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 Flex Radio 3000 & 5000A still a good buy? 
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I've been wanting a Flex 6400 but seems to be talking forever to be released. I'm just wondering if the Flex 3000 and the 5000A are still a good buy?

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If you have a PC with firewire - which you would need - both the 3000 & 5000 are good radios but not as good as the 6XXX series. The software, Power SDR for them is still being breathed on and many will say is more developed that Smart SDR for the 6 series.

I have a 6300 which I rate as superb, best radio I have ever had in nearly 60 years of playing radio.

Personally I would wait for the 6400 but if you are impatient, have a look at the 6300 - there's not a lot of difference in my opinion.

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I have a well loaded 5000A and a 6300.
Both are very fine radios and I rate the 5000A as one of the best receivers out there.
I particularly like the plethora of in/output sockets on the 5000A something lacking in the 6300.
I find PowerSDR to be more useable than SmartSDR but that is subjective.

Also have a look at the software for the 5000A from KE9NS....more options even tha PowerSDR.

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Thumbs up also for the Flex 5000A also using the software for the 5000A from KE9NS

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Can anyone tell me how easy it is to purchase the second receiver (RX2) or the ATU for the Flex5000, and where from?


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I have never owned a flex 3000 or 5000 so cannot comment on them but most seemed to rate them. I have owned two 6300 and a 6500 over the last five years and rated them highly in terms of receive performance but the noise reduction and automatic notch filter were poor and underdeveloped. Random network disconnects and flex's inability to sort that or to speed up development of the software caused me to look elsewhere. There are similar issues with the 6400 and 6600 as well as an early hardware recall, so i am glad i gave up waiting for the 6600 to be delivered in europe.

I opted for the new anan 7000 with true dual rx and superb nr2 snb and anf facilities. The openhpsdr client software is very powerful and flexible and i have been very pleased with its receive performance as well as its pure signal pre distortion feedback clean tx signal. At £1000 cheaper than the 6600 and having proper antenna and beam steering diversity facilities it was a no brainer decision. Rock solid performance so far for lf dx and hf contesting. The open source hpsdr software has already moved on with two major revisions since i bought the radio in december 2017, and the software is free! Its at the cutting edge of sdr development but without the bleeding bit!
Worth a look as the price has just dropped a few hundred quid too in recent weeks.
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Well I think that it depends if you care about your neighbours. The early model Flex radios have a serious TX design flaw. Look at this article from SM5BSZ.

http://sm5bsz.com/dynrange/dubus313.pdf

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I had the 3000 and loved it, I really miss the radio and would like to go back to a flex when I can afford it


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2E1ICB wrote:
I had the 3000 and loved it, I really miss the radio and would like to go back to a flex when I can afford it


Thanks for the reply.

Since my original post I have had a Flex 5000A with RX2 and ATU and also a Flex 6300. Out of the two I enjoyed using the 5000A the most, mainly due to KE9NS's version of PowerSDR. If only SmartSDR had the features of PowerSDR :cry:


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Must admit I found PowerSDR much nicer to use than SmartSDR.
I started with Flex with a Flex 1000, followed by a 3000 and finally a 6300.
Just never enjoyed the SmartSDR software so lost interest in Flex.
Plus the original promise of ever evolving software, a new radio every few months went by the way side when Flex decided to start charging for version updates.
I know they have programers to pay but the hardware to run it aint cheap to start with. The £200 ( I think it was) cost to go to from V1 to V2 was the final straw for me.
Bye Bye Flex hello ExpertSDR. Now this software knocks both of Flex's offerings of the table, and updates are free.


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