Analog S-meter option in SmartSDR PLEASE !

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The only thing I miss from my conventional HF rig is the nice big analog S/RF meter. Is there any good reason why Flex doesn't include this as an option in SmartSDR ?  Same measurement sensing, just a different graphical representation.
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Hugh - VA3TO

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Tim - G7GFW / F4VQP

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If you can find a copy - there are links on here, the Woodbox Radio is a nice Analogue meter
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Hugh - VA3TO

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Does this integrate into SmartSDR or does it run standalone ?

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Hugh - VA3TO

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I searched the forums  but all I could find is an expired Dropbox link.  Could some kind soul e-mail a ZIP file with it to me please ?  radeohedca at hotmail dot com
Thanks, Hugh.
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WW1SS - Steve

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N8AUM

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me to pls  n8aum at yahoodotcom
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wei liu

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 Could some kind soul e-mail a ZIP file with it to me please ?  BD7MYM at hotmail dot com
Thanks, wei
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N8AUM

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TNX !
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Hugh - VA3TO

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Got it. Thanks guys ! 
Great look and feel for an analog S-meter. Not to look a gift horse in the mouth but it's a shame it doesn't show RF power on TX as well.

Instead of having to run it as an external add-on, I wonder why Flex doesn't integrate their own into SmartSDR ?

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This one works as well.  You can even run it on a separate computer (like all Flex apps)

http://www.denzone.com/

Mike 
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Hugh - VA3TO

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Not quite as visually appealing (yes, eye candy) as the Woodbox meter.

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N8AUM

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WOW !
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Bill -VA3WTB

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Hugh, if you close out one block on the control panel  that you don't use all the time, like EQ,,you can place your meter in it's place,,then it looks like it belongs. Or just over lay the meter there, looks good.
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Hugh - VA3TO

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That works out well. Thanks Bill !
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For us "Non-SmartSDR" PC Stand Alone users, it would be nice if Flex would give the option to select on the 6X00M and Maestro TFTs between a bar graph or Analog type meters. This should be a very simple thing. Add a menu software switch to select what meter the person wants. Yes, "EYE CANDY!"
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Bill -VA3WTB

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Put your idea in the idea selection so Flex will see it, It may have been logged already?

One problem I see is the amount of space an analog meter would take up. To be large to see. This is why in many software, bar graphs are used.
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I know on the 7610, the "analog" meters look nice, but take up about half of the screen real estate. I prefer moving needle meters, but they just use too much space.
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For a truly impressive example of a well-executed S-meter, see Simon Brown's SDR Console V3.

It simultaneously displays peak, instant and noise levels, and is configurable to display either dBm, dBuV or S-units, and can also be configured as a Signal-to-Noise meter.

Read it and weep..


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Mike, W8BE

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Flex support both dbm and s units using their digital bar.  You can always use the api to create a s meter to your liking.  I am sure Flex is not interested in your advice on Simon Brown.  Getting into a pissing contest here is a wasted exercise.  
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Mark K1LSB

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I wasn't giving "advice" on Simon Brown. I was correcting misinformation being disseminated by others.

Regardless, whatever I post here isn't posted for Flex's benefit, as I suspect that Flex sadly doesn't bother reading much of what is posted here.
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Mike, W8BE

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There was a post on here where some one told Flex to hire Simon Brown.  I don't see it now.  I thought it was you.    
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Mark K1LSB

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Not a problem (that post was by KC2QMA_John, it's several posts above).
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Bill -VA3WTB

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Correction!
Any time I make a statement that is not correct I like to correct it as not to mislead other readers in this forum.
I stated that Simon Brown had worked on the development of PSDR in the early years of apachy labs radios. It is very possible Simon had no connection with PSDR development.
I apologize for making an unsupported statement.
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Bill -VA3WTB

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That's ok I guess,,, I like this one..

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Mark K1LSB

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Bill,

You apparently completely missed the point of my post.

Is that one configurable for display in anything other than S-units? Does it have simultaneous peak and current display? Does it have noise floor readout? Is it configurable for S/N reporting?

What is it about that particular meter that you like, specifically?

I mean, "it's okay I guess".

Don't bother answering my questions, they were instigatory. I'll see myself out..
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I'm working on an analog meter project, using an ESP32 microcontroller to connect to the flex, subscribe to metering data, and use it to drive an analog 3.3 volt meter.  I got it working, but for some reason it stops reading the metering date after a couple minutes.  The Arduino code is NOT pretty, though.  I got my programming license in a KrackerJack box!  Here is a quick video I made and just threw up on youtube.

Jason NR0X


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Bill -VA3WTB

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Look like a fun project, the K4 group would be interested in this as well, many are not happy with the S meter bar graph as well...  already.
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Jason NR0X

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Got a K4 I can borrow?    hihi!