The rest of us are generally busy communicating on the radio instead of the internet.
For the record: "I unboxed my radio and everything works". for quite some time now.
If all those happy users would take a moment each month to report their success it would offset the searches for help. I've been saving up and looking forward to buying a 6700 for ages. I am so excited about its arrival. Seeing how many others are having great times would allay my concerns before making such a large purchase.
Love my Flex. Love what it does. Love the fact I can complain about things that last year I didn't even know were possible. Love the potential. Love that it is getting me into new areas (C# programming).
Then select "PRAISE" near the top and read over some of those comments.
I think what you see in general conversations is some problems, some frustrations, some lack of knowledge or understanding, lots of learning, lots of AH HA! moments, lots of advice and lots of sharing.
Pretty close group I think. Pretty awesome radio without a doubt. And the company ain't so bad, I guess. ;)
When you talk about "complaining", I have to disagree with you. This forum is for people to share experiences and if we have a problem, assist each other to resolve it.
I would interpret very few of the comments as criticisms. Most are requests for ideas or help. Sometimes, out of frustration they might be worded less felicitously than they might be but frustration will do that to most of us. And once the issue is resolved the "criticisms" disappear as a result of the heightened knowledge gained from solving the problem.
So I encourage you to read between the lines and you will quickly come to realise what a great facility we have in this Forum.
I will look for you using your new Flex, sometime soon.
I own several pieces of high end ham gear. I can tell you without reservation that if I could only own one rig, it would be my Flex-6700. Take W8LLL's advice and give one a try. You'll be glad you did.
There are just some things that we take for granted, and one of those things is the incredible power and versatility of SDR technology in general and the Flex Radio 6000 Series in particular.
Is it "perfect", heck no, but nothing that I am aware of is perfect.
There are problems, which are discussed here, and dreams for future capabilities.
Previous generations of radios had their feature set and limitations pre-ordained while they are being designed by their manufacturers.
There are features which the 6000 Series will develop in the future that haven't been thought of, even after they began shipping them to customers.
This is the most promising, yet never fully formed, radio that the industry has provided.
You can't please everyone, that's just human nature. Some have sold their radios and moved on. Some just use their radios and are too busy 'playing radio' to 'play computer' on this forum.
If you are looking for the past of this hobby, look elsewhere.
If you are looking for the future of this hobby, right here is an excellent vantage point.
The sky is the limit.
It would just get very boring reading and writing an endless stream of love letters (and we don't want anyone to get a swelled head).
We all may see a slightly different future feature set for our radios, but we all see them as an aspect of the 6000 Series.
I think that few Hams have regretted their purchase.
I have been using SDR radios since the days of TenTec, Pegasus, and Kachina.
And as today I have owned all the model of radios Flex has manufactured; 1000/1500/3000 and currently the 6700LE Signature radio.
The new 6x000 series radios are super: The Performance and operations; I can simply say "there is nothing out there to compare it to."
The operation is simple, the learning curve is modest, and you are not required to have a computer science degree.
Why do I appreciate this radio? Is simple; I don't have to tweak knobs! It's all done by software.
And it keeps getting better every time the software is updated.
I can only recommend a FlexRadio Product, why? Here is a very recent example for you:
FlexRadio has just released a beta version of the SSDR software for Windows. I installed it knowing that there may be issues. I was confident that even if I ran into problems those would be taken care of by FlexRadio support. What happened? My 6700 locks up every couple of hours of operation. Is this an issue for me? Not really, I am totally relaxed. First of all FlexRadio support reacted almost immediately to my post here and secondly I can always downgrade to the previous version if I decide to do so. But what a radio this is! I am using it on eight (8) bands in parallel with the digital modes, do diversity on 6m, etc, etc.. Go for it, you will not regret it, just be prepared to spend some time upgrading, also to get new features.
73 and good DX, Frédéric, HB9CQK
FWIW: I was at a radio club meeting last night and someone said to me: you always complain about every radio you buy. And he is mostly right: I am very critical of radio equipment and almost always think that radios should have more features than they do and I often feel that most radios I buy arn't using current technology to provide truly innovative features..........BUT, I just let his comment pass. I was TEMPTED to argue that no, I don't complain about every radio I buy: I have never complained about my Flex 6700 or before that my Flex 1500. They have worked flawlessly and I am constantly amazed at how well they work, how innovative they are, how easy they are to use. I could almost say I am completely satisfied but by the nature of the Flex radio I am not completely satisfied because I am always waiting on the next firmware/software updates to see what new wonders they will contain. I can't even imagine buying any other HF radio. It boggles my mind when I hear someone talking about buying anything else.
Ok I could ramble on and on but like others said try one on for size and if you can afford it try to get as much radio as you can.
Good luck Richard and let us know which way you go.
I have been a ham since 1976 and have had lots of new equipment over the years. I purchased my 6700 3 years ago and I have sold most of my other rigs since then. I love my 6700 and wouldn't want to part with it. This radio has brought a whole new level of enjoyment to this hobby for me. Its not just the panadapter/waterfall because you can get that functionality with other rigs. Its way more than that. There are some very talented folks who have written software adding great features to the Flex line. DDUtil, CW Skimmer, FRStack, IOS Clients and the list goes on. Since its truly a SDR radio, it is hard to imagine what new features will one day become available. Its difficult to wait for future software releases but at the same time it is really exciting to download and install them. I don't know of very many other radios you can do that with. At least not with the commitment, dedication and skill level that they have at Flex.
If anyone is on the fence about purchasing a Flex, I highly recommend trying to find someone that owns one and would be willing to invite you over and let you play with it for a while. I'm in Phoenix and would be more than happy to do this.
Once again, I apologize if I've posted anything on this forum that would cause someone to question the quality of the Flex radios, its software, or my overall satisfaction I have with them. The products are nothing short of stellar in my mind and I have no desire to jump ship! I would like all mode squelch though. Oops, bad habits are hard to break.
Norm - W7CK
So, go ahead, if you're thinking of getting a Flex radio. With the 30 trial or even the offers of folks to let you try theirs out at their QTHes, its pretty much a no-brainer. I'm sure that you will keep/buy one after you compare it to anything else available.
Is that praise enough?
Greg - N8GD