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Maestro display

Ken K7YRKen K7YR Member
edited January 20 in New Ideas
I know that Flex has not chosen to implement a time function display on the Maestro, however seems that the function exists in the underlying software.

Appears to be a no brainier to me. It would be a nice addition and enhance reminding to ID, respond to schedules, logging and many functions that result in normal operation.

Many places where the remote is used lack access to a clock.  Please consider implementation of this feature.  There is plenty of room at the top of the display

Ken K7YR


  • Martin AA6EMartin AA6E Member ✭✭
    edited January 20
    Maestro's computer has time of day, but as you say there is no panel display. (Unless you freeze the waterfall.  Then you can see a snapshot of the current time.)

    The time seems to have been set once at the Dell CPU's birth and then not locked to the real world afterward, unless your radio has the GPSDO option.  With GPSDO, you get high quality UTC timing.

    I imagine Flex is reluctant to commit programming resources to this function, since they'd have to provide ways to set the time, either manually, from the Internet (if available via NTP or similar), or from a local PC, if available.   Not rocket science, but lots of fussing for a low priority feature, they'd say.

    All that said, it would be an obvious addition to the user interface!  Once you have it, you could have a QSO timer, a wake-up alarm, and all that stuff you expect on a Windows tablet.

    73 Martin AA6E
  • Mike_VE3CKOMike_VE3CKO Member ✭✭
    edited April 2019
    A clock/timer has always been on my wish list. Right beside a memory knob. Set a function button to memory and deploy one of the knobs to select stored memories.
  • Bob K8RCBob K8RC Old Guy Member ✭✭
    edited January 20
    A Windows computer (like the Maestro) is actually a pretty terrible clock compared to other devices. Without regular correction from an accurate source, the multitasking operating system gets flummoxed. The harder it's working the worse it gets.

    Your cell phone is a much better source of clock time. Accurate time is one of the requirements to make the cellular network work.

    IMNSHO, program resources should be devoted to better radio performance, not making a $1200 alarm clock. 
  • Martin AA6EMartin AA6E Member ✭✭
    edited October 2017
    Windows on PCs has no problem keeping time to +/- 0.1 sec (or better) with the help of NTP. You need Internet, of course. (A REAL ham system should get time from WWV.) I agree it's low priority, but higher than selectable skins.
  • Mike_VE3CKOMike_VE3CKO Member ✭✭
    edited April 2019
    I understand why some would need GPSDO but I don't at this time. I felt an Antenna Genius was money better spent. I don't need an atomic clock as I don't care if it's a few seconds incorrect. I don't have anyone that is requiring me to be synced to NNTP servers. If I do want to get the exact time I can look at my cell phone but if I'm using my Maestro I do not want to fumble around to find a wall clock or find my cell phone. I do want to know the general time ideally displayed near the top center and shuts off when any button, dial or know is touched, then turns back on a few seconds later.

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