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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.  
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Greg K8CGS

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Jim KJ7S

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Well put Greg, and I fully agree with what, and how, it is stated. With 1 extremely unimportant observation. The word selfishly...should perhaps be selflessly, I type as I chuckle, Best '73' to you, yours, and your soon to be in the shack, Flex Radio!! 
Jim
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<<Zargon is Watching>>
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Greg K8CGS

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Darn 21st century spell checker. They still can't read your mind correctly. Thanks for the catch and as soon as I figure out how to edit it, I will make the correction:-)
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Greg K8CGS

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I can't figure out how to edit the post. Any tips on how to?
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Jim KJ7S

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when you submit a comment, you have the option at that time to edit it, even after the fact... immediately after you submit a comment, you can click on edit at the submission bottom, then update the submission.
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Jim KJ7S

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edit or remove is at the bottom right after you submit the comment.
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Jim KJ7S

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Clay N9IO

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" I have never touched or ran a Flex. "

Greg that was certainly a leap of faith, the 7700 is an excellent radio but you have a treat coming!

You will experience a small learning curve (positive I assure you).

I'm going to bet once you get accustomed to your new way(s) of operating you'll swear that you'll never go back.


DXing and contesting have never been this fun!

Welcome to the fold...
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Greg K8CGS

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The decision was not an easy one for sure and one I wish I did not have to choose between the two.
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Neil N4FN

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Greg, Nicely stated, like you I am awaiting my first FLEX a 6400. It is refreshing to see a positive spin rather than "what can you do for me". I am fortunate that in the Atlanta area we have guys like Mack W4AX, Chuck AE4CW, Tim WK4U and Mike W5JR who are very familiar with the FLEX system and who have bent over backwards to help a new owner. I do agree the support guys, Matt, Tim and Mike are always responsive, and quickly I might add. So when my new 6400 arrives it will meet my Maestro siting patiently. A joke aside I have a small photo joke in my shack that depicts a gorilla and the caption says..."Patience Hell lets go kill something" patience is a virtue (except for DXers)
Neil   N4FN

BTW Jim KJ7S. who is Zargon?   :-)
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Gerald - K5SDR, Employee

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Greg,

I have to sincerely thank you for your kind words of encouragement and understanding.  Posts like yours make all the blood, sweat and tears worthwhile.  We love to do what we do and want everyone to enjoy the work of our hands.

73,
Gerald
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Greg K8CGS

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You should be very proud in how you are revolutionizing this industry. I am excited now to be part of that experience. 
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Tim - W4TME, Customer Experience Manager

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Dilly Dilly!
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To add one small thing... When I asked Matt if I could stop in and say hello, he didn't hesitate. In fact he even took me to the lab where I met Gerald, a busy man working at the bench. But, Gerald took the time to stop and talk with me.  Yes, the man himself. "Nowhere" else in the world of high tech radios does that happen. It's just another reason to buy a FlexRadio. The personal touch means something in today's abstract world.
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Ria - N2RJ, Elmer

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Welcome to the community. Going to a flex was a life changing experience. I’m sure you will eventually find that to be the case with you. As always we are here - flex staff and (volunteer) Elmers. Nothing can be perfect but everyone does the best that they can.


Being on the Alpha team I see a lot of behind the scenes work that the flex team does. I can tell you that a lot of what Gerald described goes into these radios. And believe me when I say that Flex cares about its customers. What amazes me is that Flex is not just a faceless corporation with some sales guy (nothing wrong with sales guys mind you) showing up now and again to push the product and the big wigs are locked away in a corporate office. Instead the key players will come on here and answer questions, show up at hamfests and other events and talk to you like real people. I was amazed that Gerald himself comes on here and shows up at hamfests to talk about the radios that his team builds.


You’ll find people like Steve, N5AC giving tech talks at conferences like DCC and 6 meter BBQ. Really sharp people who design and build your radios. You gain a real understanding of what goes In. Really fascinating stuff.

