From Ralph K0IR:
"ACOM, FlexRadio Systems, and SKY SAT/4O3A put aside personal gain and competition and worked together to help the Bouvet Island DXpedition be a better experience for you the DX’ers. These are truly quality people."
Enough said. Well done.
Like you I know and am friends with a few of the Bouvet ops.
They as well as the Flex, 4O3A and Acom guys will always have my respect.
The common denominator I see is that all of this is done for the love of amateur radio, period.
Any ham worth his/her salt respects that comradely passion.
These guys will always have my support!
When a customer puts down a $1000 deposit, that is a commitment to Flex to help them determine the production demand. I believe Flex should reciprocate, and keep those committed customers informed along the way.
I am 100% confident that Ranko's and Gerald's teams are working extremely hard to ensure that they get out the best product possible - and that is why I and others are loyal Flex customers.
I just would like to see more update information "pushed" out by Flex, instead of us customers trying to "pull" it from Flex, and this site only serving as a Q&A board.
Parts availability is one thing, but 4O3A/Sky Sat also has a brand new amp, that is largely untested in the field. It is best that they also have some time tested and proven ones from Acom so they don't lose everything (hundreds of thousands of dollars in costs) should the amps they bring decide to not work. The model chosen is the Acom 1500 which is a manual tune amp. Manual tune = less prone to failure.
However, they are still bringing along a few of the Power Genius XL amps. They also have amps designed and built by 4O3A/Sky Sat for 2m EME, as publicly announced.
They will still have Flex 6000 series exciters, and I am very excited by the team's use of the Flex 6000 platform for a major DXpedition.
They have top notch ops... the team reads like an "all star" list of ham radio DXpeditioners:
So I think the team made a very good decision by not relying solely on a brand new product. They will however get the chance to showcase it to the world for this DXpedition.
I can't wait, even though I don't need Bouvet for an ATNO... I still need many band fills. :)
Dear Power Genius XL Customers,
Thank you so much for your pre-order of the exciting new Power Genius XL 2 kW amplifier! We wanted to take a moment to update you as to the status of delivery.
Last month I was able to visit the engineering team and manufacturing facilities in Montenegro of our partner SKY SAT (4O3A). I am happy to report that the final design looks great and the amplifiers are progressing very well toward production. Since we first announced Power Genius XL, a number of improvements have been made to the final design including:
- Free Tuner Genius S with all orders placed by December 31, 2017
- Larger front panel touch display
- Custom die cast aluminum front and back panels
- Vapor phase heat sink for maximum cooling efficiency
Final components for the first production run are scheduled to arrive by mid August. We expect to receive the first 10 pre-production units off the production line in September for final check out. Assuming all goes well with testing those units, we anticipate the first shipments will go out the door to customers in October.
The first production run is sold out and we are nearing a sell out of the second production run. We hope to smooth out component availability by the third production run so that we are able to have continuous manufacturing flow from that point. A number of critical components have extended industry wide lead times so we are working to assure that we have enough components in the pipeline to satisfy demand.
As we approach the actual start of shipments we will begin reaching out to those who have been waiting the longest. We expect that it will take us a few months to make it through the substantial backlog as we have almost sold out of the second production run already. When we contact you we will provide you with the opportunity to modify your order as needed as well as submit any remaining payments.