Maestro Invoicing

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Yes, we are now sending Maestro invoices in the the sequence the orders were received.  That means that we are within a very few days of shipment.  Please be patient as we have a large volume of orders to process.  It would be helpful to our team that you not try to contact us immediately asking where your invoice is since that will take time away from processing orders.

Note that in the last Flex Insider Special Maestro Edition #4 sent on April 5th, we provided a link to a survey where you could tell us the accessories you would like to add to your invoice.  If you happened to miss the link , please click the Maestro Accessory Survey link here or in the newsletter.  You can also see photos of the accessories in the newsletter.  This way we can include the accessories on your invoice together with Maestro.

Thank you for your order and your patience.  The fact that we took pre-orders allowed us to plan our manufacturing to accommodate the entire backlog plus a little extra.  Had we not done so, we would have underestimated our initial production run by at least 5x.  

We hope you have lots of fun with Maestro.   Be sure to post photos of your Maestro as you find new places to operate ham radio.

73,
Gerald
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Gerald - K5SDR, Employee

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  • happy, happy, happy!

Posted 3 years ago

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Jd Dupuy

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Thank you Sir for the update! I can hardly wait to get mine.
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KF4HR

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Great news Gerald.  Any idea how long it'll take to fill the May to November 2015 pre-orders? 
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Gerald - K5SDR, Employee

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No, I really don't know yet. The factory is running full bore now so we will pump them out as fast as we can. We'll know more in a couple of weeks.
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Steve (N9SKM)

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Great news. Good thing you did a pre order and even better that your initial production is 5 times what you thought it would be!
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AB9UU

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Thanks for the update.  A few more days will not make much difference.  As far as places to operate, mine will be mobile with the maestro as I noted before.  I will make a point to post some photos.
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Problem...I cannot remember what, if any, accessories that I ordered...when I click on the link as suggested, it says that I have already taken the survey...what to do, what to do...??


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Rob G6EIH

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Same problem here.
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Paul Bradbeer

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Does that mean that you've ordered direct with Flex from here in the UK, Rob?  Paul
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Rob G6EIH

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PM me qrz is good.
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Mike - W8MM

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I received an order confirmation on 15 May 15.  I just paid the invoice with PayPal.

I wonder if I'll receive my Maestro before the Dayton Hamvention??
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Gerald - K5SDR, Employee

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Likely.
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Simon Lewis

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I didn't take the survey so waiting for my invoice update - I liked the feet so much I decided to go for those :) - gonna be awesome - I wonder if mine will be the first in NZ :) 
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Simon Lewis

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Gerald - when is the full manual going up on site??
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Gerald - K5SDR, Employee

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Wrapping up screen shots today. I would expect the manual to be up on the website in the next two days.
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Simon Lewis

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thanks Gerald!
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Dave - W6OVP

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....Had we not done so, we would have underestimated our initial production run by at least 5x. 

Great news, Gerald. and MADE IN THE USA! May this be a harbinger of many more good things to come.  -Dave
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Morning Gerald

Thanks for this update.  For those of us that are out side of the USA, have you determined WHEN shipments will be sent out to the local distributers? 

Thanks

Kevin, Va3KGS

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Gerald - K5SDR, Employee

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Orders from international distributors will go out in the order in which they were originally received.  This would vary totally by when the specific distributor placed their orders.  
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Kevin Va3KGS

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OK TNX

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I feel a complete shack rework is in the offing......now if I can only find a way to cut down this full sized 6' rack to accommodate all of my boat anchors and find a way to incorporate time on my Gates BC1T project as well.  Where oh where do I put this stuff?? Wait.....I can go wee fee and put it anywhere!
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Lawrence Kellar KB5ZZB

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I ordered mine on Saturday June the 15th at Dallas Hamcom.  Anybody else get an invoice from this date range yet?
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Steve (N9SKM)

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I was early July and nothing yet.
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Lawrence Kellar KB5ZZB

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just got my invoice
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Bob G W1GLV

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I got my preorder Invoice 5/31/2015 and I haven't heard anything yet.
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Ernest - W4EG

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My Maestro is underway. I received the UPS tracking number today.
Unfortunately, I have no antenna and Maestro will be joining my Flex-6700 for a well deserving rest in the closet: Waiting for "The Amateur Radio Parity Act of 2015 -- H.R.1301." 
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Mark - WS7M

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Ernest... you know that letting really nice gear sit in the closet causes the electrons in the traces to get sticky and things won't work as well.

For a very small fee, in fact just that cost of shipping it to me, I'll exercise your 6700 and Maestro daily to keep those electronics alive and moving!   When you get your antenna up and can pay for return shipping I'll gladly ship it back in carefully cared for condition!

I have references on my integrity and work ethic when it comes to exercising unused radios and accessories!!!

