Which New Flex-Radio Flex-6X00 Model to Order? 6 - June - 2012Posted by k9zw in Amateur Radio, Flex-6000, K9ZW, K9ZW Just Rambled.
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Ok, let’s say you ar ethe type of ham willing to put a bit of skin into the game to be atthe leading edge, and you were thinking of pre-ordering a new Flex-Radio Flex-6000 series radio. Which one to order – the single SCU Flex-6500 $4000 model or the twin SCU Flex-6700 $7000 model?
Big choice with a steep step-up for the dual SCU (Spectral Capture Unit) version.
In many ways the Flex-6500 with SmartSDR appears a modest step up from a PowerSDR Flex-500 RX2 radio. There may be more “slices” available than can be put to use.
The big brother Flex-6700 looks to have dual input path features that are a leap ahead. Diveristy on multiple bands? Sure would seem possible.
So given the product is only prototypes and the SmartSDR software is rough modules being designed, what is a person’s risk tollerance? What is prudent? Can a person put the new capabilities to use?
How to choose?
I’ll wait a day or so for any coments and then present my decision making process.