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I have heard bit and pieces of V3

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  • mikeatthebeach .
    mikeatthebeach . Member ✭✭
    edited January 2019
    Imagine that !!! CatSync Web SDR does not cost $200
  • Mike-VA3MW
    Mike-VA3MW Administrator, FlexRadio Employee, Community Manager, Super Elmer, Moderator admin
    edited January 2019
    The WebSDR's while handy, are not the same class of receivers.  I've listened to many WebSDR's and compared them to what I hear from my own station and there is a big difference.  For what ever reason, they so not have the same selectivity and seem to be more subject to front end overload.  

    Now, if all those WebSDR's were Flex 6700R models on full sized antenna systems, that would be something.  Often, they are often compromised antennas.

    I had an WebSDR running once on a HF6V multiband antenna on my remote station.  It worked, but was nowhere as good as my 6300 on an inverted V for 80m or on my 20M Steppir.   I've owned 3 different types of hardware and even built 2 Softrocks.  I consider those prototype devices when compared to the competition grade 6000 series radios.

    As an example tonight, I was working a station in NY (I'm in Ontario) on  80M.  I wanted to see if a WebSDR near me could compare.  Sadly, it was not able to copy a 20db over S9 signal.  This seems to be the norm for most of  the WebSDR's I've tried out in the NE of the NA.

    SDR just defines the technology  used to demodulate the signals.  However, not all SDR RF code is the same so you will see large differences in performance.

    your mileage may vary
  • Pat N6PAT
    Pat N6PAT Member ✭✭
    edited January 2019
    3. I can be operating casually on 40M and one or more of my friends (each singly at a time) can connect to my radio and use my antenna farm and PGXL amp.

    What safeguards would you use to prevent another op that you allowed to use your station remotely from destroying your amp and/or radio thru some operator error ?

  • Takeshi Yamada
    Takeshi Yamada Retired Member ✭✭
    edited January 2019
    Although I do not have immediate needs of multiFlex, I would move to V3 to support contenious software improvement efforts of FlexRadio. 
    To me, it is much preferable to invest incremental money to software periodically than replacing tranceiver itself every 5 year that costs much more and forces me to climb the learning curve from the start.

    My 6500 is 62 months old (24/7 running) and it has been performing the best among machines I have/have had, Icom, Elecraft.

    Thank you FlexRadio!

    de JI1BNU, JA2IYJ
    Ken Yamada

  • Sergey KN7K
    Sergey KN7K Member ✭✭
    edited January 2019
    To Bill - VA3WTB, 
    "Yes, Flex has had remote as well, But not like this. Can you have two stations connect to your radio with SDR console? And transmit?"
    Why would i need someone connecting to my radio and transmit? :)
    I live on a small city lot and hiding my antennas between trees.
    Not everyone is a big contest station.
    Sergey, KN7K
  • Jimmy Collis
    Jimmy Collis Member
    edited January 2019
    I agree when u have 5 to 7 thousand dollars just in a rig im surely not going to let other operators operate my station
  • Burt Fisher
    Burt Fisher Member ✭✭
    edited January 2019
    I have a feeling this multi Flex is a solution seeking a problem. Aren't there enough problems that need a solution like  noise? I would have liked custom band segments like the 7300 has, the 7300 has the ability for 6 voice recordings that don't disappear when the radio is off and the Flex voice recording they broke in September and have not bothered to fix it, the Elecraft line can copy CW and send some digital modes without a computer. I thought v3 would cover features the AVERAGE ham could use but v3 appears dedicated to a small group of contesters. Sometimes features are included in software because they can rather then to solve a need. I wonder how many that thought Flex meant "new radios" from time to time will see Elecraft is in their future? What percentage of hams that have friends that need to use their rig?

    $200 was cheap for what v2 gave us, if v3 was $25 I wouldn't buy it.
  • WW1SS - Steve
    WW1SS - Steve Member ✭✭
    edited January 2019
    Hey Superman . . . How are you?

    I would just like to see multiFLEX operate the same slice from either the Maestro or computer. I guess though that is not the way it will work. Sounds like they again are going for the next big **** for the contesters and not fixing NB or other issues. I wish they would get it together and get all these bugs fixed that we constantly complain about.

