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Maestro C

Neil D Friedman N3DF
Neil D Friedman N3DF Member ✭✭✭✭

Maestro Cs now expected to ship in mid-February. Still waiting by the front door for mine.

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  • Russ Ravella
    Russ Ravella Member ✭✭

    Hi Neil,

    Where did you hear that ? The last thing I saw from Flex said it had slipped from 1/15 to the end of the month.

    Russ KR6W

  • Neil D Friedman N3DF
    Neil D Friedman N3DF Member ✭✭✭✭

    Russ,

    Found new date on main Flex website.

  • Russ Ravella
    Russ Ravella Member ✭✭

    Yeah, I see it now - thanks. The 1/15 date I mentioned was in a notification to the "FlexRadio Maestro Group" on 1/12. They've been doing a good job of notifying us when the date changes so my guess is they just haven't gotten the updated notice out yet.

    I for one hope they do whatever they need to do to get it right before shipping. I'd hate to feel like I **** up by not waiting until a later build to get "a good one".

  • Neil D Friedman N3DF
    Neil D Friedman N3DF Member ✭✭✭✭

    Russ,

    I hear you, but I’ve been waiting one year plus. I want mine now.

  • KEITH.N3SVB
    KEITH.N3SVB Member
    I have been waiting 3years and 3months
  • K1UO Larry
    K1UO Larry Member ✭✭✭

    I was only 3 days old when I ordered mine🤣.... 75 years ago......

  • Neil D Friedman N3DF
    Neil D Friedman N3DF Member ✭✭✭✭

    I ordered mine directly from Moses.

  • DL4RCE
    DL4RCE Member ✭✭✭

    In Germany we now have 03.15. as first availability date.

  • Mike-VA3MW
    Mike-VA3MW Administrator, FlexRadio Employee, Community Manager, Super Elmer, Moderator admin

    The EU is a bit of a different challenge with all the testing that has to happen. Much more strict that the US.

    You would not believe the cost to do testing for emissions on electronic devices.

  • Neil D Friedman N3DF
    Neil D Friedman N3DF Member ✭✭✭✭

    Got an email from Flex re Maestro: they greatly appreciate my patience and understanding.

  • K1UO Larry
    K1UO Larry Member ✭✭✭

    Yup... me too... nothing like a little AI to calm one down. I , for one, appreciate the Monthly emails telling me how patient and understanding I am 😁

  • Mike-VA3MW
    Mike-VA3MW Administrator, FlexRadio Employee, Community Manager, Super Elmer, Moderator admin

    AI? I wrote that.

  • WX7Y
    WX7Y Member ✭✭✭

    Hello to the group, trying to prepare for the Maestro C when they finely ship I want to be prepared.

    I have three Questions about the Maestro C.

    Does the Maestro C come with a Hand MIC?

    Has there been ANY information released yet for the MIC jack configuration?

    Is it the same as the Flex 6400M?

    73

    Bret

    WX7Y

  • Neil D Friedman N3DF
    Neil D Friedman N3DF Member ✭✭✭✭
    1. No.
    2. 1/8 inch TRS.
    3. Same as the pseudo-balanced mic connector on the 6600M, so I am guessing that applies to the 6400M.
  • Trucker
    Trucker Member ✭✭✭

    The TRS connector on the Flex 6600M is a balanced connector.

    James

    WD5GWY

  • Neil D Friedman N3DF
    Neil D Friedman N3DF Member ✭✭✭✭

    Per Sec 7.4.18 of the 6400M/6600M user guide, the MIC connector accepts a 1/8 inch TRS plug and is a pseudo-balanced microphone input. Per Sec 7.3.4, the balanced input connector on the 6600M is a 1/4 inch TRS. Since the Maestro C has a 1/8 inch connector, it is the same as the radio’s pseudo-balanced connector.

  • WX7Y
    WX7Y Member ✭✭✭
    edited February 3

    If only it was that easy.

    Well I found out by closely reading the Specs that the MIC Jack is NOT a 1/8" TRS like the 6400M or 6600M but a 1/8" TRRS Headset Phone wiring. It is a Balanced MIC connection and looking on the WEB there are Two different MIC wiring for the TRRS connector headsets. Tip is RX Left audio, Ring 1 is RX Right audio.

