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Keyboard Commands

Richard, N7HX
Richard, N7HX Member
edited June 2020 in New Ideas
I did not see anything in the roadmap about keyboard commands like there is in PowerSDR. What is status?
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  • Tim - W4TME
    Tim - W4TME Administrator, FlexRadio Employee admin
    edited March 2017
    Richard, That feature is not on the Road Map, but is one we are considering. I have converted you question into an Idea topic for further discussion on how you would like to have keyboard commands implemented for an 8 receiver (slice) FLEX-6700? There are only a finite number of key press sequences so we would like some ideas on how to address this new dynamic.
  • Richard, N7HX
    Richard, N7HX Member
    edited August 2013
    Tim, I myself, was VERY surprised to hear that keyboard commands were not on the Road Map. I remember you mentioning in a previous email that SmartSDR would include what was available in PowerSDR AND MORE. While I have not owned a Flex radio before the 6500, I did install the PowerSDR demo and found using the keyboard to adjust volume, change frequency, etc. very convenient. I liked the way you could change frequency in different steps by using different keyboard keys, and changing volume using the plus and minus keys is a whole lot easier than putting your hand on the mouse, moving the cursor up to the volume slider, and dragging the volume up and down. I feel having keyboard commands is important, just like having persistence. I see you moved persistence up the list and I would hope that keyboard commands would be moved up also. I'm glad to see that you are considering keyboard commands, but again, I wonder why it was not included in the Road Map since it was such an integral part of PowerSDR. And from what I have seen in the PowerSDR demo, having similar commands in SmartSDR would be a great start.
  • Ken - NM9P
    Ken - NM9P Member ✭✭
    edited June 2020
    I have a 1500 and turned MOST of my keyboard shortcuts off, as well as keyboard fast frequency entry for exactly that issue. I wound up calling a station in a contest on an out of band frequency because I entered a w7 call and accidently called him on SSB on 7.000 Mhz.! But I have left a few of my favorites enabled. The ability to map the keyboard shortcuts myself has been very handy and would be desirable in a future release of SmartSDR. For me it is a lower priority request, after some of the major performance improvements. Persistence, Adjustable TX bandwidth and storable EQ profiles, AM Transmit, NB, NF, TNF, pan-fall, CW Keydown on virtual serial port, all come first to me. But it is getting to be fun!
  • Richard, N7HX
    Richard, N7HX Member
    edited August 2013
    Having the option to turn the keyboard shortcuts off or on would give each operator the choice he wants. But if I was limited to just one keyboard command to be part of the Road Map, I would vote to have control over the audio volume as I find dragging the volume slider with the mouse to be a pain. And I agree with Ken, there are a number of other features that need to be addressed ASAP.

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