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SmartSDR v3.2.31 is Now Available

Tim - W4TME
Tim - W4TME Administrator, FlexRadio Employee admin
edited March 30 in Message Board

FlexRadio Systems announces the immediate availability of SmartSDR v3.2.31.

Please Install SmartSDR v3.2.31 at your earliest convenience. This SmartSDR software release greatly improves the stability and reliability of your FLEX-6000 software defined radio. Once SmartSDR v3.2.31 is installed, FlexRadio strongly recommends not reverting to any previous versions of SmartSDR v3 to ensure the optimal user experience.

SmartSDR 3.2.31 can be downloaded from the FlexRadio Systems website. SmartSDR v3.2.31 is a general release containing software bug fixes and minor enhancements for version 3 of SmartSDR for Windows, SmartSDR for Maestro, SmartSDR for M models, SmartSDR CAT, and DAX.

Please download and review the SmartSDR v3.2.31 Release Notes included with the release package before installing SmartSDR v3.2.31 on your FLEX-6000.

CAUTION: This release of SmartSDR will result in two firmware update processes occurring on the FLEX-6000. The radio’s LED indicator will turn purple twice and the radio will reboot after each firmware update. Due to a software change that is specific for M model radios, the firmware upgrade may hang after the 2nd time the power button LED turns purple which will require resetting the radio as described in the Best Practices for Installing a New Version of SmartSDR for Windows section in the Release Notes. 

CAUTION: If you are updating a remote radio using a VPN, having the ability to turn off and on the DC power supply and being able to reboot the radio using the REM ON connector should be a prerequisite before upgrading the FLEX-6000.

NOTE: This version of SmartSDR contains an updated FlexVSP driver. The installation software will automatically remove the previous FlexVSP driver and install the new one. Please reboot your PC when prompted at the end of the SmartSDR v3.2.31 installation process to ensure the FlexVSP driver is installed correctly.

The new FlexVSP driver is not backward compatible with previous versions of SmartSDR CAT. An unhandled exception error will occur when using previous versions of SmartSDR with the new FlexVSP driver.


Release Highlights for SmartSDR v3.2.31

Improved Internal Latency Performance and Reliability: SmartSDR v3.2.31 incorporates many new internal improvements that enhance latency performance and reliability. These changes result in lower RX->TX-RX transition times, improves firmware stability, provide for greater reliability, and resolve several CW timing issues. (#J8092)

Updated FlexVSP Driver: This version of SmartSDR for Windows contains an updated FlexVSP driver (v5.8.1) that is used with SmartSDR CAT to create virtual serial ports. The new FlexVSP driver is less susceptible to driver corruption related to Windows 10 updates and has greater stability and performance characteristics. (#J8956)

Multiple ATU Fixes: The ATU issues introduced in a previous version of SmartSDR v3 have been fixed. These include greatly improved tuning consistency and ATU memories are now properly restored when the memory feature is turned off and back on. (#J7956, #J7732)

New Panadapter Zoom Feature: The ability to zoom in and zoom out the panadapter display using the mouse wheel has been added to SmartSDR for Windows by pressing the <CTRL> key while adjusting the mouse scroll wheel. (#J8048)

USB Bit Cable Setting using Slice as the Source Fixed: The defect where selecting Slice as the source for a bit cable control line (pin) has been fixed. (#J7624)

New and Updated TURF Files: SmartSDR v3.2.31 contains a new TURF file for operators in Spain who are members of Protección Civil en España (REMER), expanded bands for Japan, and added a new TURF for Austria that include the newly allocated 60m band. (#J8300, #J8003, #J88286)

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Be sure to check out these helpful videos before getting started:

How to install SmartSDR v3: https://youtu.be/zO90kVkIYM8

For information on compatible third-party applications, visit our Works with FLEX web page (https://www.flexradio.com/works-with-flex/).

