I can't wait to hear more!
Flex-6300 - A single SCU unit with lower performance
Flex-6500 - A double SCU unit with improved performance
Flex-6700 - A quad SCU unit with improved performance
I can easily imagine (in fact I did, under the Flex-1500 is discontinued thread last week) a model Flex-6400 that has one of the improved SCUs from the 6500/6700.
No thoughts on the Flex-6600 - I assume the M suffix indicates an included Maestro.
Conversation heard behind closed doors at Flex HQ:
G Exactly how did this screw-up happen?!
T Honestly, this was a brilliant marketing masterstroke. Just think of the traffic to the booth it will generate.
G Do you actually expect me to believe that?
T That's my story, and I am sticking to it.
Would guess it will be quite a while until the Flex-6000 series sees a PC-like major resale value drop.
@Dan KM6CQ - Wondering if your note comes over less tongue-in-cheek as you intended? Thinking we will all suffer together until late next week... But expect most new items to be discussed next Thursday night.
@Alan WA4SCA - Perhaps not a Freudian Slip?
@Craig - Unless you have information your 6500 has shipped I'd not worry but I would call FRS later in the week. Good things might come to this who have patience?
@Mike W1BFA - doesn't somehow seem likely that a new software version would result in a new model number in a FGA SDR? Thinking there will be a physical difference rather than what firmware is included at point of sale.
@All - sure seems like the PDF has been a sharp way to generate interest and attention, eh?
All best and 73
Flex is probably feeling the same as we are from the other side, I am sure they can not wait to show us what they have been up to.
Second hand 6300 have been dropping to £1200-£1400 here in recent months, compared to the increased new price for a 6300 non atu of £2400. Have been tempted to pick another 6300 up at those prices, and going down the two 6300 route and two pc route for rtty and cw contesting and multi single multi two with my 4o3a 2x8 port antenna genius. Unfortunately, second hand 6700 come up very infrequently, and a new one currently costs £6999 sterling.
The ic7300 is still dominating the middle or lower market here in the UK; and I can see why with 50w on 4m on board too - I could pick up a second hand one for the price I could probably get for my kuhne 4m 25w transverter if I sold it on. Now if the flex 6600 has dual scu and 4m count me in for one!
Enjoy the waiting..................73 Steve gw0gei / gw9j - one of the very few active contesters in the UK using flex and 4o3a gear.
The new "B" model apparently replaces the SCU's with dual BCU's (Bio Capture Units) capable of dematerializing grumpy radio amateurs, ex-wives and unruly children into RF energy patterns that are beamed-to and rematerialized at the DX location of choice.
Apparently the software is still a tad buggy - body parts don't always align just quite right on rematerialization in diversity mode, moonbounce is discouraged, etc.
Here is my guess. The 6400 is a QRP version standalone radio, 6400M is a smaller version RF module that adapts to the Maestro. You would think 6100 would be more applicable but what manufacturer has even gone backwards in model numbers when introducing new models? Now the 6600. No point making a QRP version of the 6500 so I'm guessing the 6600 would be a slightly advance 6500 still having one SCU but with the specs of a 6700. The 6600M would be the hardware RF module that again adapts to the Maestro.
The connections needed (like audio and PTT) between Maestro and RF module could be physical but perhaps bluetooth will come to life. Again, this is my guess and before I get flamed, ha, ha, I'm just a regular guy who loves to play Flexradio.
Now if M is multi-user, well kick my guess out the window.
just like the 6700R that made for specific market
6400 /6600 may replace 6300 and 6500 kind of renewed design that solve potential future part sourcing ?
think it make no sens to add knob to radio ,since mastero already here and do job and in bonus it wireless , put it on radio it not major cost saving ,still need display and extra CPU for handle panadapter
but i have more expected something like 6100 for replace 1500 , and hit the 7300 market
but still speculation
so have a box whit ADC / FPGA / DSP on t was same that have a whole 6000
a 6700 do/need 121 billion floating point operations per
second (GFLOPS) , Maestro CPU was way far of this ,like all current I7 desktop PC
Maestro was only kind of fancy Win10 tablet whit knob ;-)
6400 - 2 slice version of the 6500.
6400M - "M" being Maestro integrated (detachable??) panel, possibly reduced in physical size.
6600 - 2 (maybe 4) slice version of the 6700, still two SCUs.
6600M - "M" being Maestro integrated (detachable??) panel, possibly reduced in physical size.
Why the reduced slice counts?
1) Because a lot of users either don't comprehend how/why to use, and/or genuinely do not have a use for 4 or 8 slices/displays.
2) It's hard to efficiently drive more than 2 "radio slices" with a set of knobs and buttons, so remove the extra slices most don't/won't use, trim price.
While possible, I doubt that there will be a different ADC used than the AD9467 of the 6500/6700. At least I didn't find any mention of any new part numbers similar in spec. on the Analog Devices web site.
Why speculate? Because it is a fun sport, and is then fun to go back after the actual details are released and see just how close you got :).