Show Us Your FlexRadio In Your Shack

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I thought it might
be fun to have us Flex users show a picture of their FlexRadio in their shack.

Here is my 6600M in my shack. It's in the rack on the left.


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KP4TR

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A litttle messy but Flex6300 and Maestro are there....
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Tim VE6SH

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Start of the VE6SH/7 remote station. 6600 in a rack mount cabinet with a Maestro

73

Tim VE6SH
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Sergey Abrikosov

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Tim, could you please provide a details of this mini rack? I am looking something like that.
Thanks
Sergey, KN7K
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Pat N6PAT

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The name on the rack says OMNIMOUNT. You can see those racks and mounts on Amazon
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Tim VE6SH

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Sergey

It is an Omnimount RE27 Audio rack . Likely overkill, but the fellow who installed my A/V system had a second hand unit and sold it to me with 5 shelves at a very good price! I have ordered the "ears" for the 6600 and will rack mount it at some point. It sits in a undeveloped portion of the house at the moment which will eventually become a home office.

73

Tim VE6SH

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Sergey Abrikosov

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Thank you Tim, I may get this one.
Sergey, KN7K
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KB4OIF

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My new 6400M on the Nightwatchnet.
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Bill Boutwell-KB0BK

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John - this was a great idea! Lots of creative “shacks”. Fun to see all of the setups - gives everyone ideas on how they might setup that “perfect” ham shack (if they are always looking for that ultimate design :))
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John-KC2QMA

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Thanks Bill, Lets keep those shack pic coming!
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Andrew Thall

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Andrew Thall

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Here is my 6300 -- sitting on top of my amplifier.
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Bob KN4HH

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Great pictures.  Here is what 60 years of ham radio looks like.  This is my Station 1.  The gear on the left is 1958 current technology all the way to the present on the right.

Enjoy, Bob, KN4HH
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Ken - NM9P, Elmer

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Wow!  My 2nd novice transmitter was an Eico 720 & 722 VFO.  I didn't have the modulator.

Paired with an Allied A-2516 Receiver (Made by Trio), it was a pretty nice Novice station.

My first novice transmitter was a Globe Scout 65a with a Heath VF1 VFO.  I think it cost me $25 used, but I had to repair and remodel it.  It had a bad resistor in the 6L6 Oscillator circuit, and someone had hacked up a 6 Meter mod that was poorly done.
I did all this at age 14 as a novice.

Memories........

Ken - NM9P
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Bill W2PKY

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Loaded the 720 up to 90 watts and hoped no one knew. Really nicely made transmitter.
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Ken - NM9P, Elmer

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That extra 15 watts was about 0.8 dB power increase...
The power loss in the cheap RG58 or RG58U coax most of us used as novices back then was more than that!
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Gene Duprey

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Nice Collins 51S-1 receiver on the left center.  My dream receiver from years ago.
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Russ GUIDRY SR

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Russ GUIDRY SR

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Test Bench at home on dipole 5 feet off the ground, ready for install at my remote site next week.  All working great... love it!  Thanks to all who put up the how to video's it is very helpful to address this amazing system. There is a full army of suppoert for sure.  73, K5OA  
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Russ GUIDRY SR

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David Salomon

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My baby (6600M) arrived yesterday after 9 months of waiting.  Still working on getting it completely integrated into the station and adding more cables to the rats nest behind my desk.  I've only spent about 6 hours with it so far, but have already realized this thing is amazing.

73 - David, AG4F
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Wayne

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Me thinks your blocking the air vent intake on the left side of Flex hope this doesn't cause any heat issues in the future.
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David Salomon

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Oh!  I didn't even realize there was a vent on that side.  Thanks for pointing that out.  I moved that shelf unit to the left a bit.  Now there's a little over an inch clearance.

73 - David, AG4F
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W2PP

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I see you have an older ACOM
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David Salomon

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Yes, old as dirt, but still running strong.  I've had numerous amps over the years.  Once I got this I never looked back.  The auto tune is extremely fast - under a second, typically about half a second.  I'm even still running on the original tubes (I don't usually run it at full legal limit).  When I first got it in 2006 (I think), I also picked up 4 spare GU74B tubes.  I haven't needed them, but am really glad I bought them at under $100 per tube vs today's prices.

I currently have the amp running with the Flex just via RF sampling.  Eventually, I'll use DDUtil so it will tune as I QSY vs with RF sampling.  I want to learn all the basics of the rig first before I dive into more advanced stuff.

73 - David, AG4F
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Wayne

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This is Wayne's World :-)
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John-KC2QMA

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Finally a “real” Ham Shack :)
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Rich McCabe

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Thats a ham shack wayne !
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Wayne

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Here is just the flex 6400 interface diagram without other rigs or computers shown.
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Jeff-W7NEE

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Kari Gustafsson SM0HRP, Elmer

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Here is my contribution..
73s Kari SM0HRP
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Steven Linley

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My Operating position yesterday.  Today I moved the swapped the amplifiers place with the Flex 6600.  I don't need to look at the amp as I use VNC to show it on my monitor.
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John-KC2QMA

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Do you have Attenuation for the input of the amp?
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Steven Linley

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Yes, the amp has a 13dB attenuator installed on the RF pallete, but still only needs 15 watts max. drive for full legal limit. The Flex RF power output can be accurately adjusted in one watt increments (very awesome).
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W2PP

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What’s that behind the Flex?
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John - K3MA

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It is the German kit amplifier.

http://rf-kit.de/en/Products.php
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Pat N6PAT

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Or you could try enjoying ham radio with less than a billion watts.

