What will the Flex-6000 “Net Ready” Ability bring towards the development of a fully integrated station?
This new series will appear as an interactive Net Ready device.
Some current amateur radio gear is net ready, but more as a peripheral that as a managed/managing device. The Flex-6000 Series will in most cases be the highest powered “computer” on the majority of home networks, with the massive processing power the architecture offers.
As a dream station I could see a Flex-6700 transceiver matched with Net Ready QRO (High Power) gear – perhaps an Alpha Radio 9500 Amplifier, a 4040 Tuner, their intelligent dummy load and SWR/Watt Meter. Networked this would be the modern day Network Full Boat in a Rack – the spiritual successor to setups like the desktop kilowatt tube setup:
- Net Ready Flex-6000 Series units may act as the Brain of the Station as their is reason to read into the literature that the ThinClient is not really needed at all in some situations. Certainly the processing power is there to do this.
- Certain Net Ready Companion Components will be best match for a Dream Station – it looks like the latest Alpha gear may fill this roll.
- The Flex-6000 series as Net Ready will allow better coordination between several Net Ready Flex-Radio units. While Flex-Radio has openly talked about several Signature Series Flex-6X00 radios working together, it may be possible to slave PowerSDR Radios/Computers to provide additional resources as well.
In many ways the Net Ready aspect makes the limits of a Dream Station economic limits, rather than technical.
First post of this series Flex-6700 Fantasies – “Dreaming What Might Be!” Series
Planning in a few weeks to have another first hand look at the Flex-Radio Flex-6000 series radios at the W9DXCC Convention in Illinois.
……one can imagine, dream and scheme can’t one?
Reading the Flex-Radio literature, Insider newsletters and reflectors there is one massive amount of promise to this new radio an architecture!
I’d like to touch on a few items that have caught my eye, and what I imagine they might offer for the future of amateur radio.
Be absolutely certain I am speculating, I have no extra insight or sources (nor would I betray information given to me in confidence) and I am doing analysis based on what it out there. I’m going to have fun speculating what might be.
Putting some guesses and construction to the pieces of information over the next few weeks, we’ll see if I guess right on anything announced at the W9DXCC or later when radios ship.
I’ll try to get a thought out every few days in the lead-up to the W9DXCC Convention and then an assessment in the week or so directly after the event.
I’ll link them to this “Flex-6700 Fantasies – “Dreaming What Might Be!” Series” starter and again in the wrap up.