Update FLEX-6700

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Are there plans to update the FLEX-6700?

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Geert
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Geert Balsma

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Chris DL5NAM

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Why ?
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Geert Balsma

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2m & 70cm & 23cm with more power. Then i don't have to buy a IC9700.
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Chris DL5NAM

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That's not a update for F6700 - that's a complete new TRX
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Geert Balsma

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Maybe 2m & 70cm with 100W output is enough 
I hope the add this options :-)
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Andrew Russell

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I plant to sell my IC-9700 when I can get a "Flex 6900".
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Geert Balsma

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compare all models the 6700 looks like old fashion :-)

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I think it's a safe bet that the main reason the 6400 and 6600 sized rigs exist today is because FRS decided to cater to the knob and button crowd.  Personally I much prefer the 6300, 6500, and 6700 sized transceivers.  If FRS ever does decide to add hardware options to the 6700, I hope it remains the same size. 

Knob and button rigs look "old fashion" to me. :)
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Michael Coslo

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Catering to the knob and button crowd, and perhaps trying to dissociate with the unreliable OS SSDR operates on. That's my idea behind the 6XXXM series. When an update hoses Windows ten install of SSDR - the radio will still work. When Windows update hoses the present radio  - it is a brick until W10 is repaired.

Full disclaimer: I also have Windows 7 and MacOS - so I know the radio will work if I switch machines. Not everyone can or wants to do that.
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Martin Ewing AA6E

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The 6700 box has a "classic" look. Personally, I like the 6500/6700 packaging better than the new all-in-one models. Better use of space - separate Maestro is more flexible, etc.

But I agree that full support of bands up to 13 cm (say) would be a plus, probably with ext. Xvtrs. Unfortunately, somebody has to pay the bills, and the 6700 is already beyond the "affordable" category for many.
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6700 Update? The 6700 is already an awesome radio but I will speculate a bit and say, I would not be surprised if the 6700 is discontinued in the very near future.

I’ll bet they are already working on the replacement for the 6700 and it will most likely be 200W or more output and have more band coverage.

Just a guess but I think they will round out the new radio lineup with a new Ultra Hi end transceiver to replace the 6700. Maybe a 6800/M ;)

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The 6700, of which I own one of the first, is limited on price not on capabilities.  200W is not an option as most owners will add on an amplifier for power; see the market for the PGXL, 
The FCC amplifier gain limitation is the main reason for current final stages at all, as the 2M XVTR to 75W is very effective.
Much earlier questions about field replacement of the FGPA with a more powerful device were answered by "its hardwired". 
IMHO, array processing power is the future limiting factor on the 6700 (and all current models)
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Hi Martin,
I also like the shorter 6500/6700 form factor.   Plus the front display is a nice feature for displaying error messages that you don't get otherwise.   Actually it might be nice to include the front display on the new models and even extend the messaging capability to display voltage, and a number of other things that have been suggested. 

Also the M model type packaging would have to be much taller / bigger to show all 4 of the panadapters and 8 slices for a 6700.  

Al / NN4ZZ  
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Alas, the new models are sized to handle the Maestro-like front panel, and there's a lot of empty space inside.  On the other hand, there might be room for XVTRs or such.

We can only assume Flex is working with a long list of "nice to haves", most of which will end up in the circular file.

73 Martin AA6E
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The form factor must be based on the screen, because yes, it does make the 6400 and 6600 M models a bit too tall. Its an aesthetic thing actually. So I don't want to complain too much.
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Kept my 6300 when upgrading as it fits inconspicuously in the TV/Stereo console and is run remotely. Reason it's there is to hook to old satellite dish low loss underground coax that goes way back to another antenna. The 6400 box is way too tall to fit in. -Dave
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Best upgrade to a 6700 is to buy a second one!

Perhaps someday software may roll the 6700 (or more) 6700's into a monster radio!