:-)   (Me too on Parity Act..... I have a measly little end fed wire that the oldsters in the neighborhood can't see...)
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Dave - W6OVP

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Ernest- No need to stay off the air for lack of a useable antenna. Make up an "invisible" dipole using very small magnet wire (it only has to be strong enough to support itself), with tiny chassis standoff insulators for the center and ends, with small ground lugs screwed into them for connection. And center feed it with RG-174 coax. (All available on eBay.)

I used this for 75/40/15 with a common center feed in several difficult locations many decades ago and it worked GOOD running 200 watts. Sometimes fed it from the top of a single story chimney. Other times under the eaves. It was quite INVISIBLE to anyone not standing right there.  You might not make DXCC with it, but you definitely will not be off the air.  And the FLEX should feed it really nice. <GGG>.

73  Dave W6OVP
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Ernest, wish you well on H.R. 1301. I had to take on Stafford County, Virginia back about 10 years ago. Wanted me to pay $7500 for a Special Use Permit and have public hearings. In the end I ended up writing section of county code with respect to amateur radio towers. Paid something like $300 in the end, but it took 3 months and a lawyer to get it done. I lived on a 3 1/2 acre lot zone agricultural A1, less restrictive zoning in county.

Lew N4CO
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Steve (N9SKM)

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it makes me glad that Wi has state legislation in place and i live in a township.
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Ernest - W4EG

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UPS notification:
Location                                       Date     Local Time              Activity
Jacksonville, FL, United States 05/09/20166:00 A.M.Out For Delivery
I am expecting delivery by 10:30AM .... Will keep you posted.

I am looking for anyone within 100 miles from Amelia Island (aka Fernandina Beach) that has a Flex-6700 to bring me up to date with the operation and updating my software from version 1.3 to 1.7 the latest version of SmartSDR.
I will post this on a new subject on the forum ... If I do not see any help from the posting here.
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Dudley - WA5QPZ

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Ernest,

You need to update to 1.4.x first , then you can update to 1.7.30   ..  Do a radio reset after you get the firmware downloaded for the 1.7.30 ..  
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Ernest - W4EG

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Thank you Dudley... will follow your instructions.

You are great.... 
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Ernest - W4EG

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Maestro arrived safe and sound.  Now just need to open the box!
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Burch - K4QXX

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I have been looking at mine for the last 2 hours in my office.  Had it shipped to work and now have to wait the rest of the day before I can play with it.
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Ernest - W4EG

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Ken,
This all I can do with my Flex gear. No antenna to get on the air ...I just get to look at the boxes in the closet now. LOL  seriously!
I will attend the NCARES club tonite and I will beg again for some help. I have offer to pay and feed them; with no result.
When I lived in San Diego I had a similar experience and it took a year + $$ to get a professional antenna installer to do it. And at the same approximate time a club member NA6L and  my brother-in-law KK6UE help me get setup.
Amateur radio It's not like it used to be. 
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Ernest, I bet if you looked around and joined a CONTEST club, you'll have help getting set up. When I lived in Virginia I was a member of a large contest club and we all pulled together. After moving to Beaufort, SC I found NO ONE into contesting in local area, and hate to say it but it's a BIG DEAL for locals to get out of bed, much less help someone out. I have since joined a state wide contest club and again all of us pull together. I suspect you just have NOT found the right group.

Lew N4CO
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Ernest - W4EG

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Lewis,
The nearest contest club is more than 80 miles one way and they are not active as a DX club. They are mainly into VHF/UHF repeaters... 
The Nassau County ARES is 15 miles and no DXing; they are more into the same repeaters that links the entire state of Florida. 
There are a few locals but not very active on HF and we are about the same ages "old"  - LOL
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Lewis Cheek

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I do understand, wish I could help, but you're a 3 hour drive each way., now if I could bring your Maestro back....:)

Lew
N4CO
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Ernest - W4EG

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Maestro arrived safe and sound.  Now just need to open the box!
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AB9UU

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I got my invoice Saturday night and promptly paid it.  The email it came with said it will ship within two weeks.  Obviously, I am hoping that is the party line and worst case scenario so no one is disappointed. I have a place in my car for it already including all wiring, SWR meter, Tarheel screwdriver antenna, auto tuner, ALS-500MR and a fair amount of bonding.  All I need is the Maestro and open road.  
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Steve (N9SKM)

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When did you order? And im guessing that 2 weeks is worse case scenario as well.
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AB9UU

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6/25/15
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AB9UU

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My suspicion was correct.  Two weeks was a gross over estimate.  Mine went out today after being notified to pay the balance Saturday night. Unfortunately, they did not change the shipping address I told them so it will take a few extra days to get to me where I am now but I can not complain with all the extra effort going into getting people the Maestros they ordered.  Still happy.  
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Steve (N9SKM)

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Awesome. No invoice for me today but it it sure most be close
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Mark - NU6X

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Got invoice Saturday evening and is now on the truck headed to Sedona, AZ I will have it by Friday. I ordered it around 6/15....I should be a fun weekend...Mark NU6X