With all the Maestro excitement I dusted off the Surface Pro 4 and ran SSDR remote. Works a treat as they say ... 4 panadapters, 4 waterfall displays, CWX with a keyboard, I can run all the ancillary programs I need, and check my email at the same time! Not to say I won't ultimately have a Maestro in the mix .. but it has left me wondering about CW remote with my current configuration.
What occurs on the Maestro to support CW remotely that cannot be done in some fashion on a remote PC? Is it just the lack of the hardware interface between paddle and computer? Is there a USB solution available? Local sidetone and a USB mini-paddle would be fun. Something to map contact closures to Flex keyer commands.
What am I missing? Be kind please ...
San Juan Island, Wa.
I don't see that the Maestro adds any remote CW functionality that you wouldn't have with a remote PC, assuming you can connect the paddles to the remote PC. Also, the Maestro currently does not provide anyway to do keyboard CW.
N4PY's Pegasus Plus software supports a feature similar to what you describe with the TenTec Omni VII in Ethernet remote mode. You connect a K1EL WinKeyer to the remote PC. The Pegasus Plus software captures the characters sent (the WinKeyer convers paddle input to characters) and sends those to the Omni VII. Pegasus Plus also supports (very nicely), the Flex 6000 series radios, but I don't know if it supports the WinKeyer for remote keying.
Check out this post. It is from 2 years ago but Steve said they have a plan to support a key/paddle on a remote PC/laptop/tablet. Several methods were discussed.
That committment was pre-Maesteo and while I haven't seen any retraction, there is no telling when it might get done Both options have their pros and cons. The laptop approach gives you SSDR, CW Skimmer, a logging program and othe apps all on one device. And you could also have a FlexControl knob. For a CW operator running remote this might be a preferred approach.
Regards, Al / NN4ZZ
using a key with sidetone remote is a different problem. For Maestro you have local side tone, it has a local winkeyer built in. If however you key the flex 6000 remotely (like a local install of N1MM keying via SSDR cat) you will NOT hear that sidetone through the Maestro. This is an issue that is documented and on the table for resolution if possible.
Currently the only solution I have found that reasonably creates a local remote side tone and can key a rig is a Remote Rig system. a bit bulky but mates with another unit on the remote side that keys the cw on the radio and will then produce a local sidetone on a remote pc installation of SSDR.
If the Flex radio supports this via Maestro, why not the same interface via SSDR remote and a USB paddle? If the firmware already supports this, isn't it just a matter of SSDR remote hooking to DAX or some form of connection to the USB paddle?
Is the Maestro CW (remote) integration documented somewhere?
This is not the case with SSDR. Perhaps plugging in a winkeyer into a computer running remote with SSDR is in the roadmap for WAN remote, and pehaps not.. I honestly dont know. Its also possible that the codebase they used in maestro could enable that down the road with ssdr, but again its hard to tell if they will go down that road. Maybe a set of USB paddles for SSDR?? I dont know.
For now though, there are a limited number of working solutions that provide a local side tone that keys the transceiver remotely. The one that is the best out there, that I can send 30wpm remote by ear is the remote rig system at this time. I can also do this via my Maestro.
I imagine some of these types of things that support practical remote option would be part of SSDR 2.0 WAN support. Its easy to get wrapped up in the whole direct connect without vpn thing.. but there are alot of other little nuances, such as this that need to be considered during implementation.