Twice today, while calling someone using JT mode, I heard this horrible tree shredder like noise coming from the radio. Couldn't figure out what I had done. I'm religious about keeping the side air vents clean. But the noise was loud and frightening. After that first noise episode, all other transmissions were quiet and normal sounding.
I really panicked the second time it happened till I realized, ....duh I had moved my leg and bumped the paper shredder under my desk which just coincidentally had the same cycle time as a minute of JT transmission.
Don't get old fellow Flexonians...it really sucks!
I have had a few times where age-induced fatigue would cause me to nod-off while waiting for my chance to jump into a CW pileup...only to be awakened by a string of dah-dah-dah's in my headphones because my sleepy fingers laid on the keyer paddle. Then a few minutes later...another dozing and rude awakening.... After six times I decided that the DXpedition could wait because I needed to go to bed!
Well...I started SDR with a 1500 and fell "in love" with SDR. (Yes, I know we are supposed to "love" people and "use" things. Not the other way around....so perhaps I should say, I am EXTREMELY HAPPY with SDR.)
I was thinking about moving up to a Flex-5000, which at the time was my "dream" radio, when I saw the ad for the upcoming 6700/6500 "game changer." Three or four weeks after receiving the 1500, in January 2013, my wife agreed that I should order a 6500. (I really wanted a 6700, but negotiations and $$$ can only go so far!)
I wanted once in my life to have a top-line, high performance rig. My last one was a Kenwood TS-850SAT that I had for 20 years.
The selling points for me were:
1) absolutely crunch-proof receiver.
2) unparalleled transmit audio
3) fabulous receive audio
4) brick-wall filtering.
5) a panadapter that can't be beat - including extremely wide-band display.
6) a panafall that moves with the tuning, unlike on PSDR.
7) The concept of the major SDR "guts in the rig" rather than needing a high-power computer to do the crunching.
8) ethernet connectivity, with remote-ability in the future.
9) stunning CW performance capability due to fast internal processing and brick-wall filtering.
10) best in the industry service.
11) being on the "cutting edge" of amateur radio technology.
12) having a rig that would "grow" with me, not one that was becoming obsolete as soon as I purchased it.
I have joked with my wife, Dee, (N9FYE) is that in my mid-life crisis, I was too poor to buy a sports car, and she (and my "boss") wouldn't let me have a mistress, so I bought a 6500!
When my dad left me a few bucks at his passing, what didn't go to finance my pension, and a family vacation, part of it helped finance the 6500 and tower/LP antenna.
This will likely be the rig and antenna I will retire with, albeit in a different location in 6-10 years.
I have had no regrets...Is it perfect? Not yet. But every new software update has brought me enhanced performance, additional features, and more fun. I look forward to many more to come.
My wish-list for modifications, enhancements and new features is long and creative, like many others. I have seen some of them already come to fruition. Others will wait. perhaps until v.4.0 even. But every few months, it is Christmas all over again. That has been part of my enjoyment.
I'm enjoying my 6500!
Ken - NM9P
I spent over an hour trouble shooting a problem where WSPR was unable to change bands on my Flex. The previous day, it worked just fine. I stopped and stared all associated applications. I restarted all the hardware, I removed apps, reloaded them, reconfigured them. Nothing worked. WSPR could transmit, receive, upload to the WSPR web site. I could see myself on the WSPR map and folks were copying me. The WSPR program on my computer just couldn't change the frequency to a different band.
I was sitting there perplexed and thought well, I'm just going to have to change bands manually by using SmartSDR. I moused over to the "A" slice, typed in the new frequency and nothing! I immediately remembered that I had locked slice "A" so that I wouldn't accidentally change the frequency by bumping the FlexControl. Gotta laugh!
Geez - and I'm not really all that old yet!
Anyway funny story... We all have them... One of the best ever in my opinion was sitting in my bosses home office where he had two phone lines. As we talked he decided he wanted to call someone so he picked up his phone, dialed the number while he talked to me and his other line rang. So he said "dang it..." hung up and found no one was there.
So he hung up and redialed the first guy again he was trying to call. His second line rang again and he said "G...d damn it!" Hung up and answered.
He did this three times before he realized he was dialing his own second line number and he wasn't even that old yet!!!
The comment above about liking SDR better that liking people... I kind of get that... Personally I get along with computers better than I do anyone else. I also get along with cats way better than people. Guess I'm just not meant to be a people person!
Sorry to here that you guys are getting OLDr. With having a FSDR radio, I have been rejuvenated. All that I was told years back about what signals are to look like, (noise, hash, harmonics, Russian woodpeckers (There gone now)), Wow, life is great, and will be better when that new add-on gets released this month!!