Got 6300... Now I'm lost! :-)

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Just as I was about to press send on my post about the stealth jpole UPS delivered my 6300.

I took a while to setup power connectors, install software, redo keyer and stuff and finally got it up and running.

The SmartSDR software is quite different from the PowerSDR with the 1500... I'm lost!  I have to poke around to find things.   But I did manage to get DAX working, got HRD connected to it as well as digital master.

Just did a PSK conversation with a guy in CA.  So things seem to be alive.

A couple questions for the masters:

1) I have Bose speakers setup on my computer for music.  I'd like to pipe SmartSDR output via the computer sound system into them.  With the 1500 I used VAC and repeater and it seemed to work ok.  Is there an easier way?  Dax seems to setup LOTS of lines.  Can I something up so I have radio audio coming through?  I'd rather not use a small cable and route that way if possible.

2) The PowerSDR software had a mode where you could right click and your cursor became crosshairs that could be us to quickly move to a signal.  This doesn't seem to work in SmartSDR.  What is the equivalent?   It seems like to get to a signal I have to drag the yellow line to it.

3) Ok this is probably just because I'm new to this stuff... But what is a slice and why would I want two of them?

4) The spectrum display... The 1500 power SDR had an option to fill it... I don't see the same thing on SmartSDR.  Not critical, just curious.  For my eyes the filling makes it very easy to see what is going on.

5) Anyone have a primer on remote operation?  How does it work?  There might be times I'd like to sit up stairs with my Mac or my MS Surface.  I realize SmartSDR doesn't work on Macs but I could probably get it to run in VMWare Fusion.   At any rate I also have a MS surface that would be perfect for it.   What happens with audio if anything?

Ok a few praises:

A) The radio is very cool.  Compact and nicely done.
C) CW break in is actually fun!  No clicking relays that I can hear.  The 1500 was a little annoying that way.

Nicely done Flex!
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For the audio via your computer, try the "Remote" button. Best approach is to run a direct line from the Flex audio out to a 2nd input on your Bose speakers (not sure if you have that, though).

You can double click on the panadapter to change frequency, drag the yellow line, or use the mouse wheel. FlexControl knob is a great addition.

Think of slices as separate radios you can configure independently, but using the same antenna. For split operation, band scouting, etc. For example, I often run a slice on 6m to check beacons while monitoring digital sub bands on another slice.

Panadapter fill - not yet, but I hear it is a popular request.

Remote - remember that only one client can be running (at least right now). If you want to run a remote client (and the suggested Mac DogParkSDR is excellent) you will need to close SSDR. I've had good luck with VNC for remote operating digimodes remotely, too. So you can operate your main machine and SSDR instance from anywhere. A Windows remote can run SSDR, of course, but only on the same LAN (until version 2.0).

Oh, and with either a Mac or Windows remote client, the remote audio function works fine for moving sound where you need it. K6TU has sent an iPad remote app with audio to the iOS App Store - iPad users will have that as an option, too.