Flex Radio Mobile

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With the soon to be released Maestro, is anybody thinking of running a flex 6000 series in the mobile. I am talking about a traditional mobile set up and not remote.
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Lawrence Kellar KB5ZZB

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Bob Hinkle

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Well, if I had a '62 Caddy with a really BIG dashboard......
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More as a mental exercise only. Maestro is a bit big for mounting in a car, and I'm not sure the many thousands of dollars worth of gear provide a real advantage for casual mobile use. Maybe in an RV, or V/UHF contest rover, though.
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I've thought a little bit about it, and in the end, just went with my TS-480. As much as I love my Flex, I fear all that screen activity would just distract me. Seems like zipping around the spectrum and looking at stuff has become a new part of my hobby.
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I have been dreaming about transferring my iPhone screen to the GPS screen of my car and mobiling that way. Interfacing the audio through Bluetooth. I do that now with the audio and it's a kick driving around the state listening to the ham bands.
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That's what i do with my new GM, you have the possibility to display all the apple product ( ipod, ipad and iPhone ) in the 8in. touch screen truck / car display. Also, GM now provide high speed internet BUILT IN almost ALL their vehicules, so i'am using my lap top to have my flex on the road, can't wait to have the Maestro to have a radio "head" in the truck instead of the laptop :-)


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Hi, Marc!


Are you able to use the GM screen as a touch screen so you can control the radio with your fingers, or do you still have to control the iPhone, and it just mirrors everything taking place on the iPhone?


Jim, K6QE

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I currently use an ICOM IC-7000 along with a SGC-231 Auto-tuner in my RV (Fleetwood Discovery).  When my Maestro shows up I may take my 6700 along on a trip and compare the two rigs in a mobile environment.  If things work out in favor of the Flex I might purchase a 2nd one to mount permanently in our RV.   
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Going to Winter Field day  in my RoadTrek (Small RV) this weekend) Using 6500, Hustler Mobile & Long Wire when Fixed with and SGC tuner to make it work. WiFi router and a Dell XPS-13 to run it all.
Good chance to check noise blanker against the TS-480 that's been my mobile rig for about 10 years.

Dan-- KC4GO
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I have thought about trying mobile with my 6500 in my 99 Roadtrek 190 Popular by using the K6TU and a cheap wireless router. Perhaps even with a laptop when not in motion. But is is going to be hard to run mobile with a rig that is worth almost as much as my RV!
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I am able to use Teamviewer with my iPhone using Verizon wireless and get the whole enchilada on my iPhone in the car. However wireless data is not free!


Jim, K6QE

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I'll setup on 7.191 prior to my drive and try working the RV Service Net from 07:00 to 09:00 I have been working those guys for about 10 years so kind of know (propagation aside) how it should go.
@ Ken my RT is a 2005 Popular and I'm looking for the award for working from all states (40 meters)  We did Alaska and Hawaii before not from the RT. We have been to all 48 most twice.

Dan -- KC4GO
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Jim, I'm curious what your using for the audio along with Teamviewer on your Iphone? Thanks for sharing....
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I am using Teamviewer. You have to make a setting to get the audio. Very little latency. When I am not using Teamviewer, I stream the audio from my home computer using a program called Broadwave Streamer. I capture the audio with an app called Tunein Radio on my iPhone. It allows one to use a custom URL address to capture custom audio.


Jim, K6QE

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Please keep us abreast of the noise handling capabilities of the Flex. The demonstrations earlier when it came out where mind boggling.


Jim, K6QE

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I was thinking maestro and a 6300 would be great in a boat.  If I had a boat, that is...
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Robbie, I have been sailing since I was a kid, my last boat was the
37ft Colin archer steel ketch "Skua".
A Flex-6300 might be good for sailing on a pond, but go to Lake Michigan
or - here in Germany Lake Constance - and you'll have moisture, smoke,
beer, salmon, grease, and a lot more coating your beautiful -
and expensive - radio. To cap that, go sailing on the big blue
ocean, as I did and do, and you'll love an easy to use, tough, salt water
resistant radio, as my old FT-890AT, then FT-897 and now TS-480.