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Steve
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John KB4DU

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Actually, already done. The ISS has two 6700's in one box for AIS ship tracking.
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I two like the 6300-6700 size much better.
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Steve K9ZW, Elmer

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Having 6700's, 6600M and a 6300, I admire the compactness and sturdiness of the 6700 size.

I'm all-in on the newer size for my M-model, though kind of wonder is it just just lost space for a non-M 6400/6600.

As for actual capabilities the 6700 still is the high performer for my use in my shacks.  

BTW the 6300 is a combined digital-use and backup spare for my stations, as it can physically fit in the rack space if I wanted to send in a 6700 for a tune-up or service.

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Steve
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Dave - W6OVP

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Bet a new "compact" model SDR with newest parts is at least in the thinking stage for future products. Good for mobile and portable and ...
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Yes my 6400 is pretty big but it's a network server and sits under my desk out of the way. I even turn it on and off remotely. I like that there is room inside for a big fan and lots of room for air to move around. Maybe they will add a plug in board later that gives you all mode from DC to daylight?
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What do you use to turn on and off remotely
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Craig Williams

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https://www.amazon.com/gp/product/B01K1JVZOE/ref=ppx_yo_dt_b_asin_title_o00_s00?ie=UTF8&psc=1

https://www.amazon.com/gp/product/B017743I7S/ref=ppx_yo_dt_b_asin_title_o00_s00?ie=UTF8&psc=1

I used the relay NC contacts to the Flex remote on RCA connector. In the Apple app on is off and off is on. Thus, on is no AC to the setup so default for a power failure is Flex is on.
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that sounds like a great idea!, i need to read up on how to do remote on and off, havent got that far yet, i do love my 6400, 
Richard
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I too used to like the 6300-6500-6700 look better. Still like it, but the 6400/6600's are getting prettier all the time. After owning the 6600M I have changed my preferences quite a bit. I thought the M models were a waste. I was a Smart SDR PC and iPad guy and the knobs were useless. Then one of those deals you can't say "no" to comes along and I suddenly have an M model Flex in my shack. After a few months with this 6600M, I was very wrong about the control panel. I have had a couple of instances where I needed the PC and a bunch of her resources for something else. It was very nice to just switch to the Control Panel and continue to listen for DX on 2 meter weak signal. In a power outage on a generator with limited resources, what would be better? To have to run the radio and the PC, or just the radio? I was pleasantly surprised with the operation of the control panel. Very smooth controls, well laid out. It does not take long to have the control panel doing all sorts of tricks.
 
Also as another poster mentioned, it runs a lot cooler in the larger case. With heavy operation is does not get warm like my 6300 did.

Never say never,. 

Bill K4FX
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Ted, i have a F6700 and have 8 slices = i can use different 8 PC's at same time?
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I don’t know about 8, Chris, but I can certainly use up to 4 on the 6600. And each PC can run DAX / xDAX and CAT / xCAT. In fact, I can see all configured slices on each PC (I’ve used up to 3). Each PC can run a different app, both logging and digital. The only restriction is GUI on one device, whether “M:, Maestro, or SSDR / iOS SSDR.
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Ted, all 4 PC's have at same time access to your F6600?
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Ted VE3TRQ

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I have only tried a combination of three of a Windows laptop, a MacBook Air, an iMac, and an iPad. I have no idea if the network and processor in a 6700 can handle 8 streams, but presumably if it can handle 8 to one PC, it should be able to handle one each to 8 PCs :-)

I have not tried it, but I suppose you could decode the DAX stream from one channel on multiple PCs, since multiple PCs can see the same DAX stream (my iMac and Windows laptop see all the streams each sees when both running xDax / DAX to the same radio).
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The process in the 6700 will not have an issue handling 8 full streams.  That is what it was designed to do and the US Government seems to like it as well.  :)  

The FPGA cpu processing is about equivalent to over 400 RPI 3's running in Parallel. 

Yes, you can send the DAX streams to multiple computers.   

Mike