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FT-DX 3000 or ?????

May 22nd 2015, 22:28

WK7G

Joined: Feb 5th 2013, 16:09
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I recently got my Extra ticket and I'm looking to upgrade to a new rig. I'm currently using a FT-897D in the shack. It is a fine rig but I would love to have a dedicated base rig and use the FT-897D for portable and mobile ops. As far as antennas I have an Alpha Delta DX-LB PLUS, 43' vertical, and a 5 Element 6 meter LFA yagi.
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I have been looking at the FT-DX 3000, Elecraft KS3 and the Flex 6300.

FT-DX 3000 ~ $2200
- Good all around rig with nice filtering.
- Internal ATU
- lots of bells and whistles built in. USB, CW decoder etc...

Elecraft KS3 ~$2900
- great reputation following and support.
- Quality RX/TX
- Pricey when adding options

Flex 6300 ~$2500
- dual receiver channels and Panadapters
- Remote operating LAN, future WAN a big plus.
- Small foot print.

I would love to hear what everyone thinks of these 3 or alternatives is the mid priced range ($2000-3000)

Thanks in advance for any words of wisdom!
May 25th 2015, 19:25

AI4BJ

Joined: Sep 2nd 2003, 12:14
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You're really comparing apples (Elecraft, Yaesu) and oranges (Flex). All three rigs provide very good performance, but the ergonomics involved in driving a traditional "buttons and knobs" radio vs a PC-controlled rig are entirely different. I spend 40+ hours a week sitting in front of a PC at work, so when it comes time to play radio, the last thing I want is to be spending even more time with a mouse in my hand staring at a monitor! But that's just me. This is really a matter of personal preference, and I cannot tell you what's best for you.

73,
Mark AI4BJ
May 28th 2015, 11:20

G6EZGI

Joined: Jan 23rd 2014, 20:02
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Very good question if its just for base station and you have the computing equipment based on eham reviews i would go for the flex
about to make the same decision myself
good luck

G6EZG
May 28th 2015, 11:20

G6EZGI

Joined: Jan 23rd 2014, 20:02
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Very good question if its just for base station and you have the computing equipment based on eham reviews i would go for the flex
about to make the same decision myself
good luck

G6EZG
Jun 3rd 2015, 14:15

WK7G

Joined: Feb 5th 2013, 16:09
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I control my ft897 with HRD on my computer now so that is not a big jump.

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