My FT-897 has been given a nice little salt water/oil/fish shower of
harbour water, when one of my sailing comrades decided to wash the boat down after a crossing from Scotland to Norway,and forgot to close the big
hatch above the upper saloon table and the radio equipment.

I took the radio apart, which is surprisingly easy to do, washed everything down with distillled water and dried it with a hairdryer. The FT-897 still
works, I only had to replace the speaker, which sounded quite interestingly,
because of all the rust... Now let me see you doing that to a 6k3...

Alex DH2ID

1. SY Skua, 37ft Colin Archer ketch, 120 sq meters sail:

2. Skua radio station for PACTOR, SSB,CW
   (FT-897, SCS PTC-IIe, MFJ tuner) used in harbour only:

3. Ham radio to the left, maritime radio to the right
    (the big hatch above the radio station ;-))
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Alex:  Great looking vessel.  Below is my mobile platform -'Pleiades' - on mooring in Annapolis for a long weekend.  Along with shot of nav table, er,  ham shack!  Rig is an ICOM 706.   Luckily have not had the thefts mentioned by others or the fun wash down.  Only ingress was lightning which hit the backstay antenna and took out lots of stuff that lives on trons!  Put some new holes in bottom too.  Other than that, HF mobile on a boat is wonderful.  Especially on off shore passages when it is cheap and easy to stay in touch with home!

73, Tom
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Nice looking boats guys!  I'd love to get one someday, I'm only 2.5 hours from the Atlantic (in NC), but I don't know anything about them.
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Tom, your "Pleiades" is beautiful and modern, looks easier to sail, too ;-)
The best thing about my "Skua" is, that you can haul up her keel electrically,
all 3 tons and 4 meters of it, and she then draws only 1 m.
You need that on the southern and western North Sea coast and it lets you fall dry on even keel. It's nice to sit on an sandbank with all those seals...
73, Alex DH2ID
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Alex:  Nice feature for sure!  Our home port is on the Chesapeake Bay.  Lots of shallow water and shoals in places.  Would be great to have a swing keel.  Touching bottom is a pretty common event.  Would love to see what sailing in the North Sea is like!  

Have to admit I am now thinking of taking the Flex along on a cruise next year. It has really spoiled me, and the ICOM has lost a lot of its luster.

73, Tom 
K1FR
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The iPad or some other similar device might be better suited if you have mobile phone wireless capabilities and have deep pockets. :)
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Well, when my F3k was made redundant for a short time by my F6k5,
I tried it in my car, although only for show on a fieldday, and not strictly mobile, because my XYL was driving slowly on a country road and I had to do the talking and balancing both the F3K and Toughbook CF-52 on my lap.
It worked, sort of, but I woudn't want this setup for a mobile rig - much too clumsy to work, and I don't think the electronics will keep up to all that vibration and moisture/heat.
I'll keep to my FT-857D...
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With you guys talking about mobile experiences harkens me back to a hockey game I went to with my, then, girlfriend and her dad. I had a CB radio in the car. The game was at the Providence civic center. During the game she broke up with me and upon returning to the car the largest piece of the driver side window was no bigger than a penny and the window pieces lay in the driver seat. The radio was gone and the under side of the dash was twisted metal.

Are you guys really sure you want $1100 +/- worth of radio gear sitting in your front seat or attached to the dash?
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IF I ever mobile it in my Roadtrek Class 'B' RV, it will be mounted out of sight under the bed cabinet with a wireless access port in order to control it from my iPad or laptop.  The antenna lead will only be about 6 feet!  Power will come from the House battery.  

But this is a pipe-dream.  Right now my IC706MK2G works fine in the mobile, although I need to do some more antenna work.  The antenna mount for my Hustler needs replaced, the aluminum strap is cracked.

