I Bet This Video Will Help Sell A Lot Of Radios

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I noticed that Icom is really aggressive with product promotion and demonstrations.

Look at how detailed this video is.

I know a lot of Flex users make video but it would sure be nice if the team at FRS starts making detailed product videos like the other companies.
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Bill Roberts

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What do we want, good grammar or good taste?
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Bill Roberts

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What do we want, good grammar or good taste?
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Ideally both.
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See mouse support on 7610
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I tried to save these settings with global profane they were not remembered. What sets did you take ? I set u the radio opened up my generall operating profile hit save. I assumed it updated this previously saved profile. It did not save the antenna settings
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I started with the profile I always us then changed my antenna selection, then turned on antenna gain to lets say 10Db,,,went to the top and selected profiles and then global profiles,,created a new name for it and saved
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Nope doesn't work.  Yes it will save THE one band I was on when I saved the profile.  However, if I then go to another band, set things up, save the profile ....that is update the profile with this new data, only that band is memorized the rest are not.
Peter
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yes I think you would do it for each band you use, simply do that and name them bye band
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No, it doesn't work.  What happens is, even if you setup a band and then save it to a common profile it gets screwed up when you save the other slice.  So, I am trying to save slice A on ant 1, rcve/xmit pre amp on,  Slice B with ant 2 rcv and xmit, and pre amp on.  When I save slice B alone slice B is just fine, but it corrupts the saved data for slice A and so on.  Some how the global profile is failing to recognize the independence of slice A and B.
Peter
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There are videos for Flex radios, made by Bob Nagy and others. 

The thing about reviews - it's best if they are done independently. A company sponsored review has a lot less weight, IMO. 
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The video you referenced is not made by Icom. It's made by two independent creators. Ray Novak is there on skype for guidance, but it's not Icom's video. Icom has hosted it on their channel, but that's about it. 

Flex has videos on their channel:

https://www.youtube.com/user/FlexRadioSystems/videos

BTW many of those are made by friends of Flex, not employees. 


Mike Walker, VA3MW, who is a Flex employee made a tutorial video. He put it on Vimeo. 

See here:
https://vimeo.com/242338579


So friends of Flex make videos and these videos are excellent.

Like Bob Nagy:
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=EVuN8-9y2ZI&t=1s

Or Ken Wells, who has a whole tutorial series:
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=3s7UbKiqxAA&list=PLnwyVLOEhQm4K8pFLe-g_Aoasm9WNXZOB

By the way, Ken's advice is invaluable as he knows quite a lot about audio. Since he is a pastor I am not surprised.

Dave DeCoons has some:
https://www.youtube.com/results?search_query=david+decoons

Hope this was helpful.

73
Ria
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But as you said a corporate one well filmed would go well.
See their YouTube channel. They do have to add some for the new rigs but these radios are new and they have multiple irons in the fire right now so it may take some time, if they plan to do it at all.

https://www.youtube.com/user/FlexRadioSystems/videos
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"The thing about reviews - it's best if they are done independently. A company sponsored review has a lot less weight, IMO. "

Yes Ria independent video great for customer reviews, Company videos great for official product demos.
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See the links I posted above, John. There are official videos professionally produced.
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Yes the one Mike Walker, VA3MW put out a few weeks ago is very good.
Unfortunately the latest video on FRS’s website is for the PGXL from over year ago.

Don't get me wrong FRS is selling plenty of radios without these videos but it would just great for those people that are trying to decide what new radio they will buy to hear it from the folks at Flex direct.

I totally understand that FRS has been super busy with getting the new products out and I will be the first to admit, getting product out the door is a much higher priority than making videos right now. I would guess when they have some time to create a professionally produced video they will.

I'm just glad to have one of the finest radios available today, A FlexRadio.

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It wouldn't be too hard for Flex to make a much more professional promotional video.
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Yes video production is more affordable today than every before. Could you imagine how powerful it would be to have Gerald K5SDR, Eric KE5DTO & Steve N5AC make official comprehensive videos. Each person could go over various aspects relating to their area of expertise such as software hardware and so on. Now what would be better than hearing from the very people who created these products.

