Shipping date for 6600M

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Has there been a blow out in the expected shipping date for the 6600M ? The last update from Flex indicated that virtually all orders would be fulfilled during September/October but a note in very small print in the On-line ordering page now says delivery expected in early 2018. What is the position ?  Does anyone know ?

Barry  VK2BJ
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The first production run is sold out and is targeted to start shipping in the Oct/Nov timeframe (we sent out a notice to that effect earlier this month).  If you purchase one now, it will come from the 2nd production run which will ship in early 2018.
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Thanks Tim. I have had one on order for some time so I am hopeful mine will be in the first production run.
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That is a safe bet since you have had on on order for a while.
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WW1SS - Steve

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When Flex took my deposit it was July/August. Now October/ November. Cant even get a 6300 or a 6500 unless you buy one used. Can't get a 6400 or a 6600. Can' t get a Power Genius. Can't get a Maestro. ALL EYE CANDY and thats it. Nothing ready to ship. Lots of pre deposits taken. Buy a rig and wait 6 months to get it.

I guarantee October/November will go by too with no shipping. Tired of waiting and done with Flex.
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Steve, I am sorry that you feel this way and I believe we have been upfront about the reasons for the delays.  Certain factors that drive product production are out of our control, so there isn't a lot we can do about bringing in the delivery dates.

There is no need to be unhappy, ham radio is just a hobby.  Your deposit is fully refundable.  If you so desire to cancel your order, feel free to contact Sales to get a refund.
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Steve, I wish I had logged all the times you posted negative comments with little basses for them. I will make sure to remind you about this last claim of not shipping in October if you wrong.

And your all done with Flex? wish you good luck on your next radio, but I'm sure you will hang around the community anyways...
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It's a good news - bad news story.  Clearly, successful products have the company stretched to meet delivery.  Prudent businesses take actions within their means and tolerance for risk.  Flex is a small company in a high tech industry, no doubt in a balancing act between delivery of properly assembled and burned in products and the need for continuous engineering and development.  

Then there is the known early adopter risk for buyers.

Simplistic but generally true, the cliche "cost-schedule-quality, pick two" applies.  

I have a 6300 and it's good to see a steady demand.  Now, if you have traded in a 6x00 and are off the air pending delivery, well yes, I can understand the frustration.  It's resulted in a personal decision to not trade in, rather I'll wait until a 6400 is on my desk in 18, then sell the 6300: more trouble but less possible frustration. 
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Not saying it is going to happen or start any rumors but what happens to the deposit money and any Flex 6XXX that might have been sent back against a trade in price on a new 6400/6600 should Flex go insolvent (bankrupt)?  

Would I be correct in assuming we would all be unsecured creditors and get zip back except what might have been paid on a credit card (maybe not if the time stretches out past the credit card providers guidelines for claim filing)?
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That is nothing you have to worry about.  The deposits are not needed for operational expenses, they are used to more accurately judge the number of units that need to be manufactured in the first production run so that inventory is properly managed.
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You'de be scr%$&d
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@K3MA & KK9W

Guys, I can tell you that personally every time I have put down a deposit with FlexRadio Systems I have received the product I have ordered. 

Every time.

Like every time I put money down with FlexRadio Systems over nearly 10 years they have come through with product.  Period.

Remember guys that this time the biggest "carrot" is getting your radio earlier than those who order later. 

If the world gets hit by an asteroid you're hosed too.

Bluntly guys "If you can't take the heat, stay out of the kitchen."  

That heat, IMHO, is fears you're dreaming up for yourselves.

If you are THAT paranoid you can always wait and order from stock when available, but again if you want to wait & don't want to put down a bit of earnest money.

I'd be please if FRS closed this thread, as it is speculative, and the provocation is openly based on zero-facts per the author.

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Steve K9ZW

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