FlexRadio Systems Announces Upcoming Availability of SmartSDR v3.0

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I haven't been keeping up with the community like I should. I Just saw this on the Flex support site: https://www.flexradio.com/downloads/press-release-smartsdr-v3/

The date of the article is January 28, 2019. 

I see three new features announced:
1) Multiflex
2) new band settings menu/panel
3) TX/MIC Profile changes saved on the fly

There's more? $199.

I know; if it's not for me don't buy it. Or, to put a Harley twist on it, if you have to ask, you'll never understand. My feelings about v1, v2 and now maybe v3 are that v1 had tons of innovative stuff added from the early days up to the release of v2. V2 didn't seem to have much past its initial features. I pull some windows out of the main window sometimes. Now, to me, v3 doesn't really seem to add a whole lot of general stuff over v2 for a $199 price tag.

For those that know the rig well and may not be so into the remote features (doesn't work on AT&T 4G)... how might the features above be valuable? Is there anything there really exciting that would compel you to move from v1 or v2 to v3? If so, I'd like to hear about it.

For those of you still on v1, have you felt like you missed anything? People are still using v1, right?


73,
Kev K4VD
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Kevin N4TT, Elroy

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Mark - WS7M

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I will buy it just to support FRS!
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Matt - KD5FGE, Employee

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Confirmed, you can jump from v1 to v3 for a single $199 purchase.
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Joel Swapp KO6FL

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Will stop by with the loot when in Orlando next week.
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Maurice PC9T

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So i upgrade on 20-01-2019 from V1 to V2 for a amount off $ 240,00.

And if i want the new V3 it wil cost me $240,00 again?

So now i am really sad, that i didn't get a warning that there will be a new version comming soon.
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Michael Walker, Technologist

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If you bought V2 after October 1, 2018, you will not have pay for V3.   
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Maurice PC9T

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That's better news, now iám happy again :-)
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Kevin N4TT, Elroy

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Thanks for the comments. I have to discount the comments about buying it just to support Flex. I'd love to see them be successful but not on donations.

Maestro and SSDR running at the same time? Actually I might buy a Maestro and V3  just for that. Definitely a consideration. I'm also considering a 6700 purchase this spring so maybe Flex will be willing to make me a good deal (you hearing this Matt?).

To me, $200 is a lot of money and while the v2 feature of remote operations was something very compelling for many, I didn't get the "GEE WHIZ" feeling from the v3 announcement. In fact, what I see is just the next minor release of v2.

Kev
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So we have to pay $200 to get the record feature fixed that worked in 2.39 but not 2.49?
In case you missed it K4VD said, "Now, to me, v3 doesn't really seem to add a whole lot of general stuff over v2 for a $199 price tag. In fact, what I see is just the next minor release of v2 The three items mentioned are kind of meh.."

For me 3.0 is almost worthless. I am feeling 7610 K3S. 
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Manuel - W4SSB

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They will issue a new version 2 with bug fixes at the same time or shortly after version 3.
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James Whiteway

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Based on what source at FRS? There are several things that need fixing or made to work as they should in v2.x. Some have even carried over fron v1.x. And still no fix.
James
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FYI, although not yet formally announced, we have a v2.5 in the works.  This release will be a collection of a number of fixes that we've added in v3.0, rolled back into the v2.x source base.  This is not a new thing -- we did this in v1.0 as well.  I don't have timing on this release yet or even a full list of defects that are fixed, but this is an approach we continue to follow.
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Thanks Steve. I appreciate your reply.
You told me at HAMCOM last year that the ANF would be fixed in v2.49. Apparently it didn't make it. I hope this update it does.
James
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I'm hoping that version 3 can cook a nice Texas Brisket for me. I keep asking for this.... 8^)
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Bill Roberts

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When will the noise blanket be fixed?
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Tony Hateley

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Don’t hold your breath
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K5ROX

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Years and all I want is a basic squelch and a ANF that work good...... every other radio ive had for 10 years has both.
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Matt - KD5FGE, Employee

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@K5ROX. Thanks for the useful input!
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4 receivers running and all alone silent.....but 4 together isn't.


I and other have been told it would have squelch...... shouldn't the companies word be enough?


Even more so..... there is squelch for FM, why disable it for other modes?

Its there.. don't turn it off.  NoOne has to use it, why would there input even count, Its optional.
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K5ROX, this has been hashed out a lot in the past. No squelch yet, that's how it is.
But what most of us are doing is using Slice Master to take care of it. It works with SSDR as if it is part of SSDR.
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This is kind of a pet peeve of mine so sorry about what may seem like a diatribe.
NoOne has to use it, why would there input even count, Its optional.
I think that's a point some people forget. There can only be two things on a person's mind when they shoot down another's suggestion:

1) They don't want it to interfere with suggestions they already made and are waiting for. I can kind of understand this I guess.

2) They are <blank> enough to think their way is the only way and your suggestion is just silly.

Oh, there's another about them trying to protect precious Flex resources when, in fact, they have no real idea what those resources might be. Same group that buys something just to support the company I'd guess.

Let Flex take care of their own business.

Would I use squelch? Probably not. It doesn't really suite the way I operate. Would I not want you to have it because I don't want it? That would be kind of <blank> of me.

73,
Kev K4VD



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Kevin, Exactly... well put.
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Hey Flexers!

I would like to thank everyone for the amazing feedback! I know it can be frustrating that there are features that we have not been able to get to yet but I assure you we really appreciate the input we get from you. Please keep it coming.

We will always continue to improve our software! This is the great thing about a FlexRadio is that it will continue to get better.

Our small but mighty team will continue to work to advance the radio art!

Thank you for all of your support.
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Burt its been 5 years. The first request was made 5 years ago and many many times since then .. 
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WW1SS - Steve

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Everything that people are asking for is in the future. How about us hams that are not into contesting and don't need 2 operators on a radio. Even though it is nice for contesting it is not for me as I'm not a contester.

Once again . . . How about noise mitigation that works. Icom,Yaesu,Kenwood even the Flex 3000 had noise mitigation that works. It is garbage on the 6000 series. Voice recorder that works?? Instead you come out with another "first" multiFLEX and don't touch the bugs.

So now everyone can start bashing me and tell me how wrong I am.
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Steve, all of your comments and requests are completely reasonable. Please don't hesitate to share your input and desires with us. We may not be able to deliver on everything but it is important for us to receive the feedback. Thanks for your great support!
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@Burt

In my experience with product development you first build the features that will bring in the most revenue the quickest as you have to be able to make payroll,

Then you fix the easy ones so you can make a lot of people happy,

Then you do with the tough ones as they take a long time and typically do not enhance revenue that much or make that many people happy.

V3. Multi-Client has been by far the most asked for feature by the Flex Customer Base. 

I personally do not feel that Flex Users are Average but rather they are exceptional people with forward looking views of the world.

4 Months.. its software.. it always takes longer to fix than anyone ever guesses it will..

Plus it is likely that it has not been elevated by the customer base for immediate repair as they wanted a lot of other things fixed or new features added before that. 
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You receive the feedback but that is as far as it goes