Disappointed, just simply disappointed

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Upgrade again !  I set time aside for the upgrade. Read the problems some people were having.Poured a fresh cup of coffee, and downloaded the upgrade. Ten minutes later it wa done. Done !! No problems, no issues, just done. Hey, us hams are suppose to troubleshoot, fix, repair, figure out stuff. How about a checkbox that would ASK for a small problem or two?  I've got spare time on my hands now, and that ain't a good thing !!  
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Frank Allen

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Tim - W4TME, Customer Experience Manager

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You can come to my house and rake some leaves.  The XYL has been on me about that ;-)
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Bill W2PKY

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I remember those days in NJ! Had to pack them in bags and take to the city dump.
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Ria - N2RJ, Elmer

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We're done with that thankfully. Now we have an awesome lawn service. 
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Frank Allen

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You just need to move further North, Tim. Snow has already covered the leaves I didn't rake, and the lawn that really needed mowing, and it's too cold to paint around the house. Guess I gotta babysit the Grandson and plkay ham radio. Darn !
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Jay / NO5J

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Mark

Assembling it all is not the issue. I can handle the on the ground work. It's the ladder and rooftop work that my oldest son-in-law, an EMT has insisted I need to avoid. The very same son-in-law that, installed the shack roof, did all the roof repairs sub-optimally, and claims he didn't forget the antenna project, and now drives my pickup that I gave him last year, after the doctors all agreed that I shouldn't be driving anymore either, BTW, we warned you about that too.  

I've offered to reclaim the pickup, sell it, and use the proceeds to hire the job done.
But he insists that there's no need to do all that, it's all on his to-do list. Which he might look into getting around to, someday real soon. 
   
 SDRgadgets

73, Jay - NO5J

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Mark WS7M

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Well I guess I'm not getting through Jay... See I can avoid all of that for you.  You just call UPS, ship it here.  It gets assembled and tested for you then when your son-in-law is ready he can drive up and get it for you and mount it.

You just sit back in your easy chair with the warm and fuzzy feeling that your hex beam is a live an well on a small tower in Fort Collins, getting everything all worn in and functional in preparation for your eventual use.

Its a known fact that antennas have to wear in and doing it in a fantastic environment like Fort Collins where your antenna will actually feel WWV is by far the best.

Win-win I say!   <GRRRRRRINNNNNNNN>
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Jay / NO5J

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Mark

Not sure I can depend on the son-in-law, to go pick up the assembled hexbeam in preparation for the roof work, that he insists he's not procrastinating about.

It might be some sort of karmic thing. I used to procrastinate quite a bit, especially when it involved something I had no intention of ever doing.   
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73, Jay - NO5J

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Kevin K4VD, Elroy

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It seems like Mark's offer is your best bet for getting any use out of your Hex beam. At least this way, you, using whatever antenna you have now, can have a QSO with Mark using your Hex beam and get some satisfaction that you've finally got to use that Hex beam of yours.

Optionally, get rid of the son-in-law and get a new one.

I suggest the path of least resistance.

Kev
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I second Kevin's suggestion.   When Jay should expect the UPS boxes?
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Jd Dupuy

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You can come finish building this 8,000 square foot house for me in 10 degree weather. My customer wouldn't mind seeing a fresh new face on the job. I'll even provide the tools (I do this anyway).
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Frank solving small problems with Flex hardware of software is not a big deal.  To be real helpful to us hams, you could work on the solar conditions and cook the ionosphere a bit more. That should take you to dinner time at least.
Andy K3UK 
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Mark WS7M

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I've got snow you can shovel!  :)
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Frank Allen

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Oh, OK Andy, if you insist. But I run WSPR and JT9 mostly so it will take a while to cook things off. Guess I better start, eh !
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Rory - N6OIL

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Same thing here, I even did it remotely from work via TeamViewer. Running Windoze 8.1 on a freebie Lenovo M51 with 500gb SSD. Good times. Ready for the next big update!
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Clay N9IO

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Frank I'm canceling winter so get ready you may be raking yet!
For those of you who never see snow, well I'm not thinking nicely about you right now.
Just saying.........
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Rory - N6OIL

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We sure could use some snow here in So Cal high desert. Last time we had a good snowfall was back in 2008 18" then.
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Ria - N2RJ, Elmer

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I need help raising some antennas on the tower. Come on over. 
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Frank Allen

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You have no idea how much I would like to do that. I was on the original installation tower crew for Gabriel Electronics putting up microwave dishes, a long time ago. Now, I'm too old and my cardiologist threatens me when I climb my little tower !!
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Ria - N2RJ, Elmer

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But I have cookies and free food!!! And even beer if you want... Oh well!
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I told a ham friend that upgraded from older SDR Technologies and told him he would get bored with the new
6000 series as it works pretty darn good.
Which he has found out.
We had a laugh or two about that but its true Flexradio keeps getting better all the time.
Except for the occasional of (myself) forgetting to switch around DAX or Com port configuration.
I guess you cant dummy proof everything in this world. :)
73 Jeff
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Kevin K4VD, Elroy

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That is a good point. On my old FT-1000 I found myself tweaking and tuning and simply enjoying the challenge of finding and copying weak stations. With mediocre antennas my chances of contact were quite minimal. Jumping into a pileup blind basically left me simply hoping for luck.

With the Flex, there's no doubt about a learning curve. Learning the adjustments and understanding of the noise abatement techniques is key. Then finding that station becomes a lot less difficult. Visualizing the pile up, noticing the DXer's response pattern and finding the sweet spot in the pileup. Actual communications becomes possible! :)

Love my Flex. Love what it does. Love the fact I can complain about things that last year I didn't even know were possible. Love the potential. Love that it is getting me into new areas (C# programming).

But I do miss the glow of a fluorescent frequency readout. Maybe the new amp will help me get over that.

Kev
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Frank, if you didn't follow Tim's great directions, you could have  a lot more fun.
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Tim - W4TME, Customer Experience Manager

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