    I have friends but they don't and won't operate my station remotely.
  • Johan _ SE3X
    Johan _ SE3X Member ✭✭
    edited January 2019
    I will! I will choose them carefully for sure. Some of them already have their own Flexradios, but might be fun to work from different geographical places. It's not in any way a game changer for me, but might be fun to have. Time Will tell ..
  • Matt-KD5FGE
    Matt-KD5FGE FlexRadio Employee ✭✭
    edited January 2019
    Multi-op contesting is one of the key use cases of multiFLEX. Prior to multiFLEX a typical multi-op contest station like K9CT would use two radios to accomplish a multi-1, 4 radios for a multi-2, or n*2 for a multi-multi. Since only one operator can be transmitting on a band at a time, a typical station requires complex cabling to coordinate the transmitter between two radios so that they are not TXing at the same time. Also you have to have complex antenna switching and bandpass filtering which is not necessary with a radio like the 6600. Finally, with two separate radios it means that one user is utilizing the "Good" antenna while the second is forced to settle for the "worse" antenna. 

    - multiFLEX will cut the cost and complexity in half given that there is only one radio.
    - With Power Genius XL they only need 1 amplifier.  
    - SmartLink will allow the operators to be geographically separated. This is a BIG enabler, especially for more casual contesters, as it is often not practical to get together in the same location.

    check out the multiFLEX page for some illustrations:
    https://www.flexradio.com/multiFLEX
  • Matt-KD5FGE
    Matt-KD5FGE FlexRadio Employee ✭✭
    edited January 2019
    Multi-op contesting is one of the key use cases of multiFLEX. Prior to multiFLEX a typical multi-op contest station like K9CT would use two radios to accomplish a multi-1, 4 radios for a multi-2, or n*2 for a multi-multi. Since only one operator can be transmitting on a band at a time, a typical station requires complex cabling to coordinate the transmitter between two radios so that they are not TXing at the same time. Also you have to have complex antenna switching and bandpass filtering which is not necessary with a radio like the 6600. Finally, with two separate radios it means that one user is utilizing the "Good" antenna while the second is forced to settle for the "worse" antenna. 

    - multiFLEX will cut the cost and complexity in half given that there is only one radio.
    - With Power Genius XL they only need 1 amplifier.  
    - SmartLink will allow the operators to be geographically separated. This is a BIG enabler, especially for more casual contesters, as it is often not practical to get together in the same location.

    check out the multiFLEX page for some illustrations:
    https://www.flexradio.com/multiFLEX
  • Matt-KD5FGE
    Matt-KD5FGE FlexRadio Employee ✭✭
    edited January 2019
    Additional applications include:

    Elmering could be a significant use case for multiFLEX. This will allow you to have a young ham utilize your radio.

    Also, we have seen many applications where operators are setting up remote stations to share. Also, where members of retirement communities or HOAs will share a radio with a friend who has some land for antennas. multiFLEX is perfect for these applications.
  • Matt-KD5FGE
    Matt-KD5FGE FlexRadio Employee ✭✭
    edited January 2019
    Burt and Gene, while there are certainly a number of other applications for multiFLEX beyond contesting we recognize that it is not for everyone. We will continue to add functionality to v3 that expands beyond multiFLEX. For example we added a band new band settings menu to v3 where you can adjust your band settings on a single panel at a glance:


    There will be many more features and improvements in v3 over time. We encourage users to only upgrade if they find the features of value. If the value isn't there until v3.1 or 3.2 or 4.0 then wait to purchase until then.

    Our small but mighty team is going to keep working hard over here to improve these amazing radios. Stay tuned!

  • Mack
    Mack Member ✭✭✭
    edited January 2019
    Matt,

    I routinely allow my station to be used by other friends and the middle school that my club sponsors. I have good antennas that others may not be allowed to have due to space or HOAs. Just this weekend I allowed a friend to use my station in the 160M CW contest. He worked 620 Q's and 51 countries. 

    Because I'm using multiFlex I was able to use my rig on other bands at the same time for listening. I could transmit while he was taking a break.

    My station is setup so that it is impossible to transmit RF into another radio, band filtering, and power limits on the input to the amps so that they can't be over driven. Yes, I know everyone may not be able to do this but part of my ham radio enjoyment is allowing others to use my station so they can experience new ham radio aspects on 160 M to 23 cm at legal limit on most bands.

    Thanks for making multiFlex a possibility. There are many exciting possibilities to come using this breakthrough technology.

    73,

    Mack
    W4AX
  • Matt-KD5FGE
    Matt-KD5FGE FlexRadio Employee ✭✭
    edited January 2019
    We hear you Steve! Thanks so much for being such a faithful supporter of us.

    We often get frustrated internally that we cant accomplish more! We just try to stay the course to the best of our ability. We really do take customer feedback seriously and are unfortunately forced to make hard decisions every day to choose between two imperfect answers.

