Does anyone with a Flex in a clubhouse/contest station environment have an OPERATIONS checklist or quick reference?
This would have the basics of powering up and how to type items. A reference to the full documentation would be helpful.
I don't have your answer, but it I want to say a few things as an old fart. To be honest, I would just have club members try something. They can't break it. Seriously. And, by pushing buttons, you learn things. If you have questions about a certain function, just look it up in the manual. The flex is pretty bullet proof.
Yes, you'll need checklists for the right antenna, right band and ensuring that members honor their license. That is just good operating.
I 'feel' that this is a lost art. People don't 'try things' as they are either afraid of failure or have been conditioned otherwise.
Sorry, I'm not picking on you at all. :) It is just something I've noticed as someone who is always trying to hire young technical talent and it is getting harder to do.
Now that being said, I'm not certain of the worth of a list that I have made to someone else's setups. My checklists are based on my generators, networks, power supplies and radios, not anything else.
As well - it's going to take a little while for people to absorb what they need to learn in order to operate effectively. For actually operating the radio, the only way I know that works well is sitting with the noob and answering questions and explaining.
I'm sure nearly everyone on this forum goes out to the internet and reads posts from other folks detailing how they got some piece of software to talk to their Flex.
Documentation and guides are priceless, especially if your in the middle of field day and don't have access to the internet....
SDRgadgets is intended to be a collection of useful, correct documentation. Once you've created or found your checklist, why not park a backup copy of it, in our wiki. We don't have a lot of content yet because nobody seems interested in taking the time required to add any. They have time to copy/paste or type it here in the Community, sometimes more than once, but copy\pasting or typing a link to it on SDRgadgets, in their Community posts might save a few keystrokes and mouse clicks.
If more of us used SDRgadgets it would have more content, maybe even the checklist your trying to find.
73, Jay - NO5J
Let's see - One reply: We need one, Another: We don't need one
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Push buttons and learn
But nobody has a brief document as a fast guide.
I have read and pushed buttons on SmartSDR for 3 years and the Maestro for 3 months so feel quite comfortable with them. Now take someone that hasn't seen a SDR (and even now the rig is racked away from view so it isn't even seen) and turn them loose - Seen the learning curve?
Just thinking someone else may have a head-start for things (one sample of hundreds of possible items: How do you change bands other than using N1MM? Before the list of replies, I know that; but from the SmartSDR or from Maestro it takes a first step, then the menu is available.