Tuesday, July 5, 2016

Before And After Shack Pictures

Before, lots of wiring and a mess above the monitors.

After, removed the shelf and mounted a new 16 port Netgear Smart Switch.

The three Radios, the Yaesu on the bottom has no use anymore, the Flex 6300 dominates.

The new Netgear Smart 16 port Switch

Wednesday, June 22, 2016

The Wonderful World Of SDR

Listening to Shortwave via the SDRPlay RSP and SDR Console V3
All sorts of programming after 8:00pm CST!

Two slices via the FlexRadio 6300

Listening to the FlexRadio 6300 via my HP Omen Laptop, awesomesauce! 

Wednesday, June 15, 2016

The FlexRadio 6300 Is Here!

Long story short, they got a bit confused when I got there because somebody scanned the name wrong. They eventually found it and it had to remain in the back of the car for the entire day.... the horror!

Here it is in its temporary location until I can move everything so it's where I want it.

Here is a screenshot of everything running. The big screens have the 6300 on the left and SDRPlay on the right.

More to come, I'm playing with the 6300 on my iPad 2, it's a bit overwhelmed so I'll switch to the laptop for around the house operation. The Maestro is back ordered so playing the waiting game on that, 4 weeks hopefully will go fast!

Tuesday, June 14, 2016

UPS Exception

The dreaded word "EXCEPTION" is never good. I just received their email stating due to a mechanical failure they will "TRY" to deliver my package as soon as possible.

Last time this happened, it took weeks to resolve so I'm calling for an update first thing in the morning. I don't know how hard it is to get a truck to the location of the mechanical failure and load it up and move on, this wasn't sent ground, it was sent via the expensive option of 3 day select.


Saturday, June 11, 2016

New Radio And Head Unit Are On Their Way!

I ordered the FlexRadio 6300, FlexRadio Maestro and the Astron SS-25 power supply.

The Head Unit Maestro is on a 4 week back order but the rest should be here by this coming Wednesday. I'll post more when it gets here.

I have a dedicated 20m and 10m Dipole ready to go and the SDRPlay will be used as well as the Yaesu MP1000 Mark V and the Icom 746 Pro.

Now, I have to re-arrange the entire shack to prevent RFI issues and antenna coupling.

I'll post back next week.

Friday, June 10, 2016

Time For A New Transceiver!

I am researching a new radio, the contestants are the Icom 7300, the Yaesu 3000 and the FlexRadio 6300 and Maestro Combo.

I know it's not really fair to compare the first two to the FlexRadio but these are the 3 I picked. I ruled out the Yaesu 3000, I hated to do it but Yaesu is behind the curve right now, the 3000 has been out a long time as have their other radios.

I like the Icom 7300, but being able to take the head unit for the Flex 6300 around the house and even to the RV, SOLD! The Maestro is back ordered so for now I'll use my iPad to remote control it and my also my laptop and desktop.

I'm ordering the FlexRadio 6300 tomorrow after talking to them about the Maestro back order.

The FlexRadio software, awesome!

FlexRadio 6300 Front (controlled via PC, iPad or Maestro head unit)

FlexRadio 6300 Rear Panel

FlexRadio 6300 ATU

FlexRadio Maestro Head Unit