Since my Flagpole antenna is not resonate on any known legal amateur radio radio frequency, I need an Antenna Tuner to match my system to my antenna. I have been using a PALSTAR HF-AUTO tuner which works very well. Flex Radio has been developing the Tuner Genius antenna tuner which will be available for sale in the near future. I have been a member of the Flex Radio test team since 2014 (along with others) and am now testing the Tuner Genius. Like the 6600 radio and Power Genius, the Tuner Genius is a complete SO2R legal limit antenna tuner in one box. That's really cool!
Obviously I have lots of hardware in my new shack. Here's some info about what's in there.
OK, there's a radio, amplifier, antenna tuner, computer, and stuff like that. Thanks Captain Obvious.
Radio. It is a Flex Radio Systems 6600. That is a single radio that does SO2R. I have been using Flex radios since 2014 and am additcted. I also use the Flex Maestro rather than the Flex desktop Smart SDR software for day to day operations.
The Flex 6600 is a direct sampling Software Defined Radio (SDR). The SDR environment is a very different operating paradigm that legacy radios. Lots of radio call themselved SDR radios. That term means diferent things to different people. Some research into the various definitions what they actually deliver is worthwhile. It is a single radio that does SO2R in a single transceiver. It handles all modes with no other hardware needed. All connections (other than coax) are via your network. Got rid of countless boxes, serial cables, etc. when I moved to the Flex.
I use the Flex Maestro to operate the Flex radio rather than the desktop app. The Maestro connects to the radio via your wired or wireless LAN. When the weather is nice, I like to take it outside on my deck and chase DX from there.
I use the Flex Maestro to operate the Flex radio rather than the desktop app. The Maestro connects to the radio via your wired or wireless LAN.
When the weather is nice, I like to take it outside on my deck and chase DX from there.
For contesting and DXing I really like to run high power. For that I use Flex's Power Genius Amplifier. Runs all HF bands and 6 meters at the full legal limit and is a SO2R amp in one box. Very neat design. All day, all night without a whimper. That includes the digital modes. I have easily used this amp to run SO2R RTTY in a weekend's contest at full legal limit.
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Probably the most important hardware items in my shack are the bathroom and coffee pot.
Please visit my software page to see what I use there.