The Worlds Most Expensive Panadapter

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After almost two years of playing with my 6500, I looked up and noticed my elecraft k-1 sitting on the shelf. I could not resist the temptation to turn it on. It still works fine. I hate to admit it, but I suddenly discovered I have become addicted to a Panadapter. With the k-1 I felt like I was feeling around in the dark trying to find a station to play with.
The solution of course was to turn on my 6500, select a band, and it made finding a station to play with so much easier. I did not activate any receivers. And the 6500 and k-1 were hooked to different antennas. I sent a dit wth the k-1 and there it was just beautiful on the Panadapter.
My question is "If I limit the k-1 power to 8 watts can I play using this set up without damaging my flex"?
If your question is "why would anyone with a 6500 play with a k-1?". The answer is "Just for the fun of it". Man is not a rational animal.
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Tim - W4TME, Customer Experience Manager

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Tom - I highly recommend you review the section in the SmartSDR Software User's Guide related to operating in Full Duplex mode (FDX).  This discuss how to calculate the RF energy the SCU is exposed to so that you do not damage it.