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Burt Fishers Review of the Flex Radio 1500

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For all you Amateur Radio folks, Shortwave listeners, experimenters, and fans of Software Defined Radios…

You just can’t stop Burt Fisher, K1OIK.  His risk of $600 on the new Flex Radio 1500 Beta gives you this great review of the radio.  A product like the Flex Radio is more like a piece of test equipment than it is a radio for traditional use.  But as you can see, radio and electronic experimentation combined with digital techniques is alive and well both for those who want to build it and for those who … if you build it, they will come. 

Come see Burt Fishers review:

Here are some other video reviews by Burt Fisher of Software Defined Radios

For the technically inclined – here’s the nitty-gritty

For everyone else –

Here is the FlexRadio 1500 product page –

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November 18, 2010 at 6:26 am

Field Day 2010 on Cape Cod

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Complements of the unstoppable Burt Fisher K1OIK

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July 3, 2010 at 11:44 pm

The Amateur Radio Lifestyle

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Looking for some vintage radio equipment on eBay, reading one of  the descriptions, the seller included the reason for selling a collection of radios – “My father passed away and I am selling his collection of radios.  I do not want to be part of the ham radio lifestyle.” 

Ham radio has been traditionally defined as a “Hobby” and as a “Service”.  This non-Ham described his father’s relationship with Ham Radio as a “Lifestyle”.  That’s an interesting perspective on Amateur Radio.

What’s a life-style?

life·style also life-style or life style

A way of life or style of living that reflects the attitudes and values of a person or group: “It was a millionaire’s lifestyle on the pocketbook of a hairdresser” (People).

Usage Note: When lifestyle became popular a generation ago, a number of critics objected to it as voguish and superficial, perhaps because it appeared to elevate habits of consumption, dress, and recreation to categories in a system of social classification. Nonetheless, the word has proved durable and useful, if only because such categories do in fact figure importantly in the schemes that Americans commonly invoke when explaining social values and behavior…

“habits of consumption”, “habits of dress”, “habits of recreation” – linked to social classification.  Interesting.

For some folks their “hobby” does define their life.  In groups and organizations some do  find significance, recognition, and meaning for their life where, perhaps, other avenues may not be possible or available to them.  Maybe this is what the eBay seller was referring to when he described his father’s relation to the Amateur Radio hobby as a “life-style”.  Habits of consumption, dress, and recreation.

“Life-style” in Action

So, what does this look like?

Burt Fisher (K1OIK)  is a retired high school teacher and long time Amateur Radio operator.  Burt regularly makes videos related to Amateur Radio including hamfests; hamfests are a sort of flea market for radio equipment – and all sorts of things.  And maybe, hamfests can provide a view of Life-style demonstrated.

Take a look at Burt Fisher’s video of NearFEST 2010.  Of note is the interview with WBCQ radio.  This is a 50,000 Watt broadcast radio station on which you (literally anyone)  can buy airtime.   Fifteen (15) minutes of air time costs about $30.  “The more you buy, the more you save.”  An hour of air time on this shortwave broadcast station ia about $60.  WBCQ radio can be heard on 9.330, 5.110, 15.420, and 7.415 MHz.

Check out NearFEST 2010

Additional Resources

Part I of Burt Fisher’s NearFEST 2010 video –

Selected links from the WBCQ web site

Glenn Hauser’s World of Radio
Lumpy Gravy Radio Show
Monitoring Times
New England Amateur Radio Festival
Popular Communications
QSO Radio Show
TennesseeBill’s OTR Library
This Week In Amateur Radio
WBCQ Audio Archives

‘ON THE AIR’ 1937 – How Radio Works –

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May 30, 2010 at 3:29 am

“Global” Communications 50 years ago

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Wow.  Try to explain this to a kid with an IPhone

Burt Fisher, K1OIK,  makes a contact from his 50 year old station, the Heathkit DX-40 and Hallicrafters S-76 receiver.

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February 14, 2010 at 6:10 pm

NearFEST VI Part III October 2009 Hamfest Deerfield, NH

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Another video by Burt Fisher K1OIK.
An interview with a contester and radio remembered

While watching the latter part of the video one might get the idea that ham radio is at the end of an era.
Check it out for yourself

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October 29, 2009 at 1:32 am

Linear Amp Tuneup – Ameritron Al-811H Linear Amplifier

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There is no stopping K1OIK Burt Fisher
Check out his video on tuning up the Ameritron AL-811H Linear Amp

If you want to see the inside of the AL-811H check out our posting below

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July 7, 2009 at 3:50 am

Take a video tour of NEAR-Fest

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Burt Fisher, K1OIK, strikes again.

