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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VE3DZP

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Just wish there were not so many wall warts.
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Craig Williams

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What's the microphone connected to under the Flex?
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Johan / SE3X

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New to the Community, new with Flexradio. Bought a used 6700 Limited Ed. 4 months ago, and just recently a used 6500 as 2'nd and back-up radio. I just love my Flex radios, having a Maestro and Flexcontrol brings me everything I need. This sure is the future of hamradio.

Some pictures, not up to date, still with the IC-7300 replaced by my F-6500, but close to what i look's today. Smal hamschack and with all Flexradios I will do a total re-build of it. But right now all my focus is on building antennas.

Just to give you an idéa of my little Flex space at home ..





Close to the roof I'll have my 6-pack, SJ2W make, antenna switch. As you will se on this next pictue I have tried to hide the switch and the 2-channel couplers for my LP-100 behind screens and books  ;)



Not very tidy, but as said, I will re-build my Op position later on. Plan is to have two positions on the longer wall and side by side. Would be nice to have the opportunity to work contest with some friends in sort of a simple "multi-Op" environment.
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Johan / SE3X

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Seems like I can't edit? Just wanted to add this ..

Not seen in any of the pictures are my 2'nd amp, a SPE Expert 1K-Fa,  placed under the tabel and remote controled. All my three computers down there as well. Despite all cabling, Ethernet, coaxes, etc. I have never had any issues with RFI.

Don't have a proper home page for my station. But uses my QRZ.com as sort of a Blogg and homepage:  https://www.qrz.com/db/SE3X

73 de Johan/SE3X
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EA4GLI - 8P9EH - Salvador

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WW1SS - Steve

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Here is my setup
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Rick - N4RZ

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KC2QMA_John

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looking good!
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Marc Lalonde

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Here flex permit 100% mountain top remote operation  have made my 144mhz  VUCC  in less that a year ;-)

the top enclosure is insualted and heated for the winter , in summer i remove the cabinet door 



yep tower pass trough the roof ,the maritime container make very effective tower base
but roof is reinforced for hold the tower in place   

since no one for see it, i put radio it on the side for easy access to connector ;-)

2 of the 5 power amp module is visible 
top is 1250W 144 amp + transverter
bottom one is 1250W  HF + 6M   
the 222mhz(1250W) / 432mhz(500w) and 1296mhz(600w)
was on my QTH bench making it ready for June  ARRL constest 
all share same enclosure power supply design for easy remote location servicing ;-)



Station is build for less visual impact as possible ,whit hidden door ;-)
HF antenna is wire conceal in tree line that border the cliff 



nice view of the Quebec city light at the Horizon

ve2pn / ve2olm
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Here is my shack,its not much but it seems to work ok.
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Johan / SE3X

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Nice and cosy, quite a lot, four screens. Like that! Before I got my first Flex I sometimes smiled at those schack pictures with more than one screen. Why on earth would that be neccessary I thought? When having had my 6700 for 2-3 months I had 3 pcs of 24" screens, after adding a 6500 to the schack and adding a fourth screen, total of four .. I'm still not sure if it's enough? The word screen estate or screen space has another importance, takes on another meaning, with a Flexradio in the schack :)
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Winston VK7WH

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My shack can be anywhere.

Today it's sitting in the downstairs TV room working FT8 from my Remote Station while watching a recording of last nights qualifying for the Canadian Grande Prix

Note the noise floor. I love my Flex
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k0eoo

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Winston,

How are you decoding FT-8 remotely?  Looks like you're running a iPad, but maybe you're running a PC laptop?

Dennis, k0eoo
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Winston VK7WH

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Dennis,

At this stage I have yet to setup a VPN, so I'm running a PC at the remote site, and use Parallels Access Remote Desktop for digital modes and SmartLink for SSB and CW. I'm also using three Wemo Makers and the PC for control and monitoring , however the plan is for all control and monitoring to move to IP control by the end of the year.

