Flex 6300 withdrawal symptoms ...

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Well,  I sent my 6300 in for repair yesterday for the dreaded "fan issue".  I could have sent it a week ago but wanted to give hurricane Harvey flooding a chance to recede.

I hooked up my backup rig though.  A Peaberry V2 80-60-40mtr 2w SDR rig using HDSDR software.  While it is a nice fun transceiver and I can get a whole 30w out by running it into my SB-200 amplifier, it really makes me appreciate my 6300 and SmartSDR even more.

So, I will drown my sorrow in pints of premium rum raisin ice cream while awaiting the return of my revived 6300.  Any other medicinal suggestions would be appreciated :-)

---Gary WB8ROL
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Gary L. Robinson

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Jim Gilliam

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I find a 6-pack and a dozen Taco Bell tacos a nice calming agent for about two hours.

Jim, K6QE

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Ria - N2RJ, Elmer

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You like rum raisin too? I love it. In fact I make it. With real Trinidad rum even...
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Gary L. Robinson

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That sounds marvelous!  My all time favorite ice cream was actually Honey Carob but can't find it any place close.  Rum raising I can find locally in the store - But the rum raisin with Trinidad rum sounds like it is several steps better for sure!  Ahhh!  The joys of ice cream!
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Tim - G7GFW / F4VQP

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Would the rum be Vat19 - that was the main brand when I was there in 1964 - you could use to light a fire.
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Ria - N2RJ, Elmer

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I use either Vat 19 or Old Oak. To light fires you want Forres Park Puncheon which is probably not legal in the USA (75% alc./vol). This is definitely not Bacardi. The bottles are useful when done to put peanuts in. :) 

As for the ice cream, yes it's a recipe my aunt taught me and we use an ice cream pail. We used to hand crank but there are electric ones from what I understand. It is pretty smooth and creamy. Any kind of party would always involve home made ice cream!

The ones in the store here really aren't the same. They take out all of the alcohol and just use flavoring. Doesn't taste the same. But I do still have a few Haagen Dazs in the freezer. 
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Not admitting I actually "know" any of these people, but I used to live in the mountains of NC and I "hear" that getting homemade "brandy" is easy.  The next county over from me where I live now is renowned for its high-quality moonshine, but I don't "know" anything about that either ;-) 
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Ria - N2RJ, Elmer

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We call that bush rum in Trinidad because you make that in a barrel in the woods, far away from your house and the police. Reason being it smells for miles!
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Mike - WB8CXO

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Make the 6300 your spare radio after you get your new 6400!
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Bill W2PKY

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Pick one of these to go with the Ice Cream and tune in some shortwave broadcasters from the Caribbean!

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Martin Ewing AA6E

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Ham medicine -- Old Turkey
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Tell me about it!

It's been almost TWO WEEKS since I sent my 6700 back to Austin, TX for a fan/heat sink swap! I'm expecting it back this Friday (kudos to FRS' quick turn around and great customer satisfaction).

I got a RadioSport adapter for my backup IC-7100, and use the same Heil PTT trigger that I use with my 6700...

I just close my eyes and imagine that it's all connected to my dear olde 6700!
(It's less fattening <grin>.)

Vy 73,
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I sent mine in about a month ago and they had it in and out in just a couple days, the shipping took longer than their turnaround. I was lucky I had a second one and drove the 135 miles each way to go to the cabin and get that one and bring it home.

When the 6400's come out just keep your 6300 for a spare. I am thinking of doing that. I have one of the 6400's ordered and they gave me a idea of the trade in value and for that amount I may just keep it for a spare.
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Well, I can't afford a spare rig that cost as much as the - 6300 BUT I kinda took your advice.  I called up Flex and (since the 6300 was already there) did a trade up on a new 6400.  Only bad thing was I missed  out on the 1st run (due to ship perhaps in November) and instead will get my new 6400 in January 2018 (hopefully).
Until then my backup rig will be my $200 Peaberry V2 QRP rig which is 1-2 watts only on 80-60-40mtrs but can drive my SB200 to 25-30 watts.  It uses HDSDR software and seems to like DAX real well.  I could borrow an analog rig with more power but after using SDR for 8 years now - it would just ruin my day and give me heartburn hihi
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I have a 6500
That is why I kept my Flex 3000..you just never know....
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Mark - WS7M

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Gary, I feel so sorry for you that I'm willing to offer that you can remote in (using 2.x) to my lousy little 6500 with it's weak antennas and at least get a fix.

Let me know!
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Gary L. Robinson

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I forgot to thank you for the offer Mark but my internet connection probably would not work well for remote operation with my XYL streaming  hi def videos all day long hihi  Maybe if we ever get gigabyte internet ... :-)