But a Flex is not just 'another radio." I have come to think of it as a server, now two servers, on my network that know how to handle RF. Flex has published an excellent set of manuals for their hardware and software. With each set I have downloaded it to a memory stick, taken it to Staples and have had them produce for me a spiral wound volume for the hardware and the software.. That works the best for me - I can lay it open on the desk as I explore all the things the Flex can do.
Give it a try - it works great and for me answers any number of questions without a call to support or a post to the community. The community is still here if I need it because I just can't figure something out. But most of the time, it's in the manual.
I was a broadcast engineer for over 48 years and capped my career by installing a couple of brand new digital TV transmitters. In both cases, the manufacturer sent the documentation months before the transmitters were built and delivered.
I have no idea how I could have kept my job, let alone gotten the transmitters installed, if I hadn't read the instructions.
Keep up the good work.
73, Bob, K8RC
I fully agree with your assessment on the importance of having a PRINTED manual that is accessible to use.
Many of the questions posted on this forum are so repetitious; always blaming their mistake on the Company. However, that it's do to the quality of hams that we have today. I blame the FCC for the lack of electronic knowledge necessary.
I could go on and on but we just have to live with it.
While I regularly advise people to RTFM (Read the Flex Manual) I must admit that I have never read any of them myself and being a 21st Century sort of person rather than stuck in the 20th, I detest hard copy printed manuals because they are difficult to use to find information, invariably out of date and hard to update.
Don't get me wrong.. I have written a lot of manuals myself, understand that they are absolutely necessary for many people, and understand that for many people searching through electronic copies may seem difficult.
However for me, the fun of new toys is to figure out how things work on my own without a manual telling me how it is supposed to work ... I sometimes find surprising features/bugs that way that were not envisioned by the designers.... in fact, I get to play with a lot of beta stuff before the manuals are even written...and when possible I love to get serial #1 versions of things.
Ultimately -each person has his own way of learning how to do things.
BTW... I totally agree that likely 80-90% of the problems posted here could easily be solved if the poster had bothered to RTFM first
In the good old days, you'd get a loose-leaf manual, with update pages that you'd have to insert. Lots of fun.
I bet there are lots of fine points deep in the manuals that you'd never figure out on your own. I intend to read mine real soon now.
73 Martin AA6E
I am a PDF guy. I toss all manuals when I get them and keep a copy on the PC if its something I need. If its an unimportant item (like my Icom) I just download from the site when needed :)
I will say I find it easier to read and comprehend something that is printed but I cant justify the cost to continually reprint something that is ever changing .
I agree with Howard too. I like to figure it out/tear stuff apart. That is how I have rolled since I was kid.