    Keep the feedback coming and our small but amazing team will keep working hard to advance these radios!
  • KY6LA_Howard
    KY6LA_Howard La Jolla, CA. Paris and Sablet FranceMember ✭✭✭
    edited January 2019
    @BURT Sorry to her you don’t have friends. Hi Hi. I have lots of friends who like to use my contest grade (Big Antenna Big Amp) station
  • Ken - NM9P
    Ken - NM9P Member ✭✭
    edited January 2019
    @Burt,

    One use case that does not involve big contest situations, is the ability to be listen for a station, but needing to be away from the shack from time to time (cooking, watching the kids, running errands around the house, working on the car n the garage).  Before multi-flex you would need to disconnect from the rig, close SSDR, reopen on your Maestro or iPad in another room, tend to your task, return to the shack, disconnect from Maestro/iPad, restart SSDR, and return to your frequency.

    Multi-flex would allow you to connect two devices at the same time, and leave them running on different, or even the same frequencies, and run back and forth between two parts of the house/property without missing that important schedule / net / rag chew / DX opening, etc.  

    Is this a scenario for the truly addicted Amateur operator?  Sure, but it can be truly handy, especially in emergency situations....for example, in an EOC where multiple people may need access to the rig at the same time....

    Indeed, this new set of features may not be useful for everyone, but I imagine it may become more useful than many folks think once it becomes mainstream and people begin to innovate and experiment with it.

    On the other hand.... no one is required to upgrade if they don't want.  They can wait until V.4 or V.5 or V.6 ... whenever the feature set suits them and entices them to do so.

    Just my 2 cents.

    Ken - NM9P
  • Neal Pollack, N6YFM
    Neal Pollack, N6YFM Member ✭✭
    edited April 2020
    After reading this thread, I wanted to offer a few observations since I also work at an electronics manufacturer;

    A.   Across your customers, there will always be different priorities, needs, wants.  You will
           NEVER please everyone at one time.

    B.  A lot of companies spend some energy running "customer focus group" meetings so they
          can better understand what the top three  to five priorities are for their customers.   Of course,
          this costs a fair bit of money that smaller companies may not have.   I do not know what
          Flex chooses to do in this regard.    I am aware that  you never have 100% of your customers
          using the forums.   And of those that do, not 100% of them are aware of some potential
          feature voting list.  So if this is how feature priorities are set, the results can be very skewed.
          For an attempt at accurate customer input for future feature directions, any company can
          improve the accuracy of their data by reaching out via mail or email campaigns to all
          registered customers on file, and/or continually broadcast the location (URL?) of a feature
          voting page.     Relying on forum thread feedback is poor, since it is uncolated, easy to miss,
          not all customers do it, etc.    I for example, read the forums here quite a bit and have not been
          aware of a place to vote for features.

    C.  Any company will balance customer feedback data with their own internal product goals
          and roadmaps.  To that end, Flex can and will decide what list of potential features and
         improvements to put on some survery, voting page, or customer focus group meetings.

    Flex is a very small company compared to the Fortune 500 firm that I work at.  That said,
    they can still improve customer data collection and reduce their stress by venturing to
    make feature priority requests more visible to their customers.   As a new'ish owner (1 year),
    I would be happy to vote, if asked, about feature improvements if I knew where to click.
    I would also benefit from seeing what other peers were requesting.

    In the end, after I vote or get asked for my customer opinion,  to be fair, I also need to realize
    that not everyone will vote the same way, and the company may regardless decide on some
    other priorities.   We have to accept that.
    I see the exact same issues at Kenwood, Icom, Yaesu, Ford, GM, GE, Samsung, Nikon,
    Sony, etc, etc.

    Cheers,

    Neal
  • Al_NN4ZZ
    Al_NN4ZZ Loganville GAMember ✭✭✭
    edited January 2019
    Hi Neal,
    RE: "I would be happy to vote, if asked, about feature improvements if I knew where to clic k.
    I would also benefit from seeing what other peers were requesting."

    Here are the steps to see the list of ideas sorted by popularity ( i.e. votes) .  To add your vote just click on an idea, and if you like it click on "VOTE" in the upper right hand corner.

    Al / NN4ZZ  
    al (at) nn4zz (dot) com
    6700 & SSDR-W  V 2.4.9
    Win10











  • Neal_K3NC
    Neal_K3NC Member ✭✭
    edited January 2019
    I think that people might not recognize how much daily contact Flex has with its customer base. I know that Mike and Tim spend many hours a day on the phone with customers, as does Matt, Lori, etc. They attend many ham festivals each year as well as present the 'state of sdr' at many technical forums. Eric and his team work closely with customers on technical problems, trying to isolate issues and fix them. The Alpha team supplies honest feedback to engineering and marketing on the state of new releases as well as release plans. I have seen more than a couple releases delayed because the Alphas were not happy that a bug was not fixed before released. This customer contact is the heart of the '110% Flex fan' base that was written about earlier. I know, personally, Tim's devotion to his title of Customer Experience Manager, never seen a person more active in representing the customer inside an organization.

