I have been on my flex 6500 since October. Setup here is the flex 6500 and a Comet rotary dipole on my roof at 40 feet. The dipole is trapped for 4 bands. 40/20/15/10 meters. With the flex auto tuner I can tune 12/17 meters and get a low swr. Usually I like to rag chew on cw, but lately been working a lot of dx (cw). Amazed how easy it is working split and using the panadapter screen to make a contact. Also been using rf gain on the antenna 10/20db and the "apf" at times. A big plus.
What really want to say is " what a great rig". Been a ham for over 50 years and started in the navy as a radioman(in the mid 50's). All I can say is "what a great change"