven't got my Maestro, it's in Dayton :)  seriously though I'm getting impatient waiting for RadioWorld (Canada) to get their order. I placed my order the same day Maestro appeared on flexradio.com
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w5kub live feed - watching activity at the Flex booth ...
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EA4GLI - 8P9EH - Salvador

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Winston VK7WH

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It pays to get there early before the crowds arrived. Gerald showed me the prototype linear. I went back a couple of hours later and you couldn't get near the Maestros. Steve is participating in an SRD forum in an hours time. A must forum for me. I hope it will be recorded. Winston

ps the toilets haven't blocked yet. Fingers crossed!

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Gerald messaged that the FRS booth is mobbed! 

https://community.flexradio.com/flexradio/topics/4o3a-power-genius-info

Some other new items:


  • PalStar has a linear

  • Kenwood has a DStar ready HT (Maybe - "Kenwood Tentative" status now)

  • New FT-891 HF Rig

  • There at $28 dual band HTs!!

  • Several new, some SDR incorporating, radios from LNR, Expert Electronics (MB1), Elad, Woxun and more.

Jeff KE9V has posted photos and some details on a good number of these at: https://twitter.com/ke9v

73

Steve K9ZW







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Lawrence Kellar KB5ZZB

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Any bets on Flex announcing anything new. I'm hoping for a qrp rig that will work with Maestro
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Steve K9ZW, Elmer

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In addition to production Maestros and the FRS/4o3a Amp?

Might be a lot to ask?

73

Steve
K9ZW
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Rick Hadley - W0FG

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The 4o3a amp is gorgeous, but likely to be out of my budget range for the near term. Looking forward to hearing more about it at the dinner in an hour or so. I did come home with a new Begali key for the 6500.
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Lawrence Kellar KB5ZZB

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Please comment about the dinner for us poor souls that can't be there
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Varistor

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Flex is running a promotion that is targeting- surprise!- the Icom 7300 users:

1) Buy a Flex AND an Ic-7300
2) Within the first thirty days, decide which radio you want to keep
3) If you like the Icom, return the flex for a 100% refund
4) If you like the Flex, send the Icom to Flex for a 90% credit of your Icom invoice
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EA4GLI - 8P9EH - Salvador

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LOL BS Ranking, ha ha ha, I like that.... hopefully I haven't climbed much on that ladder.


I do hope Rudy doesn't take offense in my comment as it is great to have him providing somewhat constructive criticism.

I was trying to make the same point as you Walt.
Neither of us is in possession of all the correct answers and neither can we predict the future. Ultimately we are mainly "users" of these devices.

If someone feels they could do a better job... they should. I think we can point out our preferences and try to clue in FRS as to some of our desires... but it is ultimately up to them. They will be the recipients of the success and failures.
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It's more than just "users". It is a cliche, but a true one- the customer is always right, especially the paying customer.

As I was driving to Manhattan this morning- stuck in traffic with plenty of time to think- I was wondering if there have been any recent market studies for the ham market. The contesting community does various polls fairly frequently, but I don't recall anything on transceivers. Granted, it is not that trivial, but someone has to do it.
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Varistor

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Salvador,

You can short the Euro or buy long T-bonds. Broadly, you can short US based companies that make most of their profits from export which is likely to suffer from the rising dollar.
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EA4GLI - 8P9EH - Salvador

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I actually did that a few months back. Bought a US Dollar SP500 index with Euros. We will see how it works out.
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Rudy

You say profitability is based on focus and different market segments need to be addressed.

Flex offers SDR's to 4 major segments of the ham radio community 

entry level qrp, 1500
entry level fully functional SDR, 6300
mid range contest grade, SDR 6500
high end SO2R grade SDR, 6700

They offer an integrated and common software package across the later 3 platforms.  The 3 platforms are not identical and require some specificity per radio but the "feel" across radios is identical.

The 6700 has been on top of Sherwood's list for almost 2 years so it clearly satisfies your high end requirement with the 6500 and the 6300 performing almost as well.

Flex developed the Maestro specifically to crack the big time DX/contest market.., which is decidedly high end. That platform is now being integrated into super stations, and Flex works with a team of contesters to better integrate the product into contest workflow and environment.  A single 6700 can do SO2R on its own so no need for a second rig or for the integrator like a MicroHam, markedly reducing the cost of SO2R.

Flex entered into a contract to sell a full duty cycle 1500W SO2R ready amp from 4O3A which is well into development.  The amp is completely integrated into the Flex ecosystem.  There are also the 4O3A switching systems and filters integrated into the Flex ecosystem.

Flex has 2 fully functional API's which allow third party integration into the ecosystem.  Every day I run 5 separate software packages which are fully integrated.  For those I merely indicate which radio on my network (I have 2) I wish to connect and the software does the rest.  I have another 5 or so which are specialty, programs like write log and N1MM+ and some digi stuff.  A month or so ago Iran was on 30M RTTY and I decided to see if I could work them.  I've only made 2 rtty contacts in my life years ago on my F5K.  In 5 minutes I had the system set up, memories entered and proceeded to make the contact with Iran and in one call I broke the pileup, my first DX rtty contact.  I was using WinWarbler in the DXLab Suite which is integrated.  I have FreeDV which is third party and completely integrates itself into the radio's client.  A button choice shows up in the mode menu and all the appropriate filter and signal path choices happen automatically using the waveforms API.  This means that a third party program can completely integrate itself into the radio, not just connect to it.  My station is completely automated as far as band change in my amp and antenna system.  I can make my antenna tuner automatically cycle, again integrating my hardware with the radio and I can make this happen from across the house from any computer with which I choose to connect.