Yes I do agree that many of the video made by users are very good and informative and I don't discount the effort thay have made, the more video out there the better!

IMHO the marketing value of these official videos would far exceed the cost to make them.

Beside I love to listen to those really smart guys.

:)


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"To Ria's point, the video example used here is not a good one. Icom is a big sponsor for Hamnation."

Imagine how pissed Icom would be if FRS became a co-sponsor for hamnation and had to compete on the same show.

Now that would be very aggressive, and don’t forget although there are many good ham radio podcasts and YouTube channels HamNation is currently one of the most popular Ham radio shows getting more ham’s to view worldwide than any other program at the moment.

BTW HamNation has more sponsors than just Icom. 

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Icom couldn't care less. They already sell plenty of radios as is.
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Here is a video from FlexRadio's head of engineering Steve Hicks N5AC that is just Awesome!
Brought to you by Gary Pearce KN4AQ from Ham Radio NOW. 
https://www.youtube.com/channel/UCxqXFK9ETC5CWEdDD-_HpqA
Please donate to his channel if you can. 

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Thanks for that John, I saw that a long time ago, it is very good to watch it again to refresh. This I think Is a must watch for all Flex users to understand what we hear and see.
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BTW the ICOM rep provided RMDR values from their lab, Sherwood's values are not as optimistic. Should be interesting to see if the ARRL receiver report matches ICOMs. W3DIY
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One things for sure, The new Icom radios are no match for any FlexRadio when it comes to performance.
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I think beyond a certain level it's just a gigantic whizzing contest. That's not to say Flex doesn't make high performance radios - they do - but beyond about 80dB close in dynamic range is where it gets to the point where humans can't really tell the difference.

I enjoy using Flex radios for other reasons - the UI is well thought out, I am not a slave to knobs (my preference), I can remote it easily, SO2R in a box, adjustable EQ built in, a variety of mic options and features that keep on growing. The Flex-6000 for the first time is a radio that just plain makes sense to me. The most frustrating thing I found as a 2 decade long Icom user is that Icom buries its radios in menus, Flex lays it out all in front of you. The mobile rigs were super frustrating for me especially. Even the desktop base rigs like the 756 series were frustrating in many respects. 

But yes, I do like the dynamic range because when the 10 kilowatt guy in the contest fires up his hooooola box 2 kc away and splattering, I can still run my pileup with ease.
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At some point at the level most radios perform in lab test now it really comes down to more tangible things that tells the differences between radios. Things like panel organization and layout. The size of buttons and knobs, can a person with fat fingers operate without fumbling, is there good room between buttons? Are there just to many buttons.

Are menus easy to find and adjust? Is the radio easy to setup and understand? There are many more things I could mention, all is what makes a radio nice to use. These things should have much more importance then some lab stats that make very little if any difference to radio enjoyment. In my opinion.

But this is such a large subject, bigger then I have time for here. If we look deeper into why people buy certain types of radios we find for many, it becomes a very personal thing. Some say, I am an Icom guy, never owned anything else and never will. This could any company, Kenwood, Yaesu, anything. As some of you know I am a writer and can turn this into a long article.
Anyways!!!
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Thanks everyone for the video links. I played with the IC-7300 when it first came on the scene, and saw it as a game changer.  But it was lacking Dual Watch, so I resisted purchase.  When it became clear the IC-7610 would sell for the price of the 6500, I figured I was getting more for my money with Flex.  It may me take years to get comfortable with my new Flex 6600 and Maestro.  So far (I've used it one day at my home QTH) I've been able to use the Maestro with the 6600 when both are wire connected to my LAN.  SmarLink has been a circular login experience (I never achieve a SmartLink connection) .  And Maestro operation on wifi is intermittent, useless :-(  .
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"SmarLink has been a circular login experience (I never achieve a SmartLink connection) .  And Maestro operation on wifi is intermittent, useless :-(  ."

I commented on your other post about updating the software.
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What exactly is not working for you with Smartlink?