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Return CW Sidetone to remote user using SmartCAT and SmartDAX

When remote and using a logging program to send CW, I do not receive any audio feedback or sidetone. This feedback is essential to know when sending is occurring that it is sending properly, an when it has stopped. I do not need it to be "real time" to allow paddle or bug sending. But as a remote operator I need some feedback of the CW sending to operate properly.  I submitted this as a bug report#40651 and was informed "The radio software is operating as currently designed.  ... your support request is technically a product enhancement or change request." OK, l request a enhancement or change, please.

Mark Aaker K6UFO

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  • Lou KI5FTYLou KI5FTY Member ✭✭

    short term workaround would be to use a winkeyer with sidetone...

  • Hi Lou, I think you are suggesting adding a winkeyer with sidetone at my operator location?

    That would not help me as a remote operator to know when the remote transmitter is sending, sending properly, and has completed sending. That information needs to come from the transmitter over the remote connection to the operator.  E.g, the logging program may be keying the winkeyer, but the transmitter could be OFF, and I wouldn't know unless I get a returned signal from the transmitter.

    Thanks, Mark K6UFO 

  • Tom OK1DWQTom OK1DWQ Member ✭✭
    Please to vote, maybe somebody from flex will accept to do it... if interest of it most peoples only
  • Asher - K0AUAsher - K0AU Member ✭✭

    It may "work as designed" but it's still a really bad conceptual bug. My LAN remote workaround is a pair of RemoteRig boxes to carry CW sidetone audio back. I suspect Flex needs to rewrite the Windows audio driver stack to reduce computer latency - which is a different issue. I have 1ms of network latency between the radio and my operating position.

    I also wish they would support audio and keying paths from a Maestro when it's used as a control surface. Inexplicable design decision not to.

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