At long last I have finally taken the plunge and bought an SDR Tranceiver, and it is simply the best thing I have ever done!
The Flex 6300 SDR Tranceiver. A Radio without Knobs!
Smart SDR, the interface is exceptionally feature rich. I have upgraded to version 3 which allows remote access from multiple agents.. I have the agent on my laptop, my ipad and even my phone and can log in and run the radio from anywhere I have an internet connection.
Why go for an SDR? Well thing is the radio is the software.. which gets updated and improved all the time. The only way you can improve old radio’s is by getting a soldering iron out and hacking around with components and the like, but when most of the work is done in software, then mods are a snap.
The filtering is unbelievable and allows me to hear stations I could not hear on the Icom IC746. Even before applying filtering, 80m is now usable. The only fly in the ointment at the moment is that this radio did not have the internal ATU installed, and to get one would cost almost half of what I paid for the radio in the first place.
In order to run 2 aerials and to be able to remotely switch between them, that requires two auto ATU’s! One for each aerial socket!
Other than that, I am mightily impressed.
Actually, did I say a radio without knobs? Well I lied.. I got this as well…