    Always room for improvement and this community provides another facet of feedback,  an important one. These discussions have been very enlightening and helpful I am sure and I am also sure Flex appreciates the helpful suggestions and comments. 


  • Chris DL5NAM
    Chris DL5NAM Member ✭✭✭
    edited January 2019
    Neal, your absolute right but nobody wrote any word against Tim and Mike.

    This is not a personal discussion, nobody want blame FRS or any person. It's the politics of FRS how they handle wishes and feature requests of user.

    As you can see: multiFLEX is not the burner and for most user the money worth.

    The only way to communicate with FRS is here the community

    73 Chris
    (also a happy user of a F6 and next a 2. F6 will come)



  • Neal_K3NC
    Neal_K3NC Member ✭✭
    edited January 2019
    Hi Chris  
    I surely didn't mean to make it a personal comment so apologies if I miswrote (not sure thats a real word). I think the community's purpose is both customer-to-customer as well as customer-to-Flex-to-customer so you are of course correct! I was just trying to  represent that customer feedback occurs in many ways and they spend a lot of time talking with customers. The community is a great resource however because it allows groups of customers to represent themselves as opposed to individual contacts.
  • Sergey KN7K
    Sergey KN7K Member ✭✭
    edited March 2020
    interesting conversation.
    I think most of us just puzzled about this version - I, for example, was hoping to get my Maestro knobs to be used on SSDR (as many others as far as I understand based on multiple posts). I would be 1st to happily pay $199 !

    If ver3 designed for multiple users of the same radio, for example contest station, i hope Flex done their homework and know how many contest stations may use these capability and how many have Flex radios (or potentially may want Flex for that capability).
    Of course, it can be used for noncontest stations, but again, i think number of friends with Flex and curiosity to use each other station is very very low.
    As I said before, I live in a very small lot and I do not see someone ever TX on my station.

    In my uneducated guess, this could be very low % of HAM's population who may be interested in that release, that's why so many feedbacks from the guys (including me) who do not have any immedate need for that version.
    I am not critizing Flex, just have to sit and wait what next revisions brings to the table.
    Sergey, KN7K
  • Burt Fisher
    Burt Fisher Member ✭✭
    edited January 2019
    Howard: I have few ham friends, one I did have wanted to borrow from me $3000 for what he said was ham equipment but luckily I knew his adult daughter who said he was going to not pay me back.
    Ken: I found your 2 cents interesting. In fact almost everyone here is far more intelligent than I. The only people I deal with normally are 9 years old (although they love Morse Code).
  • Lionel
    Lionel Member ✭✭✭
    edited May 2019
    And the known bugs will be fixed! ANF, NB, WNB performance improved. Wow. Oh, when?
  • Lionel
    Lionel Member ✭✭✭
    edited January 2019
    Zero interest here in using a remote radio or having anyone remotely use mine. Besides with my wire antenna, who would anyway?
  • Lionel
    Lionel Member ✭✭✭
    edited January 2019
    Right, it isn’t personal. No reason to be. It does seem FRS out of biz necessity will always leave some ops behind. Some ideas in list have been implemented though many more or under consideration. There is no FRS priority assigned as best I can tell. They have killed a few, that is some feedback to owners. Remote operation in either direction is of no interest here. Seriously, I don’t care to be a ham radio internet on ramp/off ramp. I suspect many alpha testers have far bigger stations than some of us and hence drive the planning cycle for major versions. Some of the V2 user carping is no doubt driven by a lack of info from FRS on what, when, how of fixes. It seems like V2 is at EOL, except bug fixes and if V3 has nothing, or at least very little, for the smaller stations then it may be long time before anything useful comes along . I sure would like to hear what, if anything, there is to look forward to for those with less grand aspirations in using their equipment. I’ll buy V3 just because I have OLSS and hope a few cents goes to some innovation somewhat less galactic than what seems to be the current offering. I don’t see V3 changing any of my operation or use of my 6400. Maybe there’s a pony in the box. V3 type innovation will sell radios, that’s the long term key success factor.
  • Lionel
    Lionel Member ✭✭✭
    edited January 2019
    I agree with Serget’s comments.
  • Bernie W7DMC
    Bernie W7DMC Member ✭✭
    edited April 2020
    For my operating I can see me using the V3 multi user feature a lot. I can operate remotely in the house or on the deck using my laptop to run FT8 and my Maestro with spots to monitor the maritime mobile service net and watch for DX as an example.

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