FLEX 3000 RX LEVEL DRAMATICALLY DROPS

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his just happened, for the first time ever, over the weekend during the ARRL Sweepstakes Contest and has never happened before. All of a sudden, regadless of band I am using, there will be a dramatic drop, about 1/2, in reception. This is a severe attenuation of several db. I will key up the microphone and it will return to its prior level. However, soon after recovery, it will dip again just as dramatically. It may remain operating normally for several minutes before it does drop again. I have not changed the attenna at any time prior to this happening. I have not changed microphones although the same effect and recovery will happen regardless of the microphone I use. I have not changed computers nor added software to the PC that is dedicated to the operation of the radio. I have an ICOM IC-7410 using the same antenna and when I switch to that rig, everything operates nominally so I have isolated it to the FLEX 3000. Apparently, this issue does not impact TX since I have metered full output when it is occuring on the RX side. It always recovers when I key up the microphone.   Also when the RX level drops, do not lose the incoming signal but hear it at a vastly reduced audio level.  Any ideas?
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Mark Gottlieb

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Bill -VA3WTB

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it sounds like the AGC was turned on to long and the preamp is on?
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Mark Gottlieb

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I am not sure I understand.  I never touched the AGC since purchased.  It reads MED.  Pre-amp is on and is set at Pre2.  These have been the settings for the last 10 months more or less.  Does that fit into your theory?
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They can effect the Rc, I have a Flex 3000 here I have had for about 5 years, I can't recall having that happen to me. Hold on,,someone from Flex may reply to you....
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I know...They always reply.  No problem there.  I was just seeking any ideas before Monday through this forum.  And, it is still under warrant.  Thanks for taking the time.
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Does the drop show on the S Meter
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No.  The drop shows on the Panadapter with the obvious reduction in volume.  I never lose the incoming signal.  It remains constant but at a lower volume.  When I key up the mic, it recovers for a while.  I am on JT65 now and am not experiencing the issue which further isolates it to something with the mic and those components?
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Just tried again on SSB and, yes, the S meter is also reduced along with the reduction in sginal indicated on the Panadapter.
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I don't know what this could be,,you may need to put in a help ticket to Flex for more help...
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I still think it must be something simple. Try a computer and radio reboot.Do you have a saved data base saved to import back in. It sounds also like the AGC-T is acting up, but that wont effect the panadaptor or S meter.
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Kevin WB4AIO

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I would suspect a mechanical T/R relay has developed a problem.

73,

Kevin.
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I did reboot the computer and the radio in my troubleshooting and the problem persists.  I agree that it is showing all the signs of a mechanical problem and am waiting for the reply from FLEX since I submitted a request for Technical Support.  The rig is still under the 1 year warranty.
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This may or may not relate, but.....

If I am listening on a very low freq (WWVB on 60kh)  and change bands by entering entering 21.076 I find that there is a very large attenuation such that I thought I had a problem.  After a couple of hours I switched bands with the "Band" window and the problem went away.

My suspicion is that any bandpass filtering just didn't think any fool would tune down there and just work his way up looking around.

I decided to save any report until after 1.4 gets here since I considered it pretty much a non-problem!

Ooops.. I just realized this was a F3000 not F6500 problem - sorry.

Jim
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