General duty cycle of Flex radios?

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One thing I sometimes struggle with is whether it's better to run the radio for long periods and come back to it as I want to or shut it down, then start it up when I get a chance to get on during the day.  As the 6K really becomes a "radio server" it almost seems it might have been designed with long runs in mind.  The same question with the 5K, which I had resolved to sell till KE9NS came out with his "trick" PSDR and messed me up!  :-)     thanks Mike W1BFA

thoughts, experiences and technical expertise?
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John - the answer is absolutely.  We designed it that way.  I have one of the very first pre-production 6700s ever built (November 2012).  With the rare exception of traveling to a hamfest, or back to Austin for an expedited ECO or when there is a lightning event, the radio has stayed powered on 7x24x365.

The only moving parts are the fans and the relays.  The only consideration would be the fans.  They will wear out, but they have a high MTBF so I would not concern yourself with that too much, and they are easy and not expensive to replace if a sealed bearing fails.

One other concern might be dust.  If the radio is operated in a dusty environment, then you may need to clean it out occasionally.  If using compressed air to clean any type of cooling fan, make sure the stream of air does not spin the fan when cleaning.  That can damage the fan.