Since you are a newbie I will cut you a little
slack. I had no problems getting the Flex 5K to work. It just did not work as advertised
. I will list a few annoyances
that I found after a few months of using the Flex 5K.
1.CW was next to useless because of latency.
2.No functional FM mode or CTCSS tones for 10 mtr repeaters.
3.160/80 mtr xmit spurs making operation on those bands a no-no. Flexradio ignored this problem for years, the ARRL president even stopped using a Flex 5K because of it.
4. XMIT RFI on 17 mtrs and higher.
5. Flexradio does not tolerate criticism or complaints about problems. I was banned from the Flexradio Reflectors within 2 months because because I would not keep quiet..
6. ALC spikes which caused amps to kick out. Flexradio knew about this problem for over a year but ignored it. A Flex user made a change to PSDR and fixed the problem for them.
7. Finally after whining constantly Flexradio offered to make a hardware change to my 5K to fix the 160/80 mtr spurs. I sent the radio at my cost to them. When I got it back the Receivers did not work. Flexradio told me to send it back to them. I took the 5K apart and figured out they had switched 2 cables after they made the 160/80 mtr mod. Obviously they did no testing of my radio or they would have seen the Receivers were not functional. Very poor service and I wasted a day figuring out what was wrong. Also they asked me not to publicly announce my 160/80 mtr mod. When I sold my 5K 6 months later I advertised that my radio had the "coveted 160/80 mtr mod". This created a storm of postings on the Flex Reflector asking about the mod. The next
day Flexradio officially announced the hardware mod........
8. No working ANF or manual notch.
There is more, much more.
if you ignore me you lose the opportunity to plug your website every post.
Ok Stan, I get it and have a much better understanding of where you come from.
So here is what I have to say about it.
Shame on Flex! Prospective new buyers beware! And I think someone has to carry that torch and I think that is what you are doing. I am guessing based on how flex has set themselves up by taking money on radios that are still in development that some bad things may occur to those first owners. They'll be under huge pressure to hurry up and deliver. It's a shame!
Now, here is the thing, many of us own these radios now and have some serious money sunk into them. Define serious money, I define it as a ham that has spent their radio budget on a radio. Matters not whether they bought a 1K or a 5K radio. Serious is relative to the user.
If I sold my radio now, I would loose money. So while I am sympathetic to your plight, us existing owners that have it working for our needs get bothered when this comes up in every thread. I don't have any allegiance to Flex nor any equipment makers. I tend to say what's good and bad as I see it. Brand loyalty and fanboyism was rampant in my photography hobby and still is. I pretty much ignore it because I don't care who makes it, so long as it works and I feel that value proposition is decent.
About the website, it's not commercial in anyway! No adds, no money for me, only cost to me to host it.
So, I will likely be owning this rig for some time now and leveraging my investment. I confess, I like the whole SDR thing right now! I am a computer geek for sure and a former military communications equipment repairmen. What's not to like when I get to mix radios and computers. I am a fan of SDR radios and if there had been a better option that I found at the time I would have done it if it was within my budget.
If I could get all my money back and do something different, I'd probably get a Kenwood, Elcraft or highend Yaesu and marry it with an RFspace SDR-IP or NetSDR. But, what I have right now will do as I couldn't afford that anyways. I will wait a while to see what happens out there.
So, here is how I am going to go forward here on E ham forums. I am going to ignore you warning prospective buyers without comment anymore. It's obvious you are passionate about warning people. I guess I am going to ignore you getting after Fanboys because I can see how they would irk you and seem irresponsible, especially if the things on that list have not been addressed. Objectivity is important for prospective buyers.
And that's pretty much it. I'd like to think we can be friends here. Again, I think I can learn from folks like you and I do all the time.
So, that's my Olive branch of sorts. I am sure as I advance in my pursuit of the my new hobby I will outgrow the limits of the Flex radios and want something better. Honestly though, there is a whole lot of hamming between now and then so I am good with what I have as my base station.