Because the site is fully Solar Powered , I have to carefully ration my 24/7 power usage. I'm using a small 12 Volt Fanless PC from China which performs very well (Hystou i5 Intel chipset 16Gb Memory 240Gb SSD Win7). Internet connection is via a three hop WiFi bridge to Fibre. I am currently running barefoot, however I am planning to double the battery capacity from 500AH to 1000AH later this year when I install my SS Linear Amp.

Because of the remoteness of the site it has been three years getting to this stage. As you can see from my post, the -130dbm noise level achieved at the site, combined with the performance of the 6700, has really made the effort worthwhile.

Winston VK7WH
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Craig Williams

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6400 arrived a week ago. tucked out of the way and working great.
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Scott Russell - N1SER

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Bill Roberts

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I thought I had placed my shack here. Anyway, K8DXX, Troy, Michigan.

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Bill Roberts

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Flex 6600, preceded by a 6300 and a 2 RX 5000. Current amp is an Ameritron ALS 1300. Antennas are GAP Voyager vertical dipole and an OCF dipole. Need to improve the antenna situation.
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Robert Lonn

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Bill,,, OK, tell us the Truth,, that Knight Kit Span Master with the re-generator turned up is better then the Flex!!! Right!!! :-) 

Robert,,

Built a Span Master and Space Spanner!!! My first SWL radio in the 60's... All I could afford,, Dreamed of someday having a Drake or Collins Radio...  
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Rick Hadley - W0FG

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A Span Master, built in freshman shop class in 1961 is what put me on the road to ham radio!  A Star Roamer and a T-60 were my Novice rig.
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Robert Lonn

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Heathkit, Knight Kit, Lafayette radio all had kits,,, Having a piece of Un-built Ham Gear still sells for big dollars on eBay!! A friend got hold of a Heathkit SB-220 Linear, un-built, sealed box,, sold it on eBay for $3000!! Almost a Flex 6600M,, :-)
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Bill Roberts

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Well, my Dad and I built a Span Master in 1962.  I used it for 2 - 3 years, I traded away the Span Master for $10  and then got my first ham class receiver, a Lafayette KT-320, the kit version of the HE-30.  It was a 9 tube (including rectifier) "communications receiver" that tuned .55 KC to 30 MC and then had band spread tuning for the ham bands.  I added a Knight crystal calibrator for greater accuracy.  This Span Master was found by a grade school friend, Richard McCubbin.  Think he has a ham call but not sure.  He rebuilt the power supply and gave it to me as a gift.  So, the Span Master has a definite place of honor in my shack.  Yes, it does work!
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Doug - W5WTX

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I'm glad to see that I'm not the only one who is cable management challenged.  The backside and floor of your operating table looks just like mine!


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Robert Lonn

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When I used my Span master I lived in Amsterdam NY, upper floor!! Had a long wire antenna stretched out the back window to the rear street facing garage! When I first got into Short Wave I was just 10 years old back in the 60's.. What also played a important starting point was it was the PEAK of the 11 year sunspot cycle, so the bands were Wide Open!!! Plus we had a LOT of SWL stations on the air!! I still have my collection of about 150 QSL cards of SWL stations from all over the world!!! Some of these are Real Art Work and are well done, some are relatively basic.. Heard my name several times to letters sent to Radio Canada and the BBC, who both had QSL Radio Shows, I think each Sunday!!! And the rest is history!!  

Robert WA6PHN
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I have to say as I review all of these glorious and ignenious configurations and I drool and my eyes roll around in my head... this is Ham Porn! Bring it on everyone!
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KC2QMA_John

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The ladies always tell me "Hey Baby you sure have a BIG radio on your desk";)
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Steven Linley

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Oh, please, don't compare these pictures to filth. That is the wrong adjective.
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N8SDR

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ON5AM

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Reggie

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Here is my latest setup.  The Flex-6600 is mounted under my desk.