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The SmartSDR v3.2.31 Changelog:

#J8092 Improved RX to TX transition time and other internal optimizations and stability improvements

#J7956 FlexVSP: Updated driver to version 5.8.1 to address Windows Update issues, improve performance and stability.

#J7956 ATU: Improved tuning consistency (defect introduced in v3.0)

#J7732 ATU: Turning MEM on and off now properly restores the previous memory the previous memory

#J7624 USB Cables: Fixed Bit Cable functionality when using the Slice as the source

#J8180 API: Added Raw IQ data slice mode available via the radio API

#J7877 API: Added Panadapter reference to SpotTriggered event (idea from W3II)

#J8168 TX Band Settings: Fixed loss of entered data if using the Tab key

#J7332 Added TX band and antenna info for the station data in the multiFLEX dashboard

#J8104 Fixed multiFLEX dashboard showing repeated clients on restart

#J7526 Added multiFLEX indicator (when in use) for better visibility

#J8048 SmartSDR-Win: Added CTRL + mouse wheel scroll to zoom in and out of the panadapter

#J8024 Improved Advanced Network appearance when the radio is disconnected

#J8286 Added Austria TURF region definition

#J8300 Added Spain+ TURF region defiantion that adds frequencies for Protección Civil en España (REMER)

#J8003 Updated Japan TURF region definition for new frequency allocations

#J7740 Fixed defect where VOX is no longer active in CW mode

#J8222 Fixed rare DAX/CAT crash

#J5356 SmartSDR-Win: Handle open Windows consistently on radio disconnect

#J8170 SmartSDR-Win: Fixed issue with AutoConnect throwing an unhandled exception

#J7458 Fixed an issue where the TUNE button no longer stays lit after removing TX Slice

#J7767 SmartControl: RF Gain setting now functional

#J7537 Disable SmartLink Login button when there is no internet connection

#J7981 Disable context menu in the SmartLink login screen

#J8282 SmartLink: Fixed problem when reconnecting to the radio after selecting Choose Radio menu option

#J8077 Fixed an issue where the S-Meter was acting incorrectly with strong input levels

#J8199 Fixed spike in the S-meter when changing bands

#J7992 Fix rare crash (UHE) on shutdown (thanks to W3II)

#J7655 Fixed crash (UHE) when setting up a USB Cable

#J7702 Fixed crash (UHE) while using FlexSATPC

#J8036 Fixed crash (UHE) when closing CWX or TX popped out windows via Alt+F4 or the Taskbar

#J7790 Fixed Memory form frequency rounding error with transverter bands

#J4900 Improved SmartLink Log In design for better visibility in Maestro and M models

#J8068 Maestro/M: Improved SmartLink Login window size/appearance

#J8197 Maestro/M: Fixed SmartLink Port Forward entry area being obscured

#J8039 Advanced Networking visibility addressed for all radio models + Maestro

#J8061 Maestro: Added Front Panel MAC and IP address to Information Screen

#J8103 Maestro/M: Implemented double-tap for profile selection

#J8008 Maestro/M: Added controls for Enabling/Disabling the Auto Connect feature

#J7511 Maestro/M: Added buttons to sliders for fine-grained control

#J8035 Maestro/M: Double tapping on a specific Memory Entry will now load the memory 

#J8002 Maestro/M: Slice Menu now stays open on band change

#J2733 Maestro/M: Handle Mode display list dynamically for better waveform support

#J8101 Maestro/M: Partial manual frequency entry is now cleared when closing the Slice menu

#J3199 Maestro/M: Version Selection menu is now sorted correctly by version

#J8162 Maestro: Fixed allowing a 2nd Panadapter to open with no available radio resources

#J8316 Maestro: Fixed Auto Connect failures if another station is connected

#J8022 Maestro: Fixed crash (UHE) related to audio input selection

#J8193 Maestro: Fixed issue where a Slice would not reopen

#J8150 Maestro: Fixed an issue with display flashing while changing bands

#J8043 Maestro: Improved messaging on the Version Select Screen for clarity

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