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Categories | Transceivers: HF Amateur HF+6M+VHF+UHF models - not QRP <5W | FlexRadio FLEX-5000 Help

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N5LB  Rating: 5/5 Aug 31, 2014 08:16  Send this review to a friend!
Great radio -   Time owned: 3 to 6 months
Purchased used to see if I liked SDR I'm now hooked. The receiver seems to be nearly crunch proof as long as the noise blanker is properly adjusted. It is quiet and sensitive with a multitude of ways to set up for varying conditions. Running the latest PSDR 2.7.2 is smooth and without crashes on a W8.1 machine. I did have to unload a lot of the nonsense software that Microsoft and others will load on boot; not difficult and very effective.
The transmitter side is very good and SSB can be tailored to your voice and your microphone. Digital modes are excellent. I use DXLab, FLdigi VAC and DDutil to tie everything together. Some may say this is a pain to get working but for me it was fast and effective plus there are lots of help docs on the Flex site and the web.
Some have complained about CW operation. At first I also was disappointed but after cleaning up my computer and adjusting the Flex I find it effective and enjoyable. Sometimes I will run breakin with a very short delay for pileups. It is good for me, plus I can watch where the majority of the callers are in the waterfall.
Being a used radio I did have a few electrical/mechanical issues with connectors but easily repaired, though I had Flex do this minor work.
The use of the Panadaptor and Waterfall became so natural that I doubt going back to a radio with knobs will ever suffice.

The 5000 works for me and my operating style. Plus I have learned a lot about SDR and the related software.
Here is the downside....there is always a downside. Now I want a 6xxx.  
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