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Two FlexControl knobs

Ignacio EA4OR
Ignacio EA4OR Member ✭✭
edited May 2020 in New Ideas
It would be great to be able to have two FlexControl in the same smartSDR, This improvement would not be a great software development, it would only duplicate the existing one.

Thanks in advance

73 de Ignacio, EA4OR.
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  • Dave Garber
    Dave Garber Member ✭✭
    edited May 2020
    saw this in an old post ( 2 years ago)
    http://www.nn4zz.com/FLEX6700.htm#FlexControl_setup_to_use_2_knob_with_SSDR
    maybe this is how you can acheive it
  • Dwayne_AB6A
    Dwayne_AB6A Member ✭✭
    edited May 2020
    What we really need is a Maestro without the screen. Same form factor as the Maestro but half the size. USB cable that connects to a Flex. 
  • Ignacio EA4OR
    Ignacio EA4OR Member ✭✭
    edited May 2020
    Completely agree, another option would be a new FlexControl with more options and a new design.
  • Al_NN4ZZ
    Al_NN4ZZ Loganville GAMember ✭✭✭
    edited May 2020
    Here is an idea to add support to SSDR for 2 OR more flex controls from 3 years ago. Add a comment and a vote if you like it.

     https://community.flexradio.com/flexradio/topics/add-support-for-2-or-more-flexcontrols-from-within-ssdr

    Regards, Al / NN4ZZ

  • KD0RC
    KD0RC Broomfield, COMember ✭✭✭
    edited May 2020
    Funny that you should mention that.  I am building a "Mini Maestro" right now.  I am using the Arduino library from IW7DMH.  So far I have it working on V3.1.11, even though the libraries were designed with V2.1 in mind.  I currently have VFO, volume, mute and select slice coded and working.  It uses an Arduino Due with an ethernet shield.  I just plug into my network, and it works!  I did not put the screen on it, as it takes too many pins from the Arduino, limiting the number of knobs and switches it will support.
    73,
    Len, KD0RC
  • KD0RC
    KD0RC Broomfield, COMember ✭✭✭
    edited May 2020
    Not much to look at yet...
    image
  • Dwayne_AB6A
    Dwayne_AB6A Member ✭✭
    edited May 2020
    ah sweet - when i wrote my comment above, I started to think about how to build my own ;) Well done!
  • KD0RC
    KD0RC Broomfield, COMember ✭✭✭
    edited May 2020
    Thanks!  If you decide to tackle the project, the buffer size has to change from 350 (for V2.1) to 596 (for V3.1).  I just made it 600, and all is well so far.

    This is in FlexRig.h near the top.

    #define UDP_DISCOVERING_PORT 4992
    #define UDP_TX_PACKET_MAX_SIZE 600    // V3 = 596, V2 = 350
    #define UDP_VITA49_PORT 4991
    #define UDP_VITA49_PACKET_MAX_SIZE 4992  <== this looks suspicious...
    #define RESPONSE_PACKET_LIST_SIZE 25

    I took FlexSignature.ino and renamed it MiniMaestro.ino. I had to put the MAC address of my ethernet board in there, and it cranked right up.

    Len
  • WW1SS - Steve
    WW1SS - Steve Member ✭✭
    edited May 2020
    Something like the E-Coder that can be purchased for the Russian MB-1 Radio. That E-Coder was awesome when I had my MB-1
  • Al_NN4ZZ
    Al_NN4ZZ Loganville GAMember ✭✭✭
    edited May 2020
    Here is the idea for the Mega-Flex control submitted a few years ago.

    https://community.flexradio.com/flexradio/topics/maestrocontrol-the-next-generation-flexcontrol

    Regards, Al / NN4ZZ  
    al (at) nn4zz (dot) com

  • Ignacio EA4OR
    Ignacio EA4OR Member ✭✭
    edited May 2020
    Steve, yes the "E-coder" looks very good. FlexRadio has made a good visual interface with the SmartSDR software now it has to improve the FlexControl.
  • Bill -VA3WTB
    Bill -VA3WTB Member ✭✭✭
    edited May 2020
    Steve, tell them about that thingy you use that you can program to control your flex with, I'm not really up on it but I know you are.

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