hear something before this years Orlando Show.....
FYI... I have sent emails and have heard back but just "soon" is the basic answer.....
Dick - N4RWG
What would this forum be without its annual January Whining about "WHEN WILL IT GET THERE" Session....
I could say that patience is a virtue but that would take all the fun out of reading people complaining about waiting for new Radios, Amps, and new Software releases over the past 6+ years
If you bother to look back into the archives, it seems that every January there is a huge outcry about something or another being late according to expectations.
But when you get around Dayton time (when things are usually delivered - hint, hint) you will see a huge increase in support questions relating to all the new stuff being delivered.
Yes.. I can sympathize with all of you that have deposits outstanding BUT.. getting things right on new products takes time and usually takes much longer than the best guesses of the engineers because unexpected gremlins always take longer to fix...
There are PGXL out there.. some are being delivered to non Alpha testers- but the factory build has limitations and it will take time to fulfill the large backlog of orders especially since every unit needs to be bench tested before shipping. - My best guess is that Flex is doing everything possible to get you your product as they only make money when they deliver.
Whining about it wont make it happen faster.- but its fun to read the whines...which by the way are much milder this year than it prior years...
Within limits of the NDA, V3 software is in ALPHA- Delivery times are impossible to guess until most every bug has been found and squashed. Again when inventing something that no one has ever done before, it always takes much longer than the engineers think it will.
I have no doubt FRS realizes what they're risking by this long production delay. Technology of competing companies are not standing still; the soon to be released Version 2 of the SPE 1.3K an 1.5K HF amplifiers are good examples.
How about an official word from Flex on this amp delay.
Ok I'm ready to get bashed here for my comments.
My queries were for a product of half the value of a PG amp and I was made to feel that Flex wanted my business and cared that I got exactly what I wanted.
One thing we should keep in mind that the long slippage
last year was due to the discovery of the 6M filter problems under high duty
cycle conditions, and Flex’s decision to step up and redesign/retrofit the 6M filter
assemblies in all previously shipped amps and stop shipping new amps while new
filter assemblies were redesigned, parts ordered/received, tested, etc. My amp was one of the last shipped before the
problem was discovered, and it was updated this month.
The last update came out mid-December, and giving them a bit
of slack due to Christmas holidays, I’d say they are still on schedule with
I guess many of you did not bother to follow up on my suggestion to look at the archives for the annual January Whining Sessions..
Flex is ALMOST ALWAYS LATE on every new product. Whining usually reaches a crescendo every January and usually subsides by Dayton when products magically get delivered. Whining does not get anything delivered sooner Responding to the whining takes away resources needed to finish the products.
Flex is a TINY company with Limited Resources trying to deliver bleeding edge products. When they finally do get it right their products invariably are much better than the competition or you would not be wanting them.
I too am an Engineer.. I have done numerous bleeding edge projects. They all took much longer than our worst estimates because we were inventing things that had never been done before so it was impossible to predict problems until after they had arisen.
I have also managed $100MM projects. Surprisingly those are much easier to bring in on time and under budget.. why? Because they invariably are not bleeding edge and you have the financial resources to throw at the problems as they arise. The exception on $100MM projects is when you have a government client, then the incompetence of the client staff and the flurry of idiotic change orders invariably cause the project costs to soar way over budget and take forever (all governments around the world are the same)
No I do not have 2 PGXL yet.. I am currently stuck with a SPE 2K_FA which is NOT as powerful as the PGXL nor will it ever be as well integrated into SSDR as the PGXL.
Final Comment: Read the archives.. there is always Self righteous Whining about Flex deliveries and lack of constant communication...
Whining does not make it happen sooner. But heck if it makes your feel better to kvetch this is the place to do it..
Shipments of our backlog are dependent on incoming product run rate from the factory. FlexRadio has to date born the cost of all of field upgrades, which have now been completed. No one is more frustrated by the delay than we are. We are making progress and the amps in the field are working well. Thanks to those of you who have been so patient.
By the way, I have no amp to use in the mean time. 100 watts on 160 m is it. Tough but my 6600 has been great for chasing on FT8 and CW at the same time with 30 foot wire antennas. BUT it’s a hobby.
Love your radios.