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Is something wrong with the new Flex (6400/6600)?

Discussion in 'Ham Radio Discussions' started by W1BG, May 3, 2018.

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  1. KA4DPO

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    I don't think the Flex is a good fit for me. Not that it isn't good for someone else, but I just don't like messing with computers and software all that much, which leads me to favor Icom over Flex.

    I am still toying with the idea of getting an IC-7610, but the display issue keeps popping up and it worries me a little. Some say they have never experience the problem, while others say they had it happen very soon after getting the rig.

    So I am still looking, and the more I hear about the new Kenwood, the better it looks. While I am partial to Icom, I have owned a lot of really good Kenwood radios over the years as well, and the quality has always been very good. Putting everything in perspective, I am not a contester, and only an occasional DXer so I really don't need dual receivers. The TS-890 is getting excellent reviews across the board, and according to all who have one, it has the legendary Kenwood feel of quality.
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  2. N3AWS

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    Not wanting to re-kindle the Ten Tec Wars, but I agree--don't hold your breath.

    Maybe Mike will get them back in the game. EVENTUALLY. Won't happen soon, though.

    If the best they could do was a bit more than a dozen minimally improved Omni 7's.... Well, I guess we'll see what they roll out at Dayton, but, heck, let's face it--It took forever for those few rigs to sell. And the technology is a decade or more old, and was lower tier back then...

    I guess their best bet would be an upgraded Orion, but it would have to be very, very good and CHEAP for them to have a glimmer of hope in today's marketplace.
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  3. K1OIK

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    You don't want to deal with software crashes, 90 seconds to boot up, software that blue screens your computer and other assorted bugs, remote operation that is a crap shoot, owners that look down on ordinary rigs, S-meters that read S-7 with no antenna or a dummy load, well there is salvation the Elecraft K4.
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  4. N8UE

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    I have never had any such problems with my Flex rigs. Once set up they were up and running never a problem. Mostly user errors. Don't have one anymore but always want it back.
  5. W3WN

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    No, she didn’t. Sadly, she achieved room temperature long before Flex came on the market.
  6. W3WN

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    Oh heck, sounds like a Compaq computer, after HP absorbed the company...
  7. N1FM

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    Something wrong? Yes! When I got my 6400, there were absolutely NO KNOBS on the front panel, aside from the off/on doo-hickey. I called customer support about this several times but the phone attendant just laughed and hung up on me. Is that something I can take up with ARRL or FCC so I can get a refund?? One guy even said "ok boomer" and what does that even mean??? So disappointed!

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  8. K0UO

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    When is the 6700 replacement coming out? I been hearing there is one.
  9. WD0BCT

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    Gee....why do you think that happens?
    I must say that every Apple device I've purchased to replace a PC, smart phone, mp3 player or tablet has been more reliable than it's predecessor. I gravitated to Apple for a reason other than it's name for sure.
    I'll never forget Verizon telling me the only way to get my LG Google phone to work reliably as a phone was to purchase the next model which was released a year after mine. Apple products have been the most reliable I've ever used. Until that changes I'll stay with them.
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  10. WD0BCT

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    Perhaps one can't see the forest because of the trees?

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