Flex and Maestro were on-board for the recent K5P top 10 DXpedition which generated 75,325 QSO's.  2 6000's and 2 Maestros went and because of the sensitivity of the panadapter several stations on 160 and 80 are in the log that would otherwise not be there.  The ops were able to see stations emerge from the noise and tune them in before they became audible, so maximum time was available to complete the QSO.  All of this seems pretty high end to me.  As I was writing this I managed to work D4Z on 80 and 40, one click on SpotCollector put everything on 80 and one click on the 40M spot put everything on 40, 2 new band fills, in 2 calls on 80 and one call on 40.  On 40 I hit the spot immediately and answered his CQ before the pileup started.

Flex has another front they need to address and that is cracking the momentum of legacy radios in Ham radio.  This is another focus and is part of the trade up program.  The way SDR enters is through word of mouth and experience.  It enters by getting radios into the hands of users and empowering their excitement and brand loyalty.  Once one Flex is purchased, another is likely to follow and one to a buddy may soon follow also.  Once 2 guys in a ham club have Flex and once DXpeditions are running Flex and once big gun contesters are winning with Flex, that long term focus will pay off and the inroads into the ham radio community made.  The 6700 was introduced at Dayton in 2012.  It was created from a clean sheet.  I had an eyeball with Gerald and he told me about the genesis of the 6xxx series.  The 6300 was introduced at Dayton in 2014, a high performance every man's radio.  The Maestro as a concept was introduced at Dayton 2015 and brought to fruition before Dayton 2016, also created from a clean sheet.   An integrated Amp was introduced at Dayton 2016.  All of these platforms continue under active development.   I would say quite a bit of focused activity addressing multiple markets has occurred.

73  W9OY   

  
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Lawrence Kellar KB5ZZB

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Ok Dinner is over. What's up guys
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Bob Wright, N7ZO

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Maybe they're digesting.  :-)
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Tim - W4TME, Customer Experience Manager

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Burp. Going to bed now. Tomorrow comes early
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Lori and sharon prepared to sell radios Friday Morning



The Maestro Bar was busy, sometimes with folks packed 4-deep waiting for a seat



Chris, K6OZY, showing off Maestro running the K9CT superstation to both Craig, K9CT, and new FlexRadio owner HK1R, Jorge (see http://hk1rjumanji.dxarc.org)



More Maestro Bar



SDR Forum Friday afternoon with Scotty, WA2DFI, speaking (Jared, AF7SO and Steve, N5AC also talked).  In another 20 minutes there was even more folks lining the walls standing.



Friday night FlexRadio Banquet -- filled to the gills!  We had 200 people, our largest crowd to date.



Lots of folks were demoing their remote FlexRadios.  Chris would send CW from K9CT's station over remote from a Maestro to another station in Finland using the DL8MRE RadioApp, etc.  Fun had by all!
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EA4GLI - 8P9EH - Salvador

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Thanks for the Pics!!!
One of these years I might make it to one of these events!!
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KY6LA - Howard, Elmer

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More DL8MRE communications
San Diego to Indiana viaDayton



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Ken - NM9P, Elmer

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The large iPad was Howard's. The small one is mine! He was running Smartether.net for VPN. I was running the VPN driver on my ASUS router. Both worked really well....until my iPhone battery ran down and I lost my tethered connection to the Internet.
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I count like 10 Maestros at the Maestro bar.  What do you have all those Maestros plugged into?

73  W9OY
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KY6LA - Howard, Elmer

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12 Maestro Stacked 6300 in a travel case.
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Philip KA4KOE

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Can't wait to get mine in June!
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So was the desert at the Banquet designed to not damage all of those tablets. laptops, iPads, etc.? Any metrics on spilled drinks and/or coffee? Can you indeed pour champagne on a Maestro like they do in the Samsung phone commercials?
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This is America you can do whatever you want
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Jon W1JDB

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Lee: What? You do know this was tongue and cheek right?
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Lee, Elmer

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Jon of course! So was my comment
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Rick Hadley - W0FG

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The DL8MRE app looks like it's going to be great. Thanks for the demo, Howard!
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KY6LA - Howard, Elmer

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Flex Radio portable Stack


Three 6300, one 6500 with power supply and net switch in one portable case driving a bunch of Maestros
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EA4GLI - 8P9EH - Salvador

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So the functionality is there to use several Maestros with one 6500-6700?
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KY6LA - Howard, Elmer

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Multi client is Planned. But not there yet for public consumption
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Al / NN4ZZ

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There were 3 cases with 4 radios each....so it was 1 to 1. Here is a pic of Tim setting it up on Thursday evening.

Regards, Al / NN4ZZ
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I would love to find out how they rack mounted the 6300's.  I would love to get a 4 or 6U GatorBox like that and mount my radio, antenna tuner and power supply.
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Back in Atlanta so fixed the picture ( some reason when posting form my iPad on the drive back it wouldn't orient correctly).   Had to repost - couldn't edit the previous post. 

There was one cabinet with 4 radios at the end of each table end and one between the tables for a total of 12 radios.  

Regards, Al / NN4ZZ  
al (at) nn4zz (dot) com
6700 - HW.................... V 1.6.21.77
SSDR / DAX / CAT...... V 1.6.21.159
Win10

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Thank you to the Flex team for a great experience at Dayton this year. Nice booth, informative banquet, the opportunity to talk directly to staff and other Flex users is much appreciated.

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