I've never run more than about 350 watts to a vertical and I've gotten DXCC on 8 bands, WAS on 7 bands , ARRL Triple Play,  etc. etc.

Just because the FCC allows 1500 doesn't mean you need to always use 1500. In fact the rule says you are supposed to only use the minimum power necessary for the contact - but we all know how well everyone follows that rule.
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John-KC2QMA

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Yes Pat you are absolutely right in fact I run just 100W most of the time and some times use my amp when the bands are bad.

And just because you have a 1500w amp does not mean you need to run it at 1500w. I usually run about 600w to 1000W with my Ameritron AL-1200 amp when I do turn it on.

The conversation Steven and I were having was about an alternative to the $7000 PGXL amp from flex. And it seems to me that at just a little over $3000 to get a 1500W solid state amp (not that you need to run 1500W;) is very alluring.

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I think it may be a good idea to find another amp as well, but be careful not to say that an amp is an amp is an amp. I most cases amps costing as much as the Flex amp are priced this high for a reason, their capabilities... and build.

Depends what you need in the shack, in some cases the PGXL is one of only a few that can do what it does with so much ease and may be the way to go.

For me, I find the PGXL way to much amp then I need here, so the cost will not be justified.

I recommend if you have not done so is talk to others that are using the amp you are looking at. I understand that they are not a kit you put together and go, there is much more to it, bias and alignments  to mention a couple are not so easy.
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As far as I am concerned you cant really compare anything else to the PGXL anyway. Its really like two amps in one.

If Flex made a baby version of it with half the power, I would probably get in line if the price was right.

I would love to feed both antenna connections out of the Flex into a PGXL. But the legal limit plus version is just too expensive for me and like I said not something I really need.

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KB4OIF

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Same here Rich.  600 watt version would be good enough for me.  still trying to get the flex to work with the ALS 600.  
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Stephen Hawkins NG0G

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I'm trying to get a better photo.
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David NT8Y

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Here is my new 6600M

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John-KC2QMA

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Looks like a very cozy setup! Great Job!
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Pat - WH6HI

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You can see my station through out my Ham years on QRZ.com. Under Wh6hi

Pat
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Mark - WS7M

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Here is a night time photo of my tuner, control Pi, Flex6600 and SPE 2K amp.  I'll send a daylight picture when I can.  

This image taken from a monitoring Webcam.  The webcam is PTZ so I can look anywhere in the shed.

All this gear is mounted in an insulated shed about 20 feet to the right of my desk op position.  That position can be seen on my QRZ page:   I ran cables for key, mic, footswitch, and speakers.  All lines have lots of RFI suppression.

In initial tests I can hear no RFI on my signal on remote monitoring stations.  I've been getting good audio reports.

The shed is kept at a pretty constant 68 degrees as there is an HVAC unit in that same shed. 

Having everything remote keeps my op position super quiet.  No fans, no noise almost at all.

The control pi hosts a webpage I can log into to control the amp and tuner as well as remote on/off the 6600.  I can also access my primary 120V outlet and reset everything by killing DC power if needed.

I have Antennna 3 on my HF auto grounded.  During storms if I cannot manually disconnect coax I instruct the HF Auto to set antenna 3.   I realize a lightening strike will likely destroy the HF Auto but it is the least expensive of the gear.   

I have an array solutions arrestor between the Amp and the flex.  I figure of course that my best plan is to disconnect the antenna and if I am there I will of course do so.  But if I can't be then I have Antenna 3 grounded, and the array solutions arrestor that hopefully will keep damage from getting to the flex.

I also have only wire antennas and they are lower than many of the trees in the area so I can hope that there will be better ground sources for lightning than my simple loop antenna.

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I once had my station set up with a long wire antenna well below the tree tops, and lightning bolt found it and destroyed my Icon 756Pro and the antenna tuner.  PROTECT, PROTECT, PROTECT!!!!

Gene, K1GD
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EMIL-DL8JJ

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Flex's JJ's family:)

DL2JJ OP Lura (11 years old & Extra class)
DL9JJ OP Verjy
DL8JJ OP Emil

Flex-6700, Flex-6300, Expert 1.3k
cheers
Emil, de DL8JJ
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David NT8Y

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Very nice! David
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Sergey, R5AU

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R5AU small shack on site in Moscow
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Sergey, R5AU

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Yesterday  uploaded from mobile ...90degree Side Band ))
i am really looking for more XVTR connectors  and other RX inputs to utilize max performance of F6700, for now 144/430/1296 already in air  and 1 month 2400Ghz and 10Ghz are ready.  Remotely most of time on the bands with locals.(Downeastmicrowave on duty as well)
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Yuri, RT5A

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Thank you so much! Best wishes....
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Yuri, RT5A

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My working disorder ...
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W2PP

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OK I know about those, thanks
Peter
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Sergey, R5AU

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Yuri, ham disorder a part of the mainstream philosophy here )))
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Craig Williams

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I had one of those 12V audio amps like the one on the top of the Flex stack. I got RFI with it and no amount of torroids would fix it. Ordered this one and no RFI, audio is great. https://www.ebay.com/itm/12V-Mini-2-Channel-Hi-Fi-Stereo-Audio-Amplifier-Amp-Car-Motorcycle-Speaker-... And I just tried the link and they are out of stock. Emailed the vendor to see if they are getting more.
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Ted VE3TRQ

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I think your first posting with that link emptied out his inventory, Craig! I ordered one just after you put up that link and got one (well, that's a bit premature - it's on the way :-) I have a few nice speakers lying around and figured I may as well use them.
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Craig Williams

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Excellent.