How about adding a native feature into SmartSDR where the operator could start this "NCDXF Monitor" mode when not in the shack and upon return to the shack, charts or graphs would be available to clearly plot the received signal levels verses time for the bands selected to monitor.
Now the operator would have real time NCDXF monitor history to know what bands are open to what areas of the world at their own home QTH.
Having the NCDXF monitor function available in SmartSDR to "switch ON" with a mouse click when not in the shack would be an easy and unique feature to have available.
The 6700 could run this NCDXF monitor mode continuously in the second receiver section.
The key here are display charts or graphs with signal level received per band verses time in GMT to see clearly what was heard.
An omni vertical antenna would be the preferred receive antenna to use for this monitor mode of course.
Yes, there is a 3rd party program called Faros to do this through a sound card/cat interface.
Flex could do this much better and more conveniently as a built-in native function in SmartSDR with preset filters and other internal receive optimizations.
While I have not tried to do it yet, I would think it would be incredibly easy to interface FAROS to DAX and SMARTCAT. Frankly I am sure someone has already tried this...
The immediate benefit would be that you would have your beacons now and Flex would not have to waste time and effort programming something that already exists..
I can see the contest op's loving this real time received propagation data to know when to concentrate on a particular part of the world, and what band to use, during a contest.
This is clearly a 3rd Party Application rather than a function that needs to consume Flex's limited programming resources.
There are already excellent tools available in the Flexlib API to accomplish most of this.. it just takes a motivated programmer with a HECK of a lot of time on his hands to program it...
Rick - I have used FAROS with my former rig a K3, but now trying to get working with my 6600. Have it set up with DAX Audio and Omni Rig as you say. Faros has CAT control of rig and all indications in Faros are that the program is functioning properly. But when I clearly hear a beacon and see it in the SSDR panadapter- Faros is not recording it as a signal heard. Any ideas on what might be causing this?
I too had problems with it until I used the sound out from my 6300 into the line in for the computer. I found I could not get Faros to work with DAX.
I used the audio out from the Flex that drives the powered speakers. I just put Y connector in the line and took one branch to the audio in of the PC. You then select that audio input in Faros, as I recall.
I took this information and connected a cable from my headphone jack on the Flex and connected the other line into the soundcard...made the necessary selection in FAROS and I have it working...Give it a try...