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First DDC from Big Guns, I think the way a bit speed up with SSDR for now
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Sergey, R5AU

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EA4GLI - 8P9EH - Salvador

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Thanks for the links!
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Ross - K9COX

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Estimated about $1200 USD, just slightly over the price of a Maestro.
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KY6LA - Howard, Elmer

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The Icom 7300 looks to be rather inexpensive 

It’s looks like its listed at about ¥150,000 or about $1,250


About the same price range as the 10W Italian ELAD Duo which also operates as a stand-alone 4th generation SDR

Brochure in English

The software looks to be very primitive compared to most other SDR’s – but then the Japanese are not known for their software

I would not be too surprised to see that Icom degraded the SDR’s specs so that it would not outperform their legacy 7851 – which virtually any 3rd or 4th Generation SDR will do today... however it’s phase noise is already 15dB better than their legacy 7200.

Pretty obvious that my prediction that SDR technology (Direct Digital Sampling Software Defined Radio) will replace the obsolete legacy technology radio’s has started to hit the Big 3 as well...

Perhaps the MOST INSULTING thing about the Brochure is that ICOM claims:

"RF Direct Sampling System — A First in Amateur Radio*"
" * Researched by Icom, among major amateur radio manufactures."

Obviously they are dismissing Flex as a Major Manufacturer
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Takeshi Yamada

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Need to see how it performs as the first Direct Sampling System at that price.
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Sergey, R5AU

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Howard, i am with you absolutely, this radio just marketing trend to exchange of the IC718 and IC7200 with new technology and low cost on production, plenty of the usual and traditional features are missing (IQ, HiRes Pan etc) however straight marketing focus on the consumer - no SW on PC what producing hash some time (   :-)   depends on the experience ), just controller by Hitachi or Toshiba inside in cooperation with FPGA. I am no worry about in compare with Flex6000 however this is a first bird, BTW abt $1250 i see it just in beginning from low power version.
 PDF from IcomUK -

P.S.  Flex  - my compliments with Maestro introduction , it will be universal solution for anybody who has or planning to be a 6000 series owner, very nice market / HAM's survey
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It's a sham that any new radio, especially an SDR radio, is missing the RJ45 connector.

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Sergey, R5AU

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Strongly recommend only FTDI devices
What tested with all versions of Windows and supplying with signed drivers
Tested personally with Win7, 8, 8.1, 10
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Tim - W4TME, Customer Experience Manager

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I concur with Sergey 10000000%  FTDI or nothing.
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IW7DMH, Enzo

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Yes of course.
I am going a bit over: I am thinking at my Flex running remotely in standalone mode. Having an external emdedded RS-232 would help a lot avoiding the use of a remote pc with third-part additional software and third-part additional hardware.
I would like that Flex team, after Maestro, would realease some kind of hardware CAT multiplexer with embedded switch-board.
A lot of people would be glad for this.
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Bill -VA3WTB

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I read nothing about pre distortion on this radio, that won't make the pure signal guys
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Sergey, R5AU

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Bill, not only that, we read concerning received with DDC technology, however the same way - DUC was not mentioned for transmitter - ? , classic - ?