I am not able to upgrade anyway, being a pensioner and would love to see the powersdr software improved to its full potential.
- The PowerSDR code *is* open source. I found Flex very responsive to my request for the latest version. The code looks to me like it's all there. I built it and it builds and runs without any warnings or errors. I'm not aware of anything missing.
- The code is written in C# .Net, using Visual Studio 2008.
- The code is surprisingly clean, given it's age. Having said that, it also looks like code that's gone through a lot of editing and revision over the years. It's not something I would personally be thrilled to maintain.
I have a foot in both camps. My 1500 is an early one and should function for years to come.
PowerSDR is much more mature than SmartSDR, but features like the new speech processor would be great in PSDR. There are things in PSDR such as NB and NR and TNF and ANF that seem to work better than in SSDR. I still use PSDR and the 1500 for portable with a tablet PC, for digital modes and as an exciter for 475kHz and 137kHz,
There is a limit to how much time and money Flex can spend on a product I paid for long ago. On the other hand with legacy radios there is no promise of firmware upgrades, at least Kenwood does actually supply them.
Nix from Icom and Yaesu for me. I still have their nearly 20yo radios.
Although its a working unit, I dont believe its completely finished to a standard as a non sdr radio would be. There are still things to be done to complete the software package and that will be that. The loose ends need to be tied up.
If they did update PSDR they should charge for it. That way all Flex users and everyone eles can buy it if they want it. But been as it is open source they likely can't charge for it.
Yes, we have recently ceased production on the FLEX-3000. The FLEX-3000 has been an excellent radio since 2008 and this was a difficult decision for FlexRadio to make. The simple answer to "why?" is that with the introduction of the FLEX-6000 Series and specifically the FLEX-6300, the sales on the FLEX-3000 have dropped off to where it's just not a financially viable product for FlexRadio any longer. The new FLEX-6300 is in the same basic price category as the FLEX-3000 plus offers next generation DIRECT SAMPLING SDR technology, amazing dual slice (band or frequency) receiver performance, and simple Ethernet connectivity allowing for future remote radio operation from anywhere. Additionally, our new SmartSDR software platform has features the FLEX-3000 won't ever be able to support. The FLEX-3000 is still very much an active radio and we will be supporting the rig for many years to come.
Exactly, Mr. Buchanan.
Let me first state that I have a 1500. I used it as my primary radio for a few years. It works well. I like it.
Because the radio works well, I don't have any expectations that Flex will introduce new features for this radio. I mean... think about it: Why would they? If I owned Flex (and I do own a small software company, so I think I understand such business processes) I wouldn't distract my staff from completing the functionality promised for the new products, unless there was a serious bug in the older product that required attention. (Hmmm... thinking about it... that's exactly what my own company is currently doing, in fact.)
In the field of amateur radio, this is not only fair, it should be expected. Gentlemen, I ask you: When's the last time you got an update for your TS-2000? Eh? It's still sold, it's still supported, it's still a pretty good radio (for US$1400). But I don't expect Kenwood to update this radio with new firmware or features. Oh, they did a few times in the years following its initial release... but NOW? The radio works. If something proves to be broken, I'm sure they'll fix it. But new features, to a product that's working? Why would they do that?