Where is your Flex6xxx radio?

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Ok Flexers, where did you mount/put your Flex radio?  I like the fact that I don't have knobs or meters on the radio and for that I have my flex mounted underneath my desk with the computer. Sure it's kinda pain to mess with adding cables and such but what a clean operating workstation I have now just the displays a keyboard and mouse. I'd post a picture but there is nothing to see! 
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Mystery Ham

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In a closet, far, far away from my new operating position.  (and you don't want to see my messy desk)


Mystery Ham
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AH0U

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I do a lot of digital and the Fkex cooking fan runs at high speed most of the time as a result.... It is noisier than my Alpha 9600 so I mounted my Flex6700 on a desk in another room so I could get away from the nouse
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Ernest - W4EG

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There is no need to run much power on digi modes. I do most of my conversation on digital modes for that same reason.
However, my rig fan only comes on if I carry a very long conversation.
I run an average of 30 watts; I look at it,this way. If they don't hear me at that level; they should be considering putting a better antenna or upgrading their station receiver.
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AH0U

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That is about the same power I run but on JT65 on the second exchange the fan goes ape at high speed on the second e change no matter what. It sounds more like a 747 than a 6700
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My 6300 sits on top of a lap top. cooler which sits on my operating table. Next to the 6300 sits my ALS 600 and power supply. I've been a bam since 1964 and enjoy looking at all my equipment.
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My 6300 sits on top of a lap top. cooler which sits on my operating table. Next to the 6300 sits my ALS 600 and power supply. I've been a bam since 1964 and enjoy looking at all my equipment.
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Left side of desk, closest to antennas and power supply, furthest from computer. Use headset and key a bunch, so it's good to have close.
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Jonathan - KF4FIC

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My 6300 is in the basement wired into a router.  My computer is in the den so I'm running remote 100% of the time.
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John - WA7UAR

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Yes, more details please! I am also interested in 100% remote operation. I have plans underway now to build a remote tower in 2017, place a 6/7xxx at the tower, and operate it remotely from my condo apartment on my LOCAL wire/wireless network. Any "lessons learned" would be welcome. Thank you. John, WA7UAR
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Kevin Va3KGS

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Afternoon John

I ran remote for a year until a few weeks ago when we sold the second home.  it was approx. 700meters from this house.  I remoted to the 6500 via 2.4ghz wifi.  Used two Ubiquity (www.ubnt.com/) Bullets, Arden (www.arden.org) software programmed on chnl -2, and TP-Links dishes.  As long as you have a clear line of site between station you will be good to go.  Your networking skills need to be real good, or find someone that has those skill sets.  I did need help.  The trick is that you need the computer and the remote radio to be on the same subnet, or it will not work.

Good luck

Kevin, Va3KGS

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odo you leave the flex powered or can you power it down remotely? 
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Kevin Va3KGS

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Sorry for the late reply. Been moving!! Radio stayed powered all the time. Only once did the radio not cycle back on. Cheers. Kevin
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I also have the Flex along with Amp, Tuner, Switch all in the basement and run remote all the time.  Does not matter if I am upstairs in the office or across the world.  Operate the same.  Slightly easier to setup if you only operate remote from within your home (LAN) but only a little more complicated with the addition of a VPN connection if you are away from your home (WAN).  DDUtil is your friend to make it happen.  Turning the Flex off/on remotely is easily accomplished with a IP power bar and switch.  I use the Digital Loggers IP Power bar and their AC Switch to the remote power control on the Flex.
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Hi Rory,

Mounted mine on its side behind the driver seat in the RV.  Have a hex beam on a Will-Burt 30ft mast on the rear of the RV. Worked like a champ for the 10,000 mile NPOTA/ Lewis and Clark trip.

73
Roger
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Rory - N6OIL

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Well hello Roger, I didn't know you were on here. BTW the hex is still doing wonderful job. When the weather cools off a bit going to tilt it down and do an inspection and maybe re-paint the spreaders. Good to hear from you. 73
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Sergey, R5AU

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Absolutely unusual radio location is here:

other staff like 2K-FA etc on balkon


because my assistant like to have some space also:

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Gene - K3GC

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Nice assistant :).  I have two rag dolls to help with the operating burden.
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Dan -- KC4GO

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I have a large working U for my desk/work bench area. The radio is about 4 ft away on the a shelf. I can't hide it away living in central Florida and all the thunder storms it gets disconnected and reconnected several times a week. I would like to put it in the closet but!!!
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Dan just make a patch panel with barrel connectors and screw it to the table leg.  The antennas are free and the radio in the closet stays connected to the patch panel.  All of the 6700 and 6300 rear panel RF connections are repeated on the panel.  Go over to Skycraft and get an aluminum plate