    Now my question, is (Ring 2) the Ground or MIC-- and MIC+ is the (Sleeve) OR (Ring 2) the MIC + and (Sleeve) Ground or MIC --???

    Kind of Strange having the MIC + on the sleeve but that is what I have found so far.

    It would sure be nice if FLEX would chime in here so I can make sure this is correct.



  • K1UO Larry
    K1UO Larry Member ✭✭✭

    The Radiosport RS55SL headset works with the Flex and its wired with the proper TRRS plug..

  • WX7Y
    WX7Y Member ✭✭✭
    edited February 4

    Thanks Larry I forgot that I have a RS55SL that works on my IPAD so that tells me which wiring scheme on the TRRS to use for my RJ-45 Adapter from my old Maestro A MH31 Hand MIC and Heil Mini Mobile MIC so If and when the MAESTRO C's ever ship I should be ready to go and cross my fingers I have it wired correctly.

    Now I'm wondering if there are Front Panel Speakers, the lack of Full Specs and a Manual yet is a bit strange at this point of the game.

    All the Manuals and Brochures are for the Maestro A and B but NOTHING for the C other then the paragraph or two

    Thanks again

    Bret/WX7Y

  • Mike-VA3MW
    Mike-VA3MW Administrator, FlexRadio Employee, Community Manager, Super Elmer, Moderator admin

    The Mic connector is a 1/8" TRRS CTIA wiring.

    This shows the difference. The good news is that CTIA is the most common today.


    The PTT is a 1/8" TS (mono). You can use a 1/8" TRS, but you don't need to wire anything to the R.

  • frc2302
    frc2302 Member ✭✭

    There was a good discussion about both Maestro progress and CTIA vis OMTP on the last Ham Radio Workbench (thanks, Mike!). The most important thing I learned is that CTIA is what virtually every videoconferencing headset uses these days - very common. (See what I did there?)

    The location of the mic contact vs ground has to do with where the contacts usually are for 3-conductor stereo plugs, so CTIA has better compatibility with audio-only jacks - or that is my understanding.

  • WX7Y
    WX7Y Member ✭✭✭

    thanks Mike for confirming what I found

    Hope we get to see the Maestro's soon

    73

    Bret

    WX7Y

  • Neil D Friedman N3DF
    Neil D Friedman N3DF Member ✭✭✭✭

    22 February!!! Another 11 days???

  • Russ Ravella
    Russ Ravella Member ✭✭

    Ok, but in all fairness I don't think Flex ever actually said 2/15 right ? Didn't they say "middle of February" ? And isn't 2/22 still pretty nearly "middle of February" ? But I get your point. It's been a very long wait. I've got a "B" model (upgrading to a "C") and it IS pretty great. Painful as it's been I'll bet you'll think it was worth it once you finally get it. I hope so anyway ...

    73 Russ KR6W

  • frc2302
    frc2302 Member ✭✭

    Where did that info come from? Are some folks getting notices? That would be great news ...

  • Andrew O'Brien
    Andrew O'Brien Member ✭✭✭

    Any idea how far down a wait list us latecomers are , those placing orders early Feb ? When they say they expect to ship Feb 22nd , is that 2 units, 20, 50 ?

    Andy K3UK

  • Neil D Friedman N3DF
    Neil D Friedman N3DF Member ✭✭✭✭

    I have waited 1.5 years. So should everyone else.

  • Dewey WØYWW
    Dewey WØYWW Member ✭✭

    Was told at Orlando Hamcation that pending any unexpected issues, they hope to have the entire backlog delivered by mid-April

  • Russ Ravella
    Russ Ravella Member ✭✭

    Hi frc2302,

    Flex sent an advertisement email out this morning for "Hamcation Specials". They sort of sunk the news in by starting with this:


    The Orlando Hamcation specials continue through Tuesday, February 13th.  

    For those eagerly anticipating the arrival of our new Maestro C, complete with its Optional 10-hour battery operation, we're thrilled to share that we're on track to begin dispatching orders around February 22nd to customers who've pre-ordered.

    Rest assured, if you're among those awaiting this exciting addition, we'll be in touch directly to ensure everything is set for your order before it ships out.  Please wait for us to contact you.

    You can learn more at our Maestro C FAQ. 


    73 Russ KR6W

  • frc2302
    frc2302 Member ✭✭

    Whoops, that's what I get for ignoring spam. 😀 Thanks for the nudge.

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