The flames are raging on the Apache Labs email reflector over the Anan SDR booth’s poor showing at Dayton.
In my work as a group facilitator whenever we heard the words “anyone”, “always”, “never” and other such language we assumed the speaker had reverted to a childhood state where those were the words used when children feel hurt.
So we can conclude some of the fanboys are pretty upset and well they should be.
The Apache Labs booth was a disaster at best. Poorly located (maybe not their fault) and equally poorly signed (the banner didn’t do much) and staffed by one sad looking guy (seems one of the other guys called in sick and didn’t come) who I am assuming was an engineer (okay I’m going by look) who spent all the time I had in front of the booth talking in a foreign language (foreign to me) on a cellphone while ignoring the few of us standing at the booth.
That’s so dumb. Heck I could of sold more radios just by showing a little enthusiasm. Very poor showing by Apache Labs and did nothing to encourage me to consider their product as much next buy. Heck if they’re not excited about their product why should I be?
Guys arrive a couple of days earlier to allow you to overcome jet lag. Send or hire a couple of local sales guys and have something to handout to potential customers and smile, smile and smile as you talk, talk and talk. Don’t sit there on a cellphone.
Big big booth with all hands on deck talking SDR. Big crowds of eager buyers and lots of guys with tons of questions. All the radios were working and were connected to real antennas. You could actually work the radios.
Flex has introduced the FlexRadio 6300 at $2500 (+ an accessory ATU) which is a lot less than their other 6000-series super radios and a major price point for a lot of us.
I bought a subscription with Adobe for my Photoshop ($800) and my Lightroom 5 ($99) that costs $10 a month and gives me unlimited access to the newest versions. Anytime I want to bail out I can and I can keep running the software using my last purchased software.
The FlexRadio subscription will be similar and I’m all for it.
But, and this is a big but, I’m not sure yet whether the Flex 6300 is for me. My Flex 1500 and to a lesser degree, my Flex 3000 (which still has a noticeable lag when using the FlexKnob and while this might not be much of an issue for casual operators it’s a big problem for contesters who need better accuracy. I’ve changed cables, FireWire cables and messed with my port assignment to no effect on the issue) are great radios which IMHO run circles around big box radios especially the ones from Japan.
When Harry, VA3EC, who lives 360 meters north of me, fires up his big box radios his signal is all over the band. When he fires up his 3000 I can’t tell he’s there unless I’m close enough to see him on my panoramic display.
The FlexRadios are so good that in the last CW contest I worked a guy inside of Harry’s transmission envelop. And yes I had attenuation dialled in and I was running ring-free 25 Hz filtering but the contact was pretty easy to pull off.
It’s going to take a few more weeks for the brain trust to figure out which SDR is the better designed. Comparisons of the Flex 5000 and the Anan-100 are pretty interesting.
SDR isn’t for everyone. It’s new. Sort of like SSB was back in the AM days and you should have heard the comments back then on 80 meters. Vicious would have been putting it mildly but somehow we managed to make the change.