In some of our chats a number of listeners have checked in to say hi as we often talk about SDRs and in almost every case these guys can tell if someone is using a Flex series radio. They picked me out on my Flex right away.
They described it like a Kazoo sound. I've tried playing with EQ and I'm using XLR input on a really nice audio mic so I don't think it is that.
I'm just wondering if anyone else has had "Flex SSB" reports?
I have had positive comments on my audio most of time. There have been times my setup has changed and had comments that something isn't but that happens.
Ken goes through a method of adjustment for the hand mic but the technique could be used for any mic. There's another video on setting up full duplex for testing. I'm actually working on setting up my microphone for the first time (PR-781) in preparation for this the NAQP SSB.
I am assured the Flex is capable of putting out some of the most outstanding audio available on the bands so if you are getting poor reports you should be able to improve the situation. At some point I'm going to guess they'll recognize your Flex by the high quality audio.
It might be fun sometime for a few of us to try a meetup on the air and critique each other.
I can't here it myself. I do have access to a remote so I'll try recording myself and see what I hear. I want to try the FlexNet some day.
The DX version is here.
The Rag Chew version is here.
More likely, you are talking to a few hyper-critical audiophiles who are detecting the very slight, almost imperceptible distortion introduced by the very excellent PROC. When you talk to them, don't use it! Hi hi. ( In fact, I have one Mic Profile that I always use when I talk to a certain group or two on the low end of 80 Meters. I don't like it as well as some of my others, but it keeps them at bay.)
Or... if your bass is turned up too high, it can overload the PROC and cause some distortion or digital artifacts even if you are not in the "red." Turn your mic gain down a little.
The same can also be true if you have too many highs. I have found especially that too much 1K slider can give you a horn-like or "honky" sound quality. Nudge it down a notch at a time and see how it changes your sound.
Good audio is an art with the flex and takes some time to get what you want. But most people can get superior audio from the 6000, which will be very pleasing to 99.8% of the hams you talk to.
As others have said, ave a look at the tutorials. One that might be especially helpful for this issue is my "tour of audio profiles." It is a bit long (20 min.). But may be illustrative.
Ken - NM9P
I know these guys are picky and really they are good guys but they claim they can pick a flex out any time. Not sure I believe them and I'd like to show up one day with a clean signal and blow them away.
Ken, I have been through 5 flex radios to date: 1500, 6300, 6500, back to a 6300, back up to a 6500 and on the 6500 I have now I'm running balanced mic into it, a really good music quality mic.
Ria, I turned the proc off so I don't think that is it and Ken yes I'm trying to build up mic profiles for different times.
One problem I have is I've been doing lots of CW (get great audio reports on that!!!). So I'm just branching out in to voice pretty much for the first time on this rig.
I think the flexnet and perhaps a sked or two with some of you would be great.
@Kev K4VD - Quick suggestion, go through your audio chain lightening up on use of audio modifiers and gain. You didn't exactly say what microphone you are using other than it wasn't a ham radio mic. You may need to back down settings that with a ham mic would be set higher, in order to get the sound you want.
It is 100% possible to adjust a setup to really sound good. I'm using a Shure SM5B studio broadcast microphone through a neutrally adjusted audio amp and using just the modifiers in SmartSDR. A sked session with a friend doing adjustments and I am very happy with the reports I get.
I also think your buddies are stroking you a bit too. I've done an A-B test with a group saying I was switching between radios, but just flipping profiles only to have them declare the "Non-Flex" was better when it was all the same. YMMV but I wouldn't put too much stock in emotives and more in your own ear.
Remember the line from the Ricky Nelson song, Garden Party?
"But it's all right now, I learned my lesson well.
You see, you can't please everyone, so you got to please yourself"