05-23-2012, 06:34 PM
Life is too short for ugly radios with small displays.
05-23-2012, 09:33 PM
If you're running (most) digital modes, you'll need a computer anyway. I prefer having the Internet handy anyway for call-sign look-ups, prop reports, etc. Sure, the Flex is useless without a computer attached, but I haven't had a radio NOT attached to the computer for nearly my entire license (about 7 years). Just recently invested in a microphone for HF!
Originally Posted by N2RRA
The Flex radio connects all it needs via 1 cable to the computer.
You have more hook up time running additional cables than needed.
Stop surfing porn and downloading pirated software and you won't get viruses. No, wait, I'd lose half my income if not for spyware, so keep at it! 8)
Most importantly is if your laptop is infected with a virus...
Although the Flex 3k I have is road-rugged, I'd never go portable HF anyway, so I'm not the best witness to the cause.
05-23-2012, 11:13 PM
I'm not sure where the "...being 6+khz wide..." comes from, but the audio width, both TX and RX, on the Flex 3k is anything between -9999 on the left to +9999 on the right.
Originally Posted by N9WW
I can reduce my RX or TX bandwidth down to 10Hz and as wide as 20K. I can see nearly 100K of waterfall. The big-brother Flex 5000, and surely the newer 6k versions, can do at least twice that.
Pretty much any size TX/RX bandwidth, and any width you want on (about any number of) filters is at your fingertips on a Flexradio.
And that's just one of a 100 great reasons to own a Flex. Having had my share of rigs, I'll never go back to anything but SDR.
Although, in all fairness, I can't speak for the audio quality as I've only used voice once on the radio. Dusty microphone here but just-in-case!
05-23-2012, 11:50 PM
05-24-2012, 07:02 PM
The Yaesu FTDX-3000 has a nostalgic look which appeals to many hams, in particular those who were young in the 1970's. Take it from me. What I want is the look and feel of the past, and underneath is today's technology. I believe that Yaesu is building the 3K upon some previous model, and the clean-cut design tells me the software/firmware is debugged accordingly. I think the model beams quality and restrained purity. Do you want to get on the air, or do you want to fiddle with buttons?
I have a FT-950. Okay. At the moment I also have an IC-7600 on my table, just for the sake of comparison. As a matter of fact indeed, I cannot wait to kick out the Icom. Honest to God.
Oh, finally I go it out.
About what the FTDX-3000 will replace, I think the FT-950 stands on the scaffold. And in the near future we will se a FTDX-4000 replacing the FT-2000. I am sorry to see the analog meter (the real thing) a thing of the past.
05-29-2012, 06:03 PM
Did I take your breath away? Continue, please. What do you think about that new transceiver?
05-29-2012, 11:33 PM
I still say the new 3000 looks like an Icom IC718 or a Yaesu ft747 on steroids...lol.
I guess ill have to see it in person, but it still gives me the same sinking feeling as when we went from nice heavy fly-wheel stereo tuners with wood side panels and real transformers caps and transistors, to cheap onkyo and sony and technics plastic crap with ic chips in them for amplifiers.
The old pioneers and marantz and whatnot kicked butt compared to the plastic consumer-grade garbage that came in the late 80's.
The Yaesu 3000 has that cheap consumer-stereo plastic look to it.
I think the Yaesu ft1000d will be the last heavy radio built. No more aluminum knobs and rubber around knobs etc.
Id also never pay over $1500 for any radio because no company of the big three will stand behind the product over 3-5 years. They dont even carry parts for some radios from 2 years ago, or firmware downloads. Its discusting.
They should have supply parts for at least ten years in my opinion.
05-29-2012, 11:51 PM
Careful, around here, some folks take exception, and call those of us who appreciate older technology, curmudgeons, and say we have no right to comment on modern technology, simply because we like boat anchors.
06-02-2012, 03:38 PM
Originally Posted by W3RXO
Pshhhh!!! I want a boat anchor with built-in DSP/Auto-Notch!!!
Theres things i like about boat anchors, and also things i like about newer radios.
The new plastic-shaft knobs stink. My old Yaesu FT-757gx2 feels much better than the newer Icom IC-718 and the Yaesu FT-450's.
Id love to see how the Yaesu FTDX9000 and Icom IC-7800 feels. Probably the same plastic cheap knobs as the cheaper radios.
But worst of all, i hate the fact that they dont support the radios that are 5 years old or more.
Thats why i cant buy a radio that i couldnt afford to re-buy in cash every 5 years.
I have to face the possibility that my throw-away radio may break down in less than 5 years and be unsupported and i will have to replace it.