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Categories | Transceivers: HF Amateur HF+6M+VHF+UHF models - not QRP <5W | FlexRadio FLEX-6700 Help

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K9ZW  Rating: 5/5 Nov 11, 2013 19:57  Send this review to a friend!
Excellent Radio with Radio-of-the-Month upgrades  Time owned: 3 to 6 months
Have not had more fun with a Radio and its Radio-of-the-Month upgrades

I've had radio Number 11 for five months, first as one of the SmartSDR Preview Edition program running pre-production beta software and now with the first public release & public beta SmartSDR versions.

It has been a well appreciated experience to participate as features have been rolled out, tweaked & re-tweaked. On arrival the radio had only the most basic features, where with the current releases the basic radio is all there.

Most importantly Flex Radio Systems has laid out a "Road Map" for additional features that runs over the next year.

The limitations of early software are removed in phases, as features are added and experience gained.

It is like having a "Radio-of-the-Month" club, the software updates offering much in each release. I've had access to 6 or 7 releases over these first months.

At the time of this writing, early November 2013, there are items I would really like to see coming up.

As a snapshot right now, this November evening, the 6700 offer a noteworthy receiver that is very easy to listen to, does an outstanding job if digging out SSB DX, and has earned me many complements on my transmissions.

SmartSDR is simple, intuitive and reasonably robust. It is certainly far better than the first public releases of the older PowerSDR. How things have moved forward since 2005 and Flex's first SDR-1000 kits.

A strong suggestion for prospective owners, review the Road Map to identify when Flex Radio Systems expects to have any personally mission-critical features ready. Some hams have not enjoyed the steady diet of upgrades and would be happier if they would wait for the feature set they feel they need before going for a 6700/6500 radio.

Another area the 6700 excels is in value for money. The receiver quality is impressive with A<->B testing with big name radios costing 1-/2 to 2 times as much putting the 6700 with early beta software as equal to these great rigs. Many of the other features are unique to SDRs and something the big name rigs can't begin to offer.

I am not going "knob free" with the 6700, and feel the FlexControl pod is integral with my enjoyment of the radio. I couldn't imagine doing any contest time without "the knob" either.

Very glad I added the 6700 to my radio room, have enjoyed each of the upgrades, and have great expectations of where this radio will be as each milestone on the road map is met.

And it is fun to operate!

73

Steve
K9ZW

http://k9zw.wordpress.com/
 
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