73  W9OY 
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Right on my desktop. I paid enough for this "Big Kahuna" that I want to look at it! Ha ha. I used to have it on the left side, closest to the window panel feed through. But recently moved it to the right side so it is further from the window and furnace output duct. I was getting too much dust accumulation from those two sources. It may eventually get moved under the desk.
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My 6500 is rack mounted into an 18u APC NetShelter soundproofed cabinet which sits next to my operating position. It also houses various other noisy equipment (commercial MPEG encoder and DVBS modulator for D-ATV among other things) and has great filtered ventilation.
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Mine is right on the desktop in front of the keyboard and below the shelf holding my 3 monitors.  To the right of the keyboard is my Kensington trackball, and my Begali paddle, immediately in front of those is the Maestro.  To the left of the 6500 is the Yaesu rotor control and just left of that is my antenna switch.  Oh yeah...and the Flex Control is just left of the keyboard.  You can see pix of everything except the Maestro in its current location on my QRZ.com page.
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Joe - KK9TT

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Since we live and travel year 'round in our motorhome, space is at a premium. My brand new 6300 is tucked away on an IKEA shelf sitting under the dinette table right next to the back end of my IC 7100.
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KK9W - Steve

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Mine is in a box on its way to the new owner. Along with the Maestro and all other associated peripherals. Took me 20 minutes the other day to connect the Maestro to the flex wirelessly. Don't need the aggrivation.
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Kevin Va3KGS

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Ah Steve, the community is going to miss you!!

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Ria - N2RJ, Elmer

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For now mine is on my desk, sorta out of reach but just close enough to get the headset cord to me. Eventually it will migrate to a cabinet with the amplifier, fully remote. 
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I've had mine in a number of places:

When I first got Flex1500 it had to be right near the computer so I ran the coax inside my work area.

When I upgraded to Flex6300 I put the new "rig" right where the 1500 was but it was substantially bigger of course and then I needed more wires it seemed, another antenna, more coax... Pretty soon my "desk" was more of a wiring nightmare than anything else.

So I upgraded to the 6500.  At that time I moved it to a bookshelf across the room but still ran lots of wires so I could use the balanced mic, keyer directly, etc.

We had a couple of thefts in the area so I moved it again into a small basement room and ran the coax in there.  This room is behind a locked door.

I downgraded back to a 6300 trying to save a little money and now I've decided to actually move my radio and amp to a shed that I have outside my house which will greatly reduce my coax wiring.  I figure I can drop about 65 feet of coax moving the radio and amp to the shed.

This is my new plan, yet to be executed but I am considering it.  I have 220V out there for the amp which is still wired that way.  The SPE amps can be completely controlled over RS-232 and I have a Moxa TCP/IP to Serial adapter that works perfectly.  I have network in the shop, hardwired. 

So this seems like the right way to go.  The only things I will lose is the direct connection to the rig for paddles and perhaps mic, but in testing my computer based headset mic I seem to get pretty good results.  

So I'm investigating the remote keyer idea cause I do like to use paddles every now and then. For the time being I can get by with CWX.  Digital is easy, I can do that on my laptop watching football.

Really this is why I went back to a 6300 after I sold my 6500.  I had an Icom 7300 for a short while and found I really missed just firing up SSDR and looking at the bands while just about anywhere in the house.

Plus my "assistant" shown below was getting snarky about the wiring mess:
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Clear over to the side of main operating position so I can keep the radios I dont operate anymore front and center. LOL


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Hi Rich, I was over on your page and noticed the Raccoon patch panel but my searching uncle Google didn't come up with anything, where can I find more info? Thanks
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Hey Rory,  I custom built that.  Everything I build gets Raccoon Engineering put on it in memory of a loyal pet we once had.
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Rory - N6OIL

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Awesome, at least you didn't put the Umbrella Corp. logo on it, lol. Are those SO-239 connectors I couldn't tell from photo. I have the MFJ 12 pos bay that I'm not really happy with and want something faster to switch in devices. I was thinking BNC but was worried about power handling at full legal limit. Thanks
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Here are a couple pictures of it.  I dont run legal limit but its all RG8x.

The cables are extended to the back of equipment so I can do all my Coax switching right there.


Picture in the shop during assembly


Installed

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Rick Hadley - W0FG

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Right smack in front of me...
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