PGXL April 2019 Updates

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Thread is to ask those that have ordered the PGXL and have Received the Amplifier a few questions.  All hoping that those that have received the Amp can give others some answers to many asked questions.

Upon your receipt of the "Greatest Amp In Ham Radio History".....
-  When did you order it?
-  What was your PO Number
-  When did you get it?
-  How was the Setting Up?
-  First Impressions?

Will stop asking these questions when the units start to ship on a regular bases...

Thanks
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Richard

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Posted 7 months ago

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Joseph

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Well, maybe this explains everything.  I may be the only person that didn't know that Flex farmed out the design and mfg of the PGXL.  Were the Flex 6xxxx radios also designed/mfg by them?  Does anyone know the history of Flex and what their relationship with 4o3A/Sky Sat is?  Made in Montenegro?  Does Flex do full service in the states?  Does $o#3A also sell these radios in the states?  Inquiring minds want to know!
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Bill -VA3WTB

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#1 Flex did not farm out the design and manafacturing of the PGXL. It is a joint buseness adventure between the two companies. Both companies worked on the design according to Flex tight specs.
403A has a grade A plant for the manafacturing. Flex does full testing at Flex before any amp is shipped.

#2 The Flex radios are designed by Flex, Many suppliers suplies parts as well as the cases. The radios are asembled in a plant close to Flex. All 6000 radios are tested and made ready for shipping at the Flex company

#3 Gerald with a freind started a fun project in Geralds home making the first SDR ham radio. They worked on the hardware and began writing software for it witch became known as PSDR. Other people began asking about Geralds project and asked him to make one for them. And it grew from there. Starting with the Flex 1000, 1500, 3000, 5000, now the 6000 radios. 6300, 6500, 6700, 2400, 6600, 

#3 Flex does full service at the Flex factory in the US.

#4  I beleive the amps are only sold through Flex.


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I had no idea of this background.  Thanks for the information.  I am sure an "adventure" it truly is! What was Flex doing before this?

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Bill -VA3WTB

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When Gerald was playing with SDR as a project, It was a few years before he started his company, Called Flex Radio. And he kept developing Power SDR.
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Bill -VA3WTB

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Here is an video of Gerald talking about his venture,,if your interested
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=HBlkinewdHM

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=JSViMXsHrSk
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Reservation made. 05/09/18  15543   N5PSM
Invoice Paid 9/12/19  (Ready to ship in 7-10 Days.) (7627.5 incl taxes total w reservation)
Requested small delay in shipment so I will be home when it arrives 10/12

Wee shall see........
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Congrats David.  I got a call about my PG-XL yesterday.  It's suppose to ship in 2 or 3 days.

Interesting that my order was placed on 12/10/17 and yours was placed about 5 months later, and our orders are being filled the same week.  Either Flex must have received a lot PG-XL's from 4o3A or not many orders were placed between December '17 and May 18.  Either way it's great to see FRS catching up with their PG-XL backlog.
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It does not appear that Flex is going strictly by first come first serve. I ordered my PG-XL with deposit earlier than David (N5PSM) and my order number is lower yet I have not heard anything from Flex. I am waiting for the call/email.
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Warren-K6WKW

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You might want to call and verify they have your correct contact information.
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Presley, W5PD

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The contact info is correct.
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Rick - N4RZ

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I’m also ahead of him and have not heard from flex yet.
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Sergey Abrikosov

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It seems like I was last on that list.
The key word is "last"  :)
PGXL arrvied yesterday and currently in testing.
It is noisier than Acom2000A but not as bad as I expected.
So far tested just 1-2hours and only in "Standard mode".
Need more time to get "to know each other".
Sergey, KN7K
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Congrats on receiving your PG-XL Sergey.

The PG-XL list was initiated by Dewey, W0YWW based on random forum input, then after Dewey received his Amp I picked up the ball and updated the list a few times based on new forum input.  My Amp arrived so if anyone wishes to continue to add new forum input to the list, please feel free to do so. 

Butch, KF4HR
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Well, I got mine in January of this year and I just had to ship it back for repairs the second time. The first trip the computer board was replaced and this time the initial diagnosis is blown finals. 

I had to reinstall my old 1200w workhorse amplifier from MFJ (Ameritron 1306) which has served me for years without any trouble. I have a second 1306 that has been flawless at my other QTH. I was going to order another Genius to replace that, but now I'm not so sure.

Flex did not offer to pick up the warranty shipping charges the second time around so I had to pay UPS $95 just to get it to Austin. 

We'll see what actually went wrong this time. Probably just operator error, but it sure isn't "foolproof". 

Fred,
K9SO
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Fred,
Blown finals is certainly surprising and alarming. Per Flex the power dissipation should be double our expected dissipation and since it's supposed to be SWR protected that should eliminate high voltage and high current abnormal conditions. I hope you'll return and let us all know what Flex says when they receive the amp.  With hindsight, were there any potential signs you saw before final failure (abnormal behavior or performance degradation) or was this a sudden failure simply accompanied by a puff of smoke?
Warren - K6WKW
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Bill -VA3WTB

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Must have been a major failure. This amp is bye far the best protected in ham radio.
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Sergey Abrikosov

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How do you know, do you have one?

i received mine few days ago and have some concerns/questions.
will open a separate thread
Sergey, KN7K 
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Bill -VA3WTB

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No need to attack my comment,,it's bassed on DATA
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Sergey Abrikosov

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Bill, it is nothing to do with attack. You are making statements and I am looking for DATA. Do you have Data to share?
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Bill -VA3WTB

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Ok so you intend on taking me to task for saying that it must be an internal failure.
the DATA? out of thousands of amp hours on the PGXL amps very few if any have blown finnals for no reason. blown finnals are not common.

2nd studing the desgin of this amp compared to many other amps, this amp is redundently protected. It has the fastest response time in the busines. You could actually at full power short out the antenna connecter and you will not even see a spark. That's fast. It would be very hard for a customer to hurt the PGXL no matter what they do.

More DATA?
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Chris DL5NAM

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no experience, no idea but as always only blabla, Cheerleader !
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Asher - K0AU

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Sergey,

I had a hard failure on my PGXL. Flex' support was great, but I'm not selling my Alpha until the PGXL survives a few contests.

Asher