I have been curious about FlexRadio offerings since they entered the market. Early reviews of their hardware were very good and you could just tell that they were on to something. My own reticence about jumping onboard in those early days was based on my preference for a different operating system. Having to fight with Windows and its multitude of software updates and out of date drivers simply wasn’t my idea of hobby fun.
But when the evolution of the Flex hardware reached the point where the computing part of the radio was removed from the end-user, I went from curiosity to real interest. Still, it was a significant platform change and I wasn’t willing to abandon one ship to leap onto another.
And then came the latest 6000 Signature Series providing an option to make the transceiver a server while opening up the user interface to other devices like a Maestro, PC, Mac, or iOS device. Realizing that this sort of operability is available in a format that permits users to put the hardware in a closet (so to speak) while accessing that hardware via Ethernet was a real inflection point in my thinking about FlexRadio.
I reserved a Flex-6400 this week. Though it won’t be available until early 2018, I’m excited about this new future and am making plans for integrating this platform into my ongoing amateur radio adventure. Some will take place on an iPad from the road while others will be enjoyed with a Maestro sitting in my own backyard…