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Jeff-W7NEE

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Hi Reggie, What is the software you are running in the upper 2 monitors?
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Reggie

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MacLogger.
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KC2QMA_John

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Here is a picture of my Maestro looking pretty on the shack desk:)


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Bill Boutwell-KB0BK

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I like the “tidy” desk a lot, but am more comfortable in the shack using the 6700 with the Mac Mini/PC. I use my Maestro when not at the operating desk and SmartSDR when mobile.
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Geert Balsma PA3CPS

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My "rack" for remote operation. I switch to Cat7 cable (double shielded) for minimal interference.

df
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Alex - DH2ID, Elmer

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Looks very tidy, Geert. Congrats!
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Craig Williams

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It can't possibly work. To neat.
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Alex - DH2ID, Elmer

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As a student I had my shack in our big kitchen, with two big mechanical RTTY machines
and a lot of other gear. This was 40 years ago...

More modern: my first "digital" shack in 2001.



My main shack. The ICOM IC-756PRO and the SCS PTC-IIpro are for EMCOMM.



My VLF shack, receiving down to 200Hz(!) with experimental antennas.
Tuned to receive SAQ on 17,2 kHz in this case. The machine on the left is the
receiver, the output is taken by a WinRadio.


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My 6500!


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Robert Lonn

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Lots of great photos!! I am waiting till my LP-700 SWR Power Meter arrives in 2 weeks as the shack is sort of taken apart to make room. These pictures have given me some ideas how to change a few things and move some stuff around.. Hopefully I can post a picture in a few weeks that show the final setup.. The XYL will be happy when it is all cleaned up!!! :-) 
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Dave Egan

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OMG!  I just shuddered a bit - in a good way.  Is this in a house?  I'm not familiar with those grey electrical boxes - what are their purposes?
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W2PP

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I think he’s running SO2R and they are high power filters
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Matt (K0KB)

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Thanks Guys!  They are high power filters from 4O3A.  It was built for SO2R but I've had so many amplifier problems I've nary had a chance to actually give 'er a shot.  The shack is a small dedicated building on my property.  I was looking through the pictures on here and thought it comparable to many other set ups.  I'll see if I have a photo or two of the operating positions.
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W2PP

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What amplifier problems?? I see an Alpha 87 a and PGXL.
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Matt (K0KB)

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Bit old but close enough to current.

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Matt (K0KB)

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The Alpha has been flawless, I bought it before contest season last fall so I had a second amp to run SO2R and then my 1 year old ACOM 2000A died just as the season got going and it took 6 months to repair so I lost the entire contest season.  Now I have the PGXL for primary and the alpha and acom as backups or for the mult in a M/S config.  My PGXL just came back yesterday - flex has had it for repair for 3 months.  I'm scared to even check the ACOM to see if it was repaired properly.
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KC2QMA_John

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Looks great!
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W2PP

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Show off!!! Looks fantastic
Peter
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David Decoons wo2x, Elmer

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Here's my new desk. Picked up the desk surfaces and hardware at a local office furniture store. 
50 inch 4k monitor. Plenty of elbow room now.

Dave wo2x


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Matt (K0KB)

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That's a lot of screen real estate.  I like how you have the panadapters across the top of the screen leaving the lower half of the screen to other uses.
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David Decoons wo2x, Elmer

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Yes, did that on purpose. Easier to use with logging and WSJT-X on bottom half of screen.

Dave wo2x
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David Decoons wo2x, Elmer

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Very nice John!

Dave wo2x
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Dave Egan

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Wow. Awesome. Clean setup. What size monitors? What resolution do you normally run?
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William Hammonds

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the center monitor is a 34 inch curved the 2 out side monitors are 27 inch do you notice that the flex  is on plus the monitors
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KC2QMA_John

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Very nice monitor setup!
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Rory - N6OIL

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Before FlexRadio came into my life.
And after the 6500 with some friends.

I hide under here! (work in progress) This is my 0.1kilowatt station.
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KC2QMA_John

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Nice to see the Heathkit stuff is still close by.
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DAVID GRAY

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Let's  see....  is that what they call  WIRELESS  communication??
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Rory - N6OIL

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What I don't have showing is my Drake C line and my Kenwood 830S, running out of space!