A Quiet Word about FlexRadio

This is a second writing of a post that WordPress ate for unexplained technical reasons.

I wanted to share a quiet word about FlexRadio with you.

Seeing a bit more than the average ham because of my being on the Alpha Test Team, I’m hoping my insight is beneficial to you.

The FlexRadio team, both corporate and volunteers are pretty darn awesome!

While I can’t share what is in the thousands and thousands of emails share with me through the Alpha Team, I can share the metadata that these folks are very serious about helping you to a quality first rate ham experience, while not breaking the bank in the process.

As I type this post I am on the air doing digital mode with the third Flex-6700 distributed to anyone outside of FlexRadio Systems, Flex-6700 serial number 11.  That radio has been back to FlexRadio to receive some very early updates, and once because I just wanted to have a comprehensive checkup just because.

Those service trips were easy, effective and yes I experienced FlexRadio-Withdrawal while the radio was away.  That withdrawal may be why I wanted to have a spare radio – so I could get my HF on-air fix.

FlexRadio did something cool taking their skills into a major government project that has been successful.  The impact of that project was while the development was underway perhaps FlexRadio was a touch preoccupied, that in the end they have been able to expand their ham radio software team.

Where are they finding all these nice and effective software folk from is my unanswered question!

Now I have to confess that I do like to use traditional radios, often something Collins, for some throwback operations.  And if I come to your shack, I will enjoy operating the radios you have.  But that joyful return to my Flex-6700 station is also a confession.

For field use the current FlexRadio series isn’t my cup of tea, though I have dragged a Flex-6300 with a Laptop and a router out on a couple occasions.  Currently a K9ZW SGC-2020 vs Elecraft KX3 shootout is underway, and perhaps will help me select my HF field kit setup.

There are a couple FlexRadio quirks I should disclose:

  • The Genius series Tuner and Amp are really nice, yet FlexRadio doesn’t toot its horn very much on them.
  • Your Home Network and the Internet Quality does affect performance.
  • The gear is more complex than basic Plug-n-Play, and some extra advance stuff benefits from advance network/internet skills.
  • The FlexRadio Team so lives in this technical world, that I have to do a “Explain that to me” when the jargon is beyond my knowledge.

Reflecting on a bit of history, FlexRadio’s ability to rethink the transceiver, to down scale technology far too costly for amateur radio usage, and leverage a volunteer team into a harsh testbed, all have combined to give us the experience we have.

I know my HF radio experience has be enhanced by using FlexRadio products in my hamshack.

Oh, that Quiet Word about FlexRadio?  It is “Thank You, FlexRadio!”



2 thoughts on “A Quiet Word about FlexRadio

  1. Kuby, MS-EET(ret) says:

    My biggest miff at Flex is their continued crappy SSB-DSP, even my fixed IC-9100 NR/DSP is far better than I can achieve with all the adjustments Flex gives users.

    I can understand that PwrSDR did not have the speed/band width but SmartSDR no longer has all that overhead.

    I have no faith that Flex will address this SSB-DSP issue; hence, I have a Flex3000, Flex5000, Flex6300 to sell. If I ever buy another rig it will likely be the IC-7610 or with hope a IC-7610H (+200W version).

    • k9zw says:

      The setup under SmartSDR is different than “fine listening radios” for certain.

      I wasn’t aware that you had your Flex-6300 up and running yet, let’s set up a time ( a sked) to do a QSO?



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