Upgrading Advantages

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What would be the advantages of upgrading to a 6400 from a 6300. Differences??
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KK9W - Steve

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Rob N4GA

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Don't ask me, I'm running the lowly 6300...and love it!

Rob at N4GA.com
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Bill -VA3WTB

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I think it is the hardware. As Flex continues with software updates I believe there will be features that only the 6400 and 6600 will be able to use. These Radios are the next generation and software coming will be mostly for them, I think.
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Steve K9ZW, Elmer

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There has been no indicators of features that would run exclusively on the 6400/6600 - it doesn't appear that the product hierarchy differs between the 6700/6500/6300 and 6600/6400 family along the lines you're speculating. 

There are non-functional differences between the two families, as the 6600/6400 have cool lighting of course. 

Presently I think the ONLY major feature segmentation appears to be on the number of Spectral Capture Units - SCUs - as some features physically require two SCUs (6600/6700), and on the onboard 2m compatibilities the hardware of the 6700 allows.  

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Steve K9ZW

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The 6600(M) have 7th order front end filters on contest bands.
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Steve K9ZW, Elmer

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@KK9W - I'd take the 6300 to 6400 move as a lateral move, rather than an upgrade.  There are differences though the delta (change) is not likely to offer you a different experience. 

BTW the 6300 is an awesome radio - the one I had is now in the W9EVT shack were it runs 6-8 hours most days.  Doing awesome at it too!

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Steve K9ZW

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7th Order Contest Filtering in the 6400?  Or is that just in the 6600?
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KK9W - Steve

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According to the specs and comparison on the web site that is just in the 6600. 6400 has 3rd order filtering
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Rick Hadley - W0FG

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I've never used a 6300, but I currently own both a 6400 & a 6500, and I can say except for the lack of the 3rd & 4th slices and panadaptors, the 6400 is easily the 6500's equal and offers greater control over the RF gain of the preamps.  I bought a very early 6400 for software testing and it's currently my primary radio.
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Had a 6300 for a few years, and loved it but the reason I went to a 6600 is because it has 2 actual recievers, I can use 2 antennas to receive, with a 6300 and 6400 you cant do that.
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The FLEX-6400 has Band Pass Filters (BPFs, also called preselectors) for better out-of-band rejection where the FLEX-6300 does not.  That is probably the largest architectural difference.  On the FLEX-6400, you can also add a GPS and use 10MHz inputs and more TX outputs (3 vs 1).  Those are the largest differences.