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SSDR -- left/right cursor to change frequency

VE7ATJ_Don Member ✭✭✭
edited May 2020 in New Ideas
Just an idea -- it would be great to have the left and right cursor buttons on a keyboard adjust the frequency down/up one step -- similar to what happens when a 'scroll up/down' interrupt is received from the mouse.


  • Bill -VA3WTB
    Bill -VA3WTB Member ✭✭✭
    edited February 2018
    may be able to do that with FR stacks in hot key selections
  • John - K3MA
    John - K3MA Member ✭✭
    edited April 2018
    Or you could use this program.  https://autohotkey.com/

    I use it to start up the entire station and load all the software programs. 

    John K3MA
  • Tony Scandurra K4QE
    Tony Scandurra K4QE Member ✭✭
    edited November 2018
    Right on, Don!

    Such a simple and intuitive suggestion!  It was one of the first things I tried to do when I started with SSDR.  I was surprised when it wasn't there.  I get that there are possible workarounds as others have suggested, but I think it should be part of the "standard" interface in SSDR.  Same for the other slider controls.  Highlight them with the mouse or tab to them, then use the left/right keys for adjustment.  This type of navigation and adjustment of sliders is common in other software interfaces.

    73, Tony K4QE
  • John AK4Z
    John AK4Z Member ✭✭
    edited February 2018
    Yes! Using the left/right keyboard buttons to adjust frequency steps would be terrific in SSDR. Why not have the up/down keyboard buttons adjust volume up/down? Although 3rd party apps may be possible, frequency and volume adjustment belong in SSDR. These are practical improvements which enhance good ergonomics and efficient operating, especially when using only a laptop and mouse. Thanks for your suggestion Don, it gets my thumbs up. 

    73, John AK4Z
  • K5CG
    K5CG Member ✭✭
    edited October 2018
    How about letting us set a key map to the functions WE want them set to?
  • Mark_WS7M
    Mark_WS7M Member ✭✭✭
    edited January 2018
    The mouse wheel currently adjusts frequency similar to what you are asking for.  I can see the desire to have a keyboard interface too.  I should mention that the right way to do this is to adjust frequency up/down by the currently set tuning step.

    I decided to take someone's older idea of using a cheap DJ controller, you know those things with the turntables, sliders, and buttons and write a program to control the flex using that.

    I initially did it for fun, now I'm finding I really like controlling the radio that way!

    I used to mostly be a 1 pan, 1 slice guy.  Rarely I'd open another and fiddle around.   But with this DJ controller I just setup a 4 pan, 4 slice profile because the DJ controller makes it very easy to toggle around and adjust each slice and pan.

    This is not to day I'm not supporting your idea...  Personally, if I was in charge of SmartSDR I would add a number of things:

    1) A "user preferences" place where you could define hot keys and what they did
    2) For the things hot keys can do I would add the ability to make a network call.  This way you could have a hotkey for example that brought up qrz.com in a browser.  This could also open the door for other shack specific controls (like turning things on/off via network power switches).
  • Jim  KJ3P
    Jim KJ3P Member ✭✭✭

    Let's re-visit keyboard arrows for tuning. During business travel, I often find myself using remote operation in a hotel room or Starbucks...anywhere with decent Wi-Fi. Many times I don't have a mouse available, and could really take advantage of the keyboard arrows to tune the slice (mimicking the mouse wheel). Seems like it would be a simple thing to add. (pushing my luck: along with programmable function keys and hot keys!)

    I should add that on some laptops' mousepads, the two-finger up/down gesture works, but it's still not as precise as a definitive keyboard click.

  • KM4CQG
    KM4CQG Member ✭✭

    Has anything been updated to this idea?

    I find my laptop hard to change frequencies by click tuning.


  • Please Left Arrow / Right Arrow on Keyboard for fine tuning of the Slice Frequency

    Steve KG5VK

  • otisw
    otisw Member
    yes please add keyboard frequency step! It's very difficult to change frequency on a laptop accurately without a mouse wheel. This would be so easy to add, I don't know why this thread has gone on for years without somebody adding it, all the other remote apps (Icom etc) allow you to use the keyboard.
  • W7NGA
    W7NGA Member ✭✭✭

    A standard feature with keyboard mapping on SmartSDR for Mac since its beginning.

    Come on over to the Mac side and enjoy ...


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