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Planning incorporating the Game Changer technologies of the Flex-6000, Maestro and SmartSDR
It is really interesting what the Flex-6000, Maestro and LAN (and eventually WAN) versions of SmartSDR do to allow for significant differences in station design.
As I've mentioned I've been putting together the design and gear for a second summer home QTH that happens to be out on an Island.
Initially the concept was to put a heated ham shack space in the end of the new garage/workshop project. Several generations of drawings and three sets of proper architectural renderings & plans (part of the packet eventually to pull the permit and for the builders).
The Maestro led to a rethink where the main operating point could be separate from the radio room, and the result was thoughts moved to the idea of to place all the radios in the main house's lower level utility room (a room basically blasted out of bedrock and concrete lined) and my where the Maestro & Laptop set operating point to a desk in the main living space. The lower area would get the non-Flex gear and might be where I would contest from.
That seemed a decent idea and drawings showing the numerous feedlines, other wiring to a multi-antenna layout were completed.
Enter the potential to seamlessly use the 4O3A Antenna Genius for 8x2 remote switching and the 4O3A Station Genius to automate a couple loose ends and there suddenly is no reason to bring all the feedlines to the main house - rather a star configuration for HF TX/RX antennas to a Shed - a true "Ham Shack" - would reduce the feedlines to two HF, one VHF and a special 72 Ohm set of lines for the Reversible Beverage On Ground RX-only Antennas.
Potential is there to further move the Flex-6000 itself and the Amp (though this would be simpler once the 4O3A Flex-Ready Amplifier launches) also to the Heated Shed, basically tethering back to operating desk by internet (Cat6e or Wireless)!
Certainly if we build a larger retirement home on the property the infrastructure increases, switching gear needed and all the headaches could be simply putting in a solid internet link between the retirement home and existing summer house and/or Ham Shack Shed. The anticipated distance will be 1200-1600 feet, so internet can replace expensive ultra-low loss feedlines.
Very attractive compared to trenching into rock to lay heavy duty conduit for hundreds of feet.
It is simply boggling the differences in designs that are now possible, and the increases the next couple hardware and software launches will bring.
On another area the potential improvements in ergonomics may be huge. I have one of those treadmill/desktop "walking desks" that I enjoy, but never got any radio time when at it. That can change! The contesters several ducks in a row counter with shelf above might metamorphose into a different configuration.
Truly a series of Game Changers!
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