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I have a Flex6600M and SmartSDR

When I start the rig if I touch 'RUN' on the rigs screen, Iget a normal operating screen on the rig, and a display on SmartSDR on the computer, but the rig won't take control from the computer. If I touch connct to SDR then the rigs screen goes blank and I can control the frequency etc with the mouse and the computer is this right. Now when I use the rig in run mode, and tune a different frequency on the computer, I get mixed audio out of the rig speaker from both frequencies, It has confused the **** out of me, anyone help?

Best Answer

  • KD0RC
    KD0RC Member, Super Elmer Moderator
    Answer ✓

    Hi Chris, in Flex terms, the front panel is a station (also called a GUI client). SmartSDR is also a station (GUI Client).

    When both stations are connected to the radio, each can have one or more slices (receivers) open. The open slices on the front panel are not the same ones as the ones open in Smart SDR.

    The exception to this is when you put the front panel into SmartControl mode. Then the front panel and SmartSDR are in sync. The slices shown on the front panel (although with no panadapter) will track the same slices shown on SmartSDR. You get panadapter and rig control using SmartSDR at the same time as rig control from the front panel controls.

    The reason for each station connection acting independently is so that two people can control their own slices from their own stations (GUI Clients). This is particularly important to multi-operator contesters.

    For us mere mortals who use the radio by ourselves, SmartControl is a great way to operate. You get the advantage of the larger screen from SmartSDR along with advantage of the knobs and buttons from the front panel. The only thing that you give up is the panadapter display on the front panel.

    Did all that make sense?


  • Thanks for the advise. I suppose a 500 page operations manual would have told me, if one existed.
  • Craig_KØCF
    Craig_KØCF Member ✭✭✭

    The manual certainly does exist: the "Flex 6400M / 6600M User Guide", available for download from the FlexRadio web site. It is 206 pages. To find it, at the top of the site, click "Support", then "Documentation". There are many, many manuals, release notes, etc. available for free download.

    73, Craig KØCF

  • Neil D Friedman N3DF
    Neil D Friedman N3DF Member ✭✭✭
    edited September 2021

    Of course, there is no need for SmartSDR, SmartControl or a computer to enjoy a large screen on the 6400M/6600M. Just plug a large monitor into the radio’s hdmi slot.