Shall I wait????

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Hi folks, I have been playing with a 1500 to the extent that I am hooked to the SDR concept, after much research I will be going for the 6300 but here's the question . if I go out and buy one today it will come with v 1 .3 smartsdr and will only get update on that version correct? If I wait unit the release of v2 then I take it that's what will be shipped and get updates correct? So why should I go and buy one now and not wait until v2 is released ?
Kev
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Kev Mallin

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Andrew Russell

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Kev,

I think you are asking the wrong crowd. Very few here have waited by choice.

On the other hand I started with a 1500 as an early adopter and same with 6500 and been thrilled the whole time

I did have to wait at the start for hardware but knew that was part of the deal. I have really enjoyed the incremental development process with a new and better radio on a regular basis. Even contributing to bug finding etc.

The radios speak for themselves. After a few weeks with the latest version one gets hungry for the next serving and then start waiting again.

There is definitely something worth waiting for.

Andrew. de VK5CV





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Jon - KF2E

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Why not wait until V3, V4...etc. Life's too short to keep waiting for the next version. Take the plunge and start having fun.

Jon...kf2e
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Kev,
a little excerpt from the Flex "insider."   http://www.flex-radio.nl/flex-6000-serie/the-flex-insider/
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So...I hope this clears a few things up.  As Gerald mentioned above, we are about the release SmartSDR v1.4 (FREE!) and we will release SmartSDR v1.5 (Also FREE!) when the engineering team completes their noise mitigation R&D project. At some point in the future – likely in later 2015 – we will offer SmartSDR v2.0 for a $199.00 USD license fee. 
unquote

So now you can get on the phone first thing tomorrow....:)

73
Chuck
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The humorist Dave Berry once said that there should be a bin for old computers at the checkout of the computer store, because by the time you check out, your new computer is out of date. Technology is constantly advancing and if you wait, there will always be something better. I'm sure the unannounced Flex 7000 series will run rings around the 6700 and cost less than the current 6300. I considered waiting before I bought my 6300 in October, but I'm glad I didn't.
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By the time v2.0 come out you will have saved more than$200 with the low gas prices. Plus, the amount of fun you will have in the meantime will be priceless. Get on the phone tomorrow, and in short order, you will be saying, "glad I didn't wait."

Dave W7IWW
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          No point in waiting.  The purchase will probably include the version 2.0 upgrade when
it comes along, and possibly a  bit beyond it.  Check with Flex on the upgrade policy for new purchases.  Keep the 1500 for comparisons and as backup.
          Welcome to the exciting world of SDR.

Ned,  K1NJ
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Certainly, you will save on gasoline, because you will be cloistered in your ham shack having fun with your new rig!  Waiting until it is perfect, when you can have it now AND get the new update for free makes no sense.  I can see someone wondering if it would be worth waiting until post-v.2.0 release and save on the upgrade, but I have not seen any firm release date on v.2.0 (and don't anticipate one in the immediate future, not at least until long after 1.4 is released) So the question is.... purely guessing that v.2.0 is probably at lest 6 months out, do you want to miss the fun?   Or do you want to get your feet wet with one of the neatest things to hit ham radio in a long time?

Ken - NM9P 
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Jay -- N0FB, Elmer

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Every day you wait for perfection deprives yourself of "good enough".  In the case of SmartSDR and the Flex 6000 Family, the current "good enough" provides better performance, in almost every case, than any other radio on the market.

Don't wait.  Get your 6300 now!  Have an incredible amount of fun and awe now.  Have even more as new releases are made available. 
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Thanks for the input guys, its just that I'll be really miffed if I spend £1800 only to find in a couple of months I need to dig into my pocket and shell out another £180 just for a few upgrades.
Thanks again for the replies. I'll carry-on playing with the 1500 a while longer, I've got an issue with double imaging on the odd occasion that I'm trying to solve.
Regards Kev
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Hi guys , thought I would give you an update, it didn't take long for my curiosity to get the better of me, in less than a month after this original post I got myself a 6300 and after a little problem with the tx audio that flex Germany sorted foc ,it has been a revelation in the shack. Love it and still finding new things with it, just this evening , I had my very first HF CW contact, I only passed the Cw test over 20 yrs ago to get on HF back when you had to do something to get onto the bands. Anyway as the bands have been a little poor lately ,today I downloaded CW Skimmer and SDR Bridge, and after a few minutes I was making use of CWX and QRV on CW.
6300 sits next to a FT2000, a radio that looks very nice and one that I said would never sell but sadly although I've not sold it yet it's days are numbered as it's now a very expensive second pc monitor stand .
If you are reading this and are thinking should I go SDR or not , only you can decide but when you do you will not be disappointed.
Regards Kev
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Dave -- W7IWW

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Congratulations, Kev, and enjoy your new radio.

Dave W7IWW