This may become a project a few years from now as I prepare my retirement vehicle.  I am looking at the possibility of a used Thor Vegas - 25 ft. class 'A.'  They might be affordable on the used market by then!  Perfect for three of us with about 10 MPG.  Not bad for a Class 'A,'

Ken - NM9P
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1970's ... WA6LRA (me) goes mobile for the first time. In the throes of a heartbreak I took my life-savings and bought a Swan Cygnet 270B and mounted it in my Volkswagen Van replete with tie-dyed curtains and other accoutrements. Cool ... till we all headed to San Francisco to Winterland to watch the Grateful Dead and New Riders of the Purple Sage. It was my birthday and my new girlfriend had made me a cake to eat after the concert. Came back early in the morning, pretty sure I did drink the kool-aid that was passed around, only to find that someone had broken into my van, ripped out the 270B, and stepped on my birthday cake in their retreat.

I barely remember, (if you remember the 60's you weren't there) all of us taking the cake with a shoe print smashed into the frosting down to the police department hoping they could use the clue to find the scoundrels (surely unlicensed). Seems odd looking back now, but that kool-aid must have been really, really good!

Haven't worked mobile since ...

W7NGA  dan
San Juan Island, Wa.
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In the mid 80's I was attending summer graduate school at UW Madison. I had a Swan MX-100 mounted under the dash of my VW Rabbit; big HF antenna on the bumper and a 2m antenna on the cowl. The 3rd day I was there I walked out to the parking lot to find the driver's window broken out, the Swan gone, along with the 100w 2m amp that was under the front seat, and most annoyingly, my prescription B&L sunglasses. Haven't done serious HF mobile since, but I now have a new Icom 7100 that's awaiting installation in my Jeep Wrangler.
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Rick, my brother Bill went to UW Madison (undergraduate) about the same time. Small world, eh?
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Walt - KZ1F

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Is there anybody on this forum under the age of,say, 50?
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I'm 41.
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KY6LA - Howard, Elmer

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My eldest is older than you.
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I'm currently running 2 vehicles with Kenwood TS-480s a 4 by sc2879 amplifier and a HI-Q antennas. I liken a FLEX Radio to The analogy " A blind man finally being able to see ". Going from one conversation to the next would be easier. And I am just a little under 50....
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My first mobile was a homebrew 40M AM/SSB rig I built into a side pannier of my motorcycle in UK in 1965. Worked Motorcycle MOBILE riding from London to my new job in Mysore India. Antenna was a huge whip that slowed down the bike. Only issue was crossing Syrian Border into Jordan when the Syrian Military got it into their heads that I must be a Jordanian spy so they ripped the bike apart looking for spy stuff. Lots of great stories from that ride. But OT so another time and place.

My second mobile was a 49MHz GE Highway patrol tube radio converted to 6M which used a dynamotor which took up the entire trunk of my Triumph TR4. The car lights would dim when hit PTT. Drove that one from Montreal to Alaska and back pulling a tent trailer.in 1967 on one of my many Honeymoons.

Yes. I am way over 50.
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I wouldn't call it ancient, but you're warm.
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Gonset made a converter that would mount under the steering column for mobile ham receivers. Just about everyone used one except for the rich who used mobile receivers. The converter would run between the mobile antenna and the antenna input of the car receiver. It also had a switch to switch between the broadcast antenna and the mobile antenna.
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And we're all hoping you make it to the ancient level, Walt. Beats the alternative, eh?
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I'm not that far away. Actually Howard and I aren't that far apart. It just struck me most on here are mid 60's, well except for Robbie. Why is that noteworthy? Shared experiences, only vague recollections of the sixties, etc.
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Mid 60's. I see that back in the rear view mirror.
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Plan on heading out in March in the 24ft ClassA for about three months.  To test out, installed the 6700 and worked the 10M contest  from Pensacola Beach.  It worked great.  I got a 17" HDMI, usb powered monitor for the primary display and a 16" usb monitor for second monitor.  I use an Intel nuc 5I5 for the computer.  All running off of 12 house batteries.  Moving mobile used the HDMI on the dash between driver and passenger.  I also ran Delorme map program.  I made one contact moving but I'm getting too old to multi task.  Once fixed.  I set up the second monitor, worked from the "kitchen" table.  Antenna hex beam.  The band was a bit dead here but did manage to work 299 stations.  I could not find one non-dupe to get and even 300.  I found some sources of noise in the rv that I need to resolve but all in all everything went well. I had no engine noise while moving so didnt need any noise filtering.

