No, I get it.. So now we get to my other question in my other thread. How are you going to make use of this radio verses your QS1R that's going to make it worth the extra dollars?
Now, if you just say its because I want one and that's really all there is to it, I am good with that. I am seriously looking for reasons other than coolness and newness that people might think having this radio in their shack is going to make a huge impact over what's currently available.
No need to even reply if you don't want. It's the answer to that question I am seriously interested in. I don't care about flex or not to flex, I still own a 5K and it does a fine job for me for the most part.
Gene, I agree about the slices, even Studio 1 can be overkill. I have been playing with it on the KX3 and I had three all running and it was overkill already. Two had some real utility in being able to look at a wider swath of spectrum in the extra slice.
Again, I have no problems with people buying stuff because it looks fun and cool. I am certainly guilty of that on occasion.
That is a fair question, I will do my best to answer.
No radio is perfect, they all have issues! I love my Flex 5000 though and I could live with it for a long time. It does exactly what I want and it does it pretty well.
I see the Flex 6000 series as a natural progression of the line. It will go a long way to correct some of the weaknesses in the other series. Cw should be great with this radio, many of the issues I have sucessfully conquered with the help of Flex tech support will be more easily accomplished with this radio. Virtual audio cable set up, remote set up, CW Skimmer set up etc.
The challenge of setting the Flex 5000 up is what defeats many of its would be users.
I have a terrier like tenacity when it comes to challenge. I find the answer!
In the end I love the way the radio (Flex5000) works. The receive audio is just lovely, you can do exactly what you want with transmit audio, the visual display of the spectrum is just like a drug, I can no longer live without it.....
The 6000 will do all of this and it will make the task of getting there easier. Yes it will take time and there will be "issues" along the way, yes it is an expensive radio. I have the antennas I need to take advantage of the 6000's wide, wide receiving abilities already in place.
The radios new capabilities will allow it to do things I can not even begin to understand yet. That is just icing on the cake!
If the radio is a dog, I will take my punishment like a man. I doubt it will be!
I have certainly made bigger mistakes in my life than this "gamble". Flex has been nothing short of outstanding in their support of its products when I need help. Like TenTec and Elecraft, Flex gets just the best marks from me. I am not worried at all.
As for the QS1R, although it is a fun radio it never fulfilled its promised role as the software promised was never delivered for my use. It is fun and capable but not what I am looking for. I want a transceiver not a collection of radios and the associated issues of timing a switch to protect receiver front ends during transmit.
By the way, I would happily sell it if anyone is interested....
Finally the 6000 has a cool factor and I want one! I ordered it on the first day it was announced!
I can't wait!