My own frustration with SSDR is contest workflow... having to move the mouse
to adjust the radio which results in losing mouse focus on the contest logging software ... It really slows down the workflow and more seriously results in errors if you lose eye hand synch (which I am prone to do)
I must say that Contest Workflow is helped a lot with the FlexControl Knob and the K6TU Flex Ipad App
and DDUTIL. But even those useful tools, while still keeping focus on the contesting software, still take your fingers off the keyboard onto the mouse or iPad or FlexControl and back...
The real solution is to integrate SSDR into a contest logging program...so that virtually everything you need to do in a contest can be done without taking your fingers off the keyboard.
Until something like that is developed, I see that Flex will continue to be an also ran in the contest world...
Another gadget is the Logitec 705 mouse. The wheel is weighted. You can flip and spin the thing and it coast like the knob on a big rig. If you don't like that, push a button and it becomes a normal mouse with drag.
You can enable a mouse mode in Windows 7 or Vista where just hovering over a window with the mouse will switch to that window. In the old days, this used to be called the XWindows mode, and was enabled through TweakUI, but now it’s built right into Control Panel for everybody to use.
To turn this setting on, just type “mouse works” into the search box in the Control Panel, and you should see an item called “Change how your mouse works”.
In this screen, scroll down and find the checkbox for “Activate a window by hovering over it with the mouse”.No need for external programs..
BUT it still does not solve the issue of lifting your hand off the keyboard for contesting
For field day I did use a logging computer connected to the 6500 pulling frequency and mode info only and it worked nicely because the mouse didnt effect the logging PC. It does however take more desk space but works
I agree the flex control is a must for this to work well
The FlexPad picture shows jacks for a paddle, phones and mic in the add on hardware.
Regards, Al / NN4ZZ
al (at) nn4zz (dot) com