I am new to Flexradio and new to the forum. I have enjoyed the wealth of knowledge so many have contributed, thank you, and read every new posting to learn more.
I try to adhere to my personal rule, which I am getting ready to break, and that is when being a member of a user forum I do my best to keep my personal opinions to myself, unless asked and appropriate...I use the forum so as to learn from others, contributing useful information and facts so others might benefit from your experience. And when on a forum such as the Flexradio Systems Forum we also appropriately give ‘constructive’ feedback on how the Flex team might learn from their valued customers. Anything else is just an annoyance and a distraction to all the quality content that members of this Forum have contributed. It also distracts from FRS’s time in having to read messages that at best are nothing but rhetorical gibberish.
I, like the rest of you, are anxiously awaiting for that UPS package to arrive with our new 6400/M or 6600/M radio. For some early adopters, it might seem like a lifetime. But in reality, it has not been that long considering what we are about to receive. I sit back and think of where and how fast FRS has raised the bar on modern HAM radio technologies. Truly bringing amateur communications into a new realm of 21st century capabilities, turning our radio systems into an easily accessible from ‘almost’ anywhere, anytime by any device personal internet server. There are competitors, sort of, but no one comes even close to the possibility of the plug and play architecture as FRS and with every hardware and software release the bar is raised even higher. Secondly, I have found that FRS’s sales and technical support to be second to none and improving. I also have spent a lot of time just wondering how Gerald Youngblood and his trusted dedicated team pulled this all off. From concept to reality, for all practical purposes, in an eye’s blink of time. I don’t think any of them has had any sleep for a long time...doing everything they can to deliver the very best product and to exceed every expectation we all have. The stress must be intense to do so! Maybe what might help is more confidence from their customers that we believe in their product and in them that when they do deliver it will be what we expected and more. Not to just make a date to make a date, as too many companies do today.
I was not an early adopter. I couldn’t afford two tier-1 radios. Last week I finally sold my IC-7700 (which I did not want to sell) and placed my order. I am truly excited. I have never touched or ran a Flex. I have had a ton of QSOs with Flex owners and I have to say they have been some of the happiest radio owners I had the privilege to speak. So, I am gambling a bit, not really is how I think of it. I believe in what the experiences from past owners have shared with me and I believe in the direction and quality from Flex’s past history. Lastly, I believe in Mr. Youngblood’s vision and his team’s ability to execute on that vision.
So, with my first contribution to the Flex Forum I want to thank all those that have contributed so selfishly their knowledge and help to others, those that ask questions for help and the dedicated support Flex contributes to this Forum. Lastly, to Flex’s vision and ability to make this very exciting capability a reality.