FLEX 6700 Arrives! July 19th, 2013
A few days ago we received our first sample of the Flex 6700 transceiver together with the SmartSDR software that will power this radio.
At present the software still has some more work to be done on it and a number of features are not switched on. For this reason it is not possible to assess the software as a finished package and any attempt to do so would be unfair at this stage. But it does give some idea of what this radio is going to be capable of.
The screen is now fully sizeable and the panadaptor will fill the entire screen, which is probably the way that many users will use it. All the menu items are off to the edge of the screen and can be collapsed so that there is a very clean working screen. Firewire has been dropped and the connection is back to the PC via an ethernet cable. This in itself opens up all kinds of possibilities.
Perhaps the most impressive visual feature is the panadaptor range that is no longer tied to a few hundred KHz width. It now extends to a massive maximum of 14MHz. So you can have the full band and more on one screen. Watching the entire 40 and 20m band in one screen is easy as is 20m and 15m, and 15m and 10m. But the really exciting part for many will be the display of the whole of 6m or 4m or 2m. That really is an exciting prospect because you can simply watch for beacons or activity.
The radio as delivered will cover all bands from 160m to 2m. It will produce Qom on all bands from 160m to 6m and on 4m and 2m it produces approximately 3mW ready to hook up separate amplifiers.
At present delivery is projected for September and that is the very latest we have. As things progress I will report it in this blog.
Next Week: GB100RSGB and GB40WS
Next week is a very active one for us as it combines both the Essex CW group’s GB100RSGB station activity on Wednesday and Thursday, and the GB40WS station activity at the end of the week for our Open Day on Sunday 28th. All visitors are encouraged to come along.