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Everything below this is old, and some, if not most is still true. However, I sold the Flex 5000, not because i did not like it, just because I wanted to shrink my foot print at home. I now use a Icom IC-7300, which I like very much.  Everything on the radio works very well, and it is not lacking in any way. The band scope is very good. I don't miss the band scope of the IC-7600, but I do mis the Flex radios I had. Flex is expensive for a reason, they work, and they work very well. That use to put a wide margin between Flex and almost all standard radios, but now that Icom has started down the path of SDR, starting with the IC-7300, and soon to be IC-7610, the margin might start to shrink. 

I have spent some time with DMR, and taught myself to program DMR. Not just in the simplist way, but I learned a few advanced things about DMR programming. 

One new device that has been really great, is the RF Shark. It has opened another world of digital comminication without all the complexity of the DVMega, and all the other devices before it.


I still have Fusion, and a Fusion node, but I turned the node off because nobody local used it, and I had the RF Shark. I very seldom use Dstar, but I do have the newest ID4100 Dtsar mobile.


I have been making my own baluns, and they have been testing very good, so I will keep with it. I copied one from Balun Designs, and used all the parts they said they used, including Military grade duel sheilded coax.  It did really well on the antenna analyzer.


73'  Joe





The ID-5100 is a very good Dstar radio. The only short coming of its design is in the display. When the car gets hot, I can't see the display very well. It takes a long time for the car to cool down enough to get the radio back to normal. With that said, the radio works really well. If  Icom made a new display for it, and charged a reasonable price, I would buy it.  I would love to see a color display on my ID-5100.  As it is, the display is plenty big, when data comes to the screen it is easy to see while driving. The radio has a lot of nice features to customize the display in a few ways.


OLD: no longer have the 7600, or Flex.

 Icom IC-7600. This is a radio that Hams dream about. The filters are wonderful, the audio is fantastic and highly configurable, built-in PSK and RTTY decoding to the display. It has a nice sweet sound on reception as well. The display is bigger than was on my 756 Pro 2,  Icom put some serious thought into this radio. I would only say that they fell short on the PSK and RTTY macro storage. How could they not know that anyone using those modes would want way more macro storage? Oh well, the radio is a great one, and if I didn't find anything wrong with it, Hams would think I had stock in the company.  It works every bit as good as it looks.

Ever since I started using Flex radio, I have not turned on my 7600. There is no reason, the Flex is easier to use, and has terrific filters that beat out my 7600 every time. You don't know jack about how well Flex works until you use one, but be warned, you may never go back to your other radio.



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