 I'm going to pick up a 3 element 6m beam in Orlando since that has become my preferred band. I hope to set up and op from some of the less populated grid squares.  Anyway,  I am looking forward to the Maestro so I can easily sit under the awning sipping whatever and work some DX.

roger
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When I had a ICOM 756 Pro 3 in my RV .... I traveled around the country then from job to job doing instrument work.... I had serious noise issues that traced back to the switching power supply that the Rv used to keep the batteries charged while on shore power....Every time I wanted to use the radio I had to pull the fuse for the charging system
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My first HF mobile experience was in 1964. I used my HS graduation money to by a used Hrathkit MR1/MT1 AM combo and set that up in the back seat in my dad's '61 Buick on a family vacation. The next year, when I was in college and had my first car, '59 VW, I traded the rig for HW-12 and a Hustler antenna that I mounted in the bug, complete with an auxiliary 12v alternator, as the bug had a 6v system.
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I am planning on using the Maestro mobile in my Wrangler and Subaru WRX I ordered.  Actually, it may be less distracting and easier to use than a conventional setup.  As you can see signals, there will be less just turning a dial as you drive.  I currently use a TS 480 on road trips and it is OK, but I am sure it will not stand up to a Maestro with a Flex radio in the back.  I already built a way to mount it using some RAM and VESA mounts.  This summer I am planning on driving from Chicago to San Diego with the Maestro.  Maybe my dog could make a few contacts too from the back seat.
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My first HF mobile experience was with a Hallicradters SR-150 sitting behind the second seat on top of suitcases in a 1971 Buick Estate Wagon. The antenna was a home brew helically wound 40 meter antenna wound on a cheap bamboo cane fishing pole and lashed to the bumper with coat hangers and brackets borrowed from muffler clamps. My dad, a non ham, but creative "bodger" helped me put it together when I was a freshman in college.

We drove that thing all the way from Indiana to Yellowstone National park and most of the way back before it started coming apart....

Ken - NM9P
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Anyone remember Master Mobile antennas? In my opinion, it has never been topped. Very High Q inductor, mounted in the center of the antenna for  improved radiation resistance, and very simple mechanically. Never used a better antenna setup for mobile.


Jim, K6QE

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Lawrence Kellar KB5ZZB

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That was more in line with what I was thinking.
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Any of you who watch the community close you know I have one desire from flex and that is remote over the WAN. I have run HF mobile since 1974 from a KWM2A , FT 101, FT 7 (a great little rig) ts 120, ts 130, ts 50, ic 706, 706mk2, 706 mk2g, ts 480, ic 7000, ic 7100. So yes I have driven all over Anerica with big antenna and up to legal limit power. I will not do this anymore. O peration over the wan for me when or if it comes! I like the iPad program and if I was on the road it would get a nod from me. I have run a flex 3000 Mobil and worked really sweet used a net box computer but still need the big antenna.

So I want to use my arrays at home via wan , hopefully flex will create a Mobil mode which shut pan adapter down ans allow the basic functions to display ( already using the big screen of my f150 King Rancher to show computer screen a custom midi controler will give knobs because a mouse is not the way to go Mobil.

This is my Mobil I want, in fact I was a very early buyer of the new controler but realized it was not what I needed since it was too bulky for Mobil and the belting er midi which I bought for 49.00 is doing a great job at home to give me knobs and sliders and buttons, works outstanding. I got my deposit back and have never looked back. So running my 6500 or a 6300 in the truck is not even a option.