Followup questions: Using N1MM+, Maestro, and 6x00

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An optimum contesting arrangement is using N1MM+ for recorded messages (CW or Phone), a Maestro/Keyboard/Mouse/Paddle at the operating station with the radio server (6x00) away from the operating station (racked in shack, remote at antenna location, or soon distantly remoted).

These messages can not be monitored unless the headphones are plugged into the 6x00; that is the Maestro only monitors signals that originate at the Maestro.

Flex community, especially Chris:  How may I monitor all transmissions (separate question and record) from a Maestro connected headset?  And: Is there a FRS solution being considered? 
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Stan - VA7NF

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Chris Tate - N6WM, Elmer

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Hello Stan.  Great questions.  At this time, remote monitor from any flex client, be it Maestro/SSDR et al. is not a feature that has been implemented. I agree that this is a highly desired contesting feature and the FRS team is keenly aware of the need. It is feature request/Defect #3993 in their system and my contest feature tracking list.

In order to solve these issues and as the flex programming team works through their list of tasks, the only solution I have found practical and out of the box is to use a 3rd party bridge, such as the remote rig 1258MkII connected to the transceiver. doing this essentially gives you the same experience as if you were connected directly to the 6x00 device.  This also provides a better remote CW experience using their time tested keying mechanism.

As work progresses on the 2.0 versions of SSDR/Maestro, I am hopeful this will be one of the items the team will be able to implement but I cannot give a time frame for such a feature and I have not seen any code released in alpha currently. In the meantime, there are solutions out there, ones we have been using with other platforms successfully for years and are well tested and respected but do bring additional complexity and expense into the formula.

The team is doing some amazing work, and I am sure they will present a flex based solution to this in the future.
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Thanks, Chris. I was just asking out of curiosity as a prospective Flex 6600 owner, not because I currently have any issues that need to be addressed. I have been reading the Community pages, the wiki, manuals etc to get ready for when the radio ships with the plan to know not only how to do what I currently do with my ICom 7100 but to be able to change my operation practices and station setup to take advantage of the SDR architecture.
Being new to contesting and ham radio in general (first licensed in 2015), I was curious to see what issues and features people find useful.
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Chris Tate - N6WM, Elmer

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Sounds Great Milen.  We did lots of work on integration with popular contest loggers, cw integration, latency and lots of other issues.  I am also anxiously waiting for a 6600M.  I do believe the 6600 series will be an extremely popular rig for the contesting community!  I look forward to welcoming you aboard the flex family when you take the plunge!
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Per page 80 of 183 of Maestro User manual, it mentioned headphones and paddle connected to the radio.  With headphones on Maestro for radio audio and a second set on the radio for sidetone (N1MM logger keying sidetones) is there a simple isolating stereo mixer that can be used for now?  I set up new Maestro this weekend and found this issue noted in manual.  My workaround was to leave powered speakers on the radio up a little to hear the cw keying.  
Sure others have a fix for now. 
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Headphones, mic, and key all connected to the radio.  On the Maestro->setup->audio select audio on radio
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OK, thanks Stan I will try it next trip to site this coming weekend. I missed the Maestro-Radio audio switch!