I really don't understand this Flex fanboy name calling. If you think that you won't like the like the radio don't buy one. This is like the Chevy vs Ford name calling from the past. They are both cars and will get you where you want to go one way or another. But if you like XXXX and hate XXXXX nothing anyone says will change your mind. Don’t like Coke, buy a Pepsi (or RC Cola)!
Hell, buy a Marconi spark rig if it pleases you. Now there is a radio that does not need a PC OR KNOBS. That is a real ham rig. Like real manly men buy.
And don’t get me wrong. I admire those who own R-390’s and use homebrew transmitters.
Now I must admit that I do own a Flex-5000 so that must make me a fanboy, loser, know nothing. Hell, I sold a loaded TS-850S and a FT-100D (what a dog that rig was) and a Flex SDR-1000 to pay for it. What was I thinking? To date it has been my best ham radio purchase ever. There is no way that I would go back to an old fashioned rig with knobs. Check out my eham review http://www.eham.net/reviews/review/80800
Have I had any RFI issues to date? No, none, nada., I have a Steppir BigIR in my backyard about 75 feet from my house, have a decent but not great ground and at the feedpoint there is a current choke (DXE-VFCC-H10-A) from DX Engineering. Also put in 32, 33 foot radials BTW. I worked Mongolia JT1CO twice in late February 2010 at 02:20 GMT from Michigan with this setup on CW when the SFI was 83.
I Have the rig integrated with DDUTIl, PSDR, CW Skimmer, Afreet Bandmaster, DXLab, HRD and WSJT. They all work and talk perfectly with the rig. And I did not need an interface to get them all to talk. Gee, that makes me sad that I did not have to buy another piece of equipment.
Something else that I have not had to buy is filters. I regularly operate with 25hz filters in heavy CW contest conditions with virtually no interference from adjacent stations. How do you other guys get by with 250hz filters?
I just priced a K3 that is comparably equipped at $4400. A Flex-5000 comes in a $3600.. They both include subreceivers and built in ATU. Of course the K3 requires you to buy filters that I don’t need.
Every few months I download the latest PSDR software and have essentially a new rig. Today I upgraded from v1.85.5 to v2.0.22 and have to say that it is a remarkably quietier.
BTW, the only HF rig that I own is the Flex-5000. Is it perfect? No. That rig will never exist. However you will have to pry my dead cold hands from it to get it away from me.
When I bought the SDR-1000 I found a rig that turned radio into a visual experience. I was hooked and never looked back. And that is why I have a Flex-5000 now. So tell me why would you NOT want a rig with a realtime panadapter that gives you an idea as to what is going on?