Just what is the delay on shipping the new radio ??

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FRED W9TB

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James Whiteway

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Tim - W4TME, Customer Experience Manager

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The manager of an open source software project recently said something that resonates with anyone who has worked on bringing a complex product to market or finishing a project, "No Plan Survives Contact with the Internet".  To paraphrase, even the best of plans are thrown out the window when you depend on critical path elements that are not within 100% of your control.

Bringing an embedded product to market that has the complexity of a FLEX-6000 requires a coordinated effort by a multitude of third-party vendors, cross-entity project planning, and timing.  If one of the thousands of parts needed to make the product is delayed and it is a critical path element, the project timeline gets pushed. It's just the nature of the process.  Poop happens.
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Tim - W4TME, Customer Experience Manager

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Are U trying to tell me you don't have all the parts? 

Not now.
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Bill Garfield W1BG

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As anxious as we all are, no one here has been waiting any longer than 6 months.  Imagine how the competitor's customers must feel - some of them have been waiting 15 months... and they too are still waiting.
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Yup, the guys on YouTube sure look pretty pissed off and miserable showing off their new rigs.
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Ria - N2RJ, Elmer

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As far as I know the only ones who have the 7610 are in Australia. None in the USA. For some reason there is a delay with USA shipments so nobody except their staff have access to it. 
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Bill Garfield W1BG

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The delay was waiting for Type Acceptance, which they just finally got. One of their US retailers let it slip that they expect product the 2nd wk of Dec.
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FRS is close to getting the first production of Transceivers out the door. Part shortage is a big problem at the present time and that is only one part of the equation. The other is making sure
that the all the motherboards check 100 % to the specifications, once this vetting process is
completed they will ramp up production.  I would not like to get a product that has been pushed through just to get it out the door. If the Hardware of a product checks out the software can be updated at any time.

        I have no inside knowledge of where the production is right now but I have retired from that
high end electronic industry and it is a educated guess. I believe that they have a lot of completed
units on the 24 hour test bench right now.

73 Mike, VA3MD
   
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FRED W9TB

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Who is FRS ?
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Jim Jerzycke

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Flex Radio Systems, the full name of the company.
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Tim, it's kind of like the mcHF qrp SDR kit I'm building. The designer of the radio (M0NKA in the UK) sells the kit minus the case, button covers, speaker and RF transistors. The extras, I had to gather up from other sources. Now, I have to mount.over 400 SMD devices on two boards that are mounted in a case the size of a KX3. Plus, this radio has a 100 pin ARM processor to mount as well. I had to order(well, I could have got by without it) a hot air rework station. At 66 years old, my building skills on such small parts is being challenged to say the least!

I still figure my 6600M will be here well before I get this kit completed. And up and running! ☺

James

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Ria - N2RJ, Elmer

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Is he shipping kits again?!?

I've wanted to order one for a while now, and I'm not interested in the clones.
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Yes, he is. I tried for almost 6 months to catch him with some in stock. Finally did a month or so ago.
I have seen his page show them in stock and I would look up the conversion from pounds to dollars, then go back to order, and his page would show out of stock again!
I have to admit I have a clone that I traded for. Got a good deal on it. But, I still wanted to build the kit and support Chris. That is why I kept going back till.I finally managed to get one.
The clone works fine. But, I would rather have the one I am building, since the boards in it as they are thr latest revision.
James
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@Tim - I just hope the original component selection doesn't include any parts the are approaching end-of-life status, even if "end-of-life" is 5 years down the road. I'm getting ready to pop for a 6500 radio, and I'd hate to have it become a brick if some critical part isn't available in 5 years.......

Jim  KQ6EA/0
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That really wouldn't make good business sense for us to do that, now would it? ;-)

We design our radios to have a very long production lifespan.  However, we do not always get a lot of notice of a component EOL.  If the part has a drop in replacement, then things are good.  If not, we do a last buy to cover the production and service life. 
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yuk-yuk, I agree completely. BTDT, and it wasn't fun reworking the board for the new "drop-in" replacement!

As soon as the dust settles here on our cross-country move I'll submit the forms to trade-in my 5000 on a 6500.....

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