most posts on a forum such as this one and others, are from people having issues. Either software or pilot error. (I'm guilty of that one more than once) People that are not having issues rarely post
So, I really do like my 6300 and I'm looking forward to future releases of SmartSDR.
Oh, and since the API's have been opened up, new and better software is bound to make the
6000 Series even better. I've already started playing in the shallow end of the development pool.
And once I get some of the basics down for communicating with the radio properly, I think it will be fun to see where I can go with it. (even with my limited programming skills)
To all the nay Sayer's..."try it you'll like it"
Thats until Flex comes out with another super radio, that is!
Several of my contest minded friends have sold their Elecraft K3 and associated components and replaced them with Flex-6000 series radios. it was an milestone day when I heard that!
I sold my Flex 5000 back in March - it was and is a great radio but its younger sibling has more capabilities and its panadaptor is like watching HDTV - after HD, you can't go back and watch SD.
This radio has no equal!
That is until I bought another ham's Flex-6300 so as to have a SmarthSDR/FlexRadio for use at my Island weekend QTH.
In radio sales, happy is where the client opens their checkbook and buys, which makes it look like there are a lot of happy Flexers out there.
As a proud owner of the best radio in production, my Flex-6700LE GPSDO is the greatest performing unit I have ever used.
I believe and trust FlexRadio System; that when they were taking money for this project, I placed my money on a unseeing and no details of the radio: I was not disappointed with the results.
I have owned every radio that they have produced since the inception of the Flex-1000 more than 11 years ago.
Thank you FRS for the best and most enjoyable years of my amateur radio experience.
One of the reasons for this community forum is so that we can collaborate on problem solving - with Flex and with each other. The people you see on here a lot are those who tinker with things until they find something that doesn't work - then they discuss it and learn how to fix it.
When I buy a smart phone, I expect it to work the way it should right out of the box and never have any issues. When I buy something as cutting edge as a Flex 6x and SSDR, I expect some trial, error, mild frustration, and that warm fuzzy feeling you get when you figure something out.
Oh, and those Flex owners that never post here? They're either spending their time rag chewing, DXing, or racking up contest points.
Recent CQ WW RTTY gave me another excellent impression of 6500 + Fldigi. Filters were super and I experienced almost non QRMs.
I thank to FRS for giving me such a pleasant DXing and contesting experiences
73 de JI1BNU, JA2IYJ/1
To the OP, a support forum has people with problems and questions. Any support forum makes a product look bad. Even in my moments of doubt being a noob Flexer, I stuck with the radio as it can do many things a standard rig cannot. I *almost* swapped it for an Icom 7600. When I saw that that rig had not had a firmware update since 2011 I stayed put - glad I did. Great bunch of people here.
In the mean time, I get to use a rig with a very quiet receiver, unsurpassed dynamic range, brickwall filtering orders of magnitude better than my older TS-850, amazing graphic display of the band/bands I want to monitor, is a performance machine when it comes to working splits, and is capable of putting out some of the best transmit audio on the air. And this is just the beginning. New software developments are released approximately every quarter that are actually responsive to the customer base, and a support forum that encourages and supports the long-standing concept of the "Elmer" by connecting newbies to experienced users in a way that enables people to get advice and support in a timely manner, sometimes even faster than the top-notch support team at Flex itself can produce. (But seriously, guys, the folks at FRS do need to take their days off, sleep, eat, and see to other needs, not to mention their own families. But even then, they are often available on holidays and weekends, and even in the middle of major contests when they would prefer to be operating themselves!) Can you say that any of the other companies can come even close to this?
My $.02 worth. (I might even apply to work for FRS when I retire so I can feed my FLEX "habit.")
Ken - NM9P
I heard a nut say a few weeks ago that the problems are in the hundreds and was telling others this. What he didn't mention, is that list was starting from the very beginning, a few years ago. Wow
Thanks for replying everyone, I'm just tired of Flex bashing from people that just have no idea and don't care to, yes you know who you are....
I was around when single sideband first came out. There were those who thought it would be the downfall of amateur radio. Rumors were that the government was going to take away half the band allocation because we would only be using half as much bandwidth. Really.
I think we can agree that Flex isn't for everyone. Neither is kit building, digital modes, EME, contesting, or many of the other venues of ham radio. They all have their place and their audience.