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Author Topic: Looking at 2nd hand Flex 5000A  (Read 9172 times)
ZL1BBW
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« Reply #15 on: October 12, 2012, 02:14:15 AM »

I did not go any further with the purchase of the rig, it eventually sold for around $3500NZ, but frankly a piece of gear at that price that has at the best mediocre cw performance is just not for me.  I would have really expected it to handle SSB and CW well or very well for that sort of dough.

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ex MN Radio Officer, Portishead Radio GKA, BT Radio Amateur Morse Tester.  Licensed as G3YCP ZL1DAB, now taken over my father (sk) call as ZL1BBW.
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« Reply #16 on: November 16, 2012, 07:35:51 PM »

The flex 5000A has in my opinion a fairly steep learning curve .  Things will much easier if you study a little on the flex reflectors and the Flex knowledge center .  This will be the best sounding transceiver you have ever listened to period !  I like to talk but I also like to listen to international broadcast , religious , news stations , Military traffic etc.  you will be amazed at the sound Quality and the panadapter is just fantastic .  I like mine better than my TT Orion II .  John kb2huk
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AF4RK
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« Reply #17 on: December 12, 2012, 10:42:15 AM »

I have a Flex 1500 driving a QRP linear to an Alpha 86. I built an external sidetone oscillator/open collector flex control output and works great on CW. However, having said that, there are no settings that will allow moderate speed CW with the internal keyer/sidetone. I use the Winkeyer with N1MM on another computer. The Flex 1500 has an inexpensive dual core Dell Laptop with nothing on it but Win 7 / PowerSDR. After 10 months of fiddling / learning, I have a pretty good setup on SSB/CW/Digital. Great radio for the money. Bought this because i can't afford a K3 hi! So far, NO PROBLEMS with IMD on PSK (not using the Alpha 86 on PSK  Cheesy Cheesy. Anyone wanting the schematic / pcb layout for the Flex CW controller, email me. I use the PCBExpress software.

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