Why do people show up at 3:30am for an 8am hamfest?  See the double lines of people waiting to get into Near-Fest.  See the interviews with the folks that run the fest.  What drives people to be first in line when the hamfest is hrs away?  Do you know about what happens among the sellers before you get in there?

Can you swap an antenna for grilled cheese sandwich at NEAR-Fest?  Watch the videos and find out?

Check out Burt Fishers NEAR-Fest videos.

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June 5, 2009 at 4:02 am

Demo of the Flex 5000 Software Defined Radio

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Can you stop Burt Fisher K1OIK?  No, you can’t stop Burt Fisher talking about the Flex 5000 Software Defined Radio.

Check out Burt’s latest entry.  How to use the Virtual Audio Cable on the Flex 5000 SDR for digital modes.

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May 5, 2009 at 4:13 am

Software Defined Radio – Review of the FlexRadio 5000

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Burt Fisher K1OIK strikes again on Software Defined Radio
We wrote an article on one of his videos
Here are all his videos (to date) on the FlexRadio 5000

Not YouTube savy?  Then Lisa Nova is here to help

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March 4, 2009 at 4:36 am

Software Defined Radio – Burt Fishers (K1OIK) Review of FlexRadio 5000

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Software Defined Radio:
Burt Fishers (K1OIK) Review of FlexRadio 5000

We already wrote one article about Burt Fisher K1OIK.  This posting is just to draw your attention to Burts Review of a software defined radio – The FlexRadio 5000.

Folks reading reviews QST should be aware that their business model depends heavily on revenue from advertising.  Theoretically, it would not be to their benefit to write less then positive reviews of products – even if it was the truth of the matter.  For example, QST gets advertising dollars from FlexRadio.  If QST wrote a less than favorable review of the Flex Radio products then Flex may pull advertising revenue. 

This is the perennial collision of ethics and business.  Consume Reports maintains objectivity of product reviews by simply making the potential conflict of and advertising dollars vs objective reviews go away by accepting no advertising.  When was the last time you read in any QST review that any produt was not a wise purchase compared to other products on the market in the same category?

This is all to say, product review from real hams with no revenue at stake makes them more objective.  This is not to say they do a high quality or comprehensive review – its just to say that they don’t have a devil over one shoulder wispering revenue impact when they are doing product reviews.

In any case, here is a link to burts video review of the Flex Radio 5000.  This is the first in a series for the Flex Radio.  We suggest you subscribe to Burts YouTube channel

Burts YouTube Channel

Review of the Flex 5000A SDR Radio


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Soon after that, Eidos threw a $%$#@  and withdrew their advertising from Gamespot. The rumur mill began grinding. The blogs began buzzing. Rumor has it that Gamespot lost hundred of thousands of dollars of future advertising revenue over that one bad review. Rumor has it that Jeff was sacrificed to the almighty dollar. Nobody knows how much of it is true, but the whole thing even made the front page of Slashdot. That’s about as big as a limited interest story like this gets.

Now, to be fair, nobody knows for sure that Jeff was fired for his review. I mean, it could be a coincidence that a respected, high profile, long-tenured writer was put out to pasture immediately after writing a bad review of a game that was responsible for tons of advertising revenue for his website. Maybe they were planning on firing him all along and were just victims of almost impossibly bad timing.

Jeff: Instant celebrity, official status as the “straight-shooting journalist who can’t be bought and sold.” Practically guaranteed another high-profile writing job, perhaps for an organization that understands that reviews are only as good as the perceived integrity of the reviewer.

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November 24, 2008 at 7:35 pm

On being Burt Fisher K1OIK: polishing the image of Amateur Radio

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Burt Fisher K1OIK is a long time Amateur Radio guy and retired high school teacher.  Burt seems now to have plenty of time to make videos on YouTube.  Good for him!

As a long time Amateur Radio guy, Burt had made some observations about Ham radio over the years.  Sometimes, when you are “in the system” (or “embedded in the culture”) of Ham Radio its a challenge to take an objective (“outsiders”) perspective on some of the activities and behaviors of Amateur Radio operators.  From certain perspectives some of the things that hams do are just “crazy”.

Check out these videos and see if he makes any sense.

Truth revealed about ham radio

Ham radio, a critical evaluation

The Real World of Ham Radio

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November 18, 2008 at 12:18 pm

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