Anyway I’ve said enough - welcome aboard! Hope to see you on air and maybe one of the hamfests or flex events.


Ria
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Greg K8CGS

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Ria, thank you for the warm welcome. I can't say enough how I feel my decision to switch to Flex may be one of the best decisions I made, not that I have made any bad decisions in amateur radio. But, given the support from Mike in Toronto with FlexRadio, one patient and competent guy, and a customer base that for all practical purposes are world class people in every respect, like yourself. How could I have made a bad decision:-) PS: if you ever want to go past that 300 yard mark or make more powder out of those clays...send me an email and we can see what we can do, haha!! Hopefully I will have my 6600M in the March timeframe. 
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Ria - N2RJ, Elmer

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Absolutely... we'll talk offline but nonetheless it seems as though I'll now be doing those activities across the delaware river. New governor sworn in today and all of that. Different discussion though. 
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Greg,

A well written post and let me add my welcome to the list here.

I said this in another thread.   To get ready for your flex I suggest you mentally prepare yourself for:

   "Mind blowing fun"

When your UPS box arrives you need to send the YL packing, send the kids, to camp, have Dominos on speed dial and a delivery account set up...

I say this because it will be a whole new experience.  I mean you will need a weekend to dive into this thing and try all the features and even then you've barely scratched the surface.

Have rags handy to wipe up the drool too.

I've been a ham since 1972 or 73 and I started way back then dreaming of the idea that I could operate my station remotely.  It was a total pipe dream then as nothing was out that might have even come close.

Then in 1980ish I had a kenwood and over private internet at the time (through the university) I could kind of control my radio via telnet sessions.  What I could not do was audio.  I mean I could fiddle with the radio but I had really no way to hear what was going on.

Then in 1990 I got a Pegasus and it was a computer controlled radio.  I was excited.  I had very early Ethernet and I play with ways to move the audio around the house.  Ultimately it was a failure and the only place I could use the thing was at the computer sitting right next to it.

Between 1990 and now Icom, remote rig and others have offered remote ability but it was always sort of a struggle.   But now with the flex... I mean look at Howard, KY6LA.  The dude is never home and works more DX on his flex setup at home than I do sitting right next to my flex!   

The flex has made is possible for you to operate your radio wherever you want.  For real!

I met a new flex owner in town (used) and he swore he was only interested in running the flex from his shack, like the old radios, so he was seeking to buy a Maestro too.   I ran into him just last week and he could not stop talking about how great running his flex on his iPhone was.  As we had lunch he made 3 contacts.  So he converted.

My point is this.   What flex offers you fits all modes of operating.  You want to sit in your shack and twiddle the knobs?  Get a Maestro.   You want to hang out in the living room during football and scan the bands.  Either a Maestro or a laptop.  You can to fiddle with your station when on the road?  Get a laptop.  It just works.

The other thing I have to rant about while I am ranting... hang on... gotta wipe up some drool here... is the pan display.  It has been a real negative for me I have to say... But you might wonder why I'm wiping up drool if it is negative?  Well that is because the pan has brought visualization of the spectrum, multiple bands, to your display.   I find I operate less, perhaps unfortunately, and look more!

I can now see the shape of my neighbors solar system noise!   LOL I can see the shape of someones swamp cooler I believe in the neighborhood.  It is fascinating!

I hope you feel the same when you get your new rig.  But like in the SpiderMan movies:

With great power comes great... <insert whatever here>

The flex, being more complex, requires more than a knob radio to run.  So when things are not working right it can be very frustrating.  So turn to the forum here.  We'll get you fixed up!

So get those things done.  Find a trip to send the YL on, give her the credit card.  Send the kids to camp, put Dominos on account and speed dial and get ready to become a flex nerd!

Mark - WS7M 
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Greg K8CGS

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Thank you. Now the wait, should have been an early adopter:-( Wow, what a welcoming ! And yes